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Goofy

« on: March 11, 2014, 09:16 »
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I've taken to the food area and have found some interesting comments already- here is one image (passed all the stock companies) that I would love to get some feed back from the pro's- Do most of you agree on the comments of this image?  Thanks Tom

http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/view?id=2572045





« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 09:58 »
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« Last Edit: May 11, 2014, 23:41 by tickstock »

Goofy

« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2014, 10:01 »
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good points tickstock! Thanks

« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2014, 10:09 »
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its not so bad and dof is well placed.
But there are problems, meaning, you are up against extreme competition and you do not adress that.

1...The light. What you have chosen of light does not add texture to the middle of the picture. The most important part of the image is almost burned out. You need micro shadows in that area.
2...DOF. There is such a thing as stacking, and your competitors use that.
3.. Cramped. It is not a light picture, and it only fits in a square. From a designers view it does not fit well in a more loose composition. Meaning. The plate is too full of food, and there is not enough white in the picture, so it can only stand alone and not fit into a composition of fx broken text lines..

Shelma1

« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2014, 10:12 »
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I'm not a photographer, but I've been on many food shoots, making decisions about tableware. :) I second the fork opinion...it immediately caught my eye. I'd recommend buying a nice, sleek, neutral place setting and using it only for shoots to keep it pristine.

« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2014, 11:11 »
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In addition to the comments above (and I noticed the rather banged up fork too - it said "grungy diner" which may not be the look you want) I think you want to consider who, other than you, might eat fried, battered fish with yams and salsa.

I love yams and I love fish, but if I think fish and chips I don't think of a plate that looks like yours - perhaps there's a niche there, but perhaps it's just offbeat enough that it won't sell. Take a look at a search for fish and chips on SS

If I'm thinking healthy eating, I'll have yams with baked fish, not something breaded or battered. If I'm indulging in a favorite comfort food, I'll go with potato fries and tartar sauce. I think you've mixed things up in a way that hurt the appeal of the image. I'd also ditch the parsley

The other thing I'd change is the mat - it looks very old fashioned and not in a funky or retro way.

Watch food network shows or look at sites that cover plating and get some ideas. Not that there is one "right" way to do it, but it'll give you some things to think about visually

« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2014, 11:47 »
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backlight it. make the shadows work for you

Goofy

« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2014, 11:52 »
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Just tossed the silverware in the recycle bin - getting new stuff today that will strictly stay in the studio  ;)


Beppe Grillo

« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2014, 05:51 »
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Out of other any considerations, when you do this kind of food photos you should use new tools, new objects (or make post production to give them an aspect of new), unless you want to create a specific mood of course.
This kind of photos needs to be absolutely "clean", under any aspects.
Your fork seems to have been already used, you should have used a perfectly new one (out of the box and without scratches).

« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2014, 17:01 »
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Tasty looking fish :)

I wish the green leaves didn't look quite as limp, apart from the over tight composition.

« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2014, 21:37 »
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I don't shoot food but does the fork need to be in that picture? If so, I would shoot it at a different angle.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2014, 21:49 »
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OTOH, Andrew Scrivani buys a lot of his props (cutlery, crockery, backgrounds) in flea markets and antique sales.
Maybe bright and pristine is too over-saturated in stock?

« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2014, 21:56 »
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OTOH, Andrew Scrivani buys a lot of his props (cutlery, crockery, backgrounds) in flea markets and antique sales.
Maybe bright and pristine is too over-saturated in stock?


The rest of the image would need to look different if you're going for grunge or retro. This is a fork with no charm :).

Goofy

« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2014, 22:10 »
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OTOH, Andrew Scrivani buys a lot of his props (cutlery, crockery, backgrounds) in flea markets and antique sales.
Maybe bright and pristine is too over-saturated in stock?


The rest of the image would need to look different if you're going for grunge or retro. This is a fork with no charm :).

That fork is history- got an entire new set strictly for stock shots.  :D


« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2014, 12:33 »
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Sorry for the lateness...

I find the overall image very bright.  Someone said you want to backlight a bit to get some shadows, and they're right.  It also helps reveal textures.  These days, I prefer more realistic settings, and this looks like "I put a plate of food on a placemat to take a photo of it".  Along those lines, why is the fork there?  You've got just the head in there, it doesn't have a bit or anything on it.  I'd prefer it to the side in a setting, or across the plate, or anywhere more than "This is as much as I could get in the shot".

The fish looks nice and crispy, although the sides come across as underdone.  I assume those are sweet potato fries?  But the back right comes across more as peaches or something wet.

Just some things to thing about.

Goofy

« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2014, 12:45 »
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Thanks Sean...



« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2014, 12:22 »
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That's a very "tasty" picture indeed. I think that finding a high-quality photo on the Internet is kind of risky especially due to copyrights complaints. I'm also looking for a stock photo service for my blog, with legal nice looking images, at affordable price. Recently I found YAYimages.com with an incredible streaming feature too. What do you guys think?

« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2014, 12:37 »
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Overall a nice image, but a little over lit and the style is a bit outdated.  Check out a few food blogs for a more up to date style, here are some links.

http://hipsterfood.tumblr.com/

http://theforestfeast.com/

« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2014, 13:54 »
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Sorry for the lateness...

I find the overall image very bright.  Someone said you want to backlight a bit to get some shadows, and they're right.  It also helps reveal textures.  These days, I prefer more realistic settings, and this looks like "I put a plate of food on a placemat to take a photo of it".  Along those lines, why is the fork there?  You've got just the head in there, it doesn't have a bit or anything on it.  I'd prefer it to the side in a setting, or across the plate, or anywhere more than "This is as much as I could get in the shot".

The fish looks nice and crispy, although the sides come across as underdone.  I assume those are sweet potato fries?  But the back right comes across more as peaches or something wet.

Just some things to thing about.

The fork should have some purpose such as leading the eye to the focal point of the subject __ as opposed to simply being distracting. The lemon is distracting too because it is too bright. You generally need to turn lemon slices over or sideways so that they don't catch too much light.

Who's going to buy the image? How many places sell breaded fish with yams and salsa? Far too niche to be commercially successful. Fish generally sells better when it is cut or broken open to show the fleshy flakes inside __ it looks more appetising that way too.

The image is slightly over-exposed for my eyes as well.

« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2014, 13:54 »
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That's a very "tasty" picture indeed. I think that finding a high-quality photo on the Internet is kind of risky especially due to copyrights complaints. I'm also looking for a stock photo service for my blog, with legal nice looking images, at affordable price. Recently I found YAYimages.com with an incredible streaming feature too. What do you guys think?

Yay's streaming isn't going to be much of a hit with those of us who sell :)

Out of curiosity, what do you think is an affordable blog image price?

« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2017, 21:27 »
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Heres a newbielink:https://meal5.com/simple-healthy-recipes/how-make-roasted-vegetable-pasta [nonactive] thatll surely get you a serving or two of vegetables. 


 

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