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    Just bought a Rebel XTI kit at an office depot in Corona that was closing down for $230. It was 399.99 and was on special clearance for 43% off. Looking to buy a better lense eventually but figured i could use the one it came with until i feel limited by it. Anyways, kind of new to taking photos but i enjoy streetscapes and pictures of nothing as my wife calls it. anyways, look forward to reading this thread and getting some tips.

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    Welcome! I would say definitely use the lens that came with it and get a feel for what focal length you like shooting, then you can make a more informed decision on what upgrade lens to buy.

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    thanks bro

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    More foodtography:



    I'm disappointed a bit by the loss of detail in the far side of the plate. The light setup was quick and dirty, with ambient from the high right, the SB-800 at 1/2 power above and slightly left. Looking at it after the fact, I need a reflector in the front and camera left to illuminate the front of the broccoli a little. The wine bottle turned out to be meaningless to the image, because I was a in tight to the plate. I had to, because of the edge of the cooktop that is in the top right corner of the image. And I'm not sure I'm happy with the angle of the plate. The camera was set up so the right side of the wine bottle was vertical in the image.

    Rip me a new one, guys. Tell me if this shot works or doesn't.
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    I'd hire you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeShootsNScores View Post
    I'd hire you.
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    I agree with everything you said, Glenn. But....had you not said all of that, I would still think it's a great shot. 100X better than 95% of all the other food/menu photography you/I see out there.

    Great work.


    (I don't want this to sound weird or anything else, but your work really inspires me.)

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    I'm disappointed a bit by the loss of detail in the far side of the plate. The light setup was quick and dirty, with ambient from the high right, the SB-800 at 1/2 power above and slightly left. Looking at it after the fact, I need a reflector in the front and camera left to illuminate the front of the broccoli a little. The wine bottle turned out to be meaningless to the image, because I was a in tight to the plate. I had to, because of the edge of the cooktop that is in the top right corner of the image. And I'm not sure I'm happy with the angle of the plate. The camera was set up so the right side of the wine bottle was vertical in the image.

    Rip me a new one, guys. Tell me if this shot works or doesn't.

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    so somehow I stumbled upon this site... very interesting... (and no, I didn't stumble because the word PORN was in the web addy...)

    good stuff.... check it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    Tell me if this shot works or doesn't.
    I think the food itself has been well lit and well photographed. I think where the image falls a little short is in the dressing the area around the plate (wine glass, cutlery, center piece, etc.) that really help make a plate of food a family, romantic, or fun meal. Also, for me, I think I would like the see the plate just a little more in frame.

    I think your self critique is right on as well, adding a little fill to the broccoli area of the plate to preserve some of the detail there would help. Also, I'm not sure what your situation was (if at home or a restaurant), but having a bit more light so you could stop down and get just a touch more depth of field so we could make out more of the things on the plate. For instance, the peppers or tomatoes on the far side of the plate are hard to resolve.

    All in all though, I think you have the knack for the actual lighting of the food, which is the hard part. I think the first Granville photo is right on, minus just a touch of fill, and the angles in this one work for me as well. The one thing I would try and play with (because I don't know if it would work or not, but might be a fun exercise) is there is a lot of diffuse light reflecting of the chicken, but not much direct light, which is giving the chicken a slightly dry look. If you move you key around subtly to try and get that reflection in the chicken, I wonder if it would help it feel a little more moist.

    Nice shot, and nice work Glenn!

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