This 2 hour session was taught by Jim Scherer, the food photographer for Boston Globe, in the BU kitchen where the gastronomy students take their cooking classes. The best part of the class was a demo of a photoshoot of the food the students have prepared earlier that afternoon. Those must have been the most educational snow peas stuffed with lobster. First they gave gastronomy students some practice with hors d'oeuvres, then they gave us an opportunity to witness a professional food photography session, and finally they provided us with a much needed snack since food photography has a tendency to make people hungry.
Here are some highlights of what I learned from that seminar:
- It's easy to create cool backgrounds with colored paper. The textured paper in the picture above is from Paper Source in Porter Sq., Cambridge.
- Natural lighting works best. Now that the days are getting longer, there is hope of catching some of that precious light when we get home from work.
- Lighting from behind gives the picture more depth.
- Although food is usually served on large plates, the pictures are taken on little plates. For some reason the plates look much bigger in the picture than they do in real life.
What food photography does inspire me to do is to write. Like today -- I was going to be good and go to bed early, but then I downloaded the food pictures I took this weekend and here I am blogging at 11pm.
Sorry guys -- no measurements for this salad. But it is the simplest thing ever and you can use absolutely any crunchy spring veggies. I started by trimming sugar snap peas and cutting them on the diagonal. Added some thinly sliced radishes (Japanese adjustable slicer does a superb job with those), some blanched asparagus (I used white asparagus, but green works just as well), and radish sprouts (I found these in a Japanese store). I then added a good handful of mint and dill (but you can use whatever herbs you have on hand). A good squirt of lemon, a little olive oil, salt and pepper -- done! Mix it all together and admire your healthy spring creation. Hey, while you are at it, you can even take a picture.