Magazine Cover

Now I have selected my final image from the ones I marked on Capture One, I started seeing what it would look like with the magazine template over the top. Before I could do this, I had to take the white background out of the cover template to be able to see my image underneath the cover. Once this was done, I saved it and dragged it into the overlay section on Capture One, doing this allowed me to see what it would look like as a finished ‘product’.

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Now I can see my finished magazine cover, I am very pleased with how it looks. The image fits perfectly within the cover template, I didn’t have to crop any parts out or have any bits being covered up by the text. I feel that my image works very well with the magazine cover and has a ‘christmassy’ feel to it. With the icing sugar falling on top of the cakes looking like snow and the magazine name being in bold red letters, its very christmas themed. I really like the fact that my images has a theme to it and feel that it makes my dramatic image seem a bit softer with the ‘snow’ falling from the top.

 

 

Selecting My Favourites

When selecting my favourite/best images to use for my magazine cover shot, I marked them on Capture One. I used Red marks first to select a few of my best images, and then I went through the ones marked in Red and whittled them down to two best shots using a Green mark. I will select one of the Green marked images to use for my final magazine cover.

I don’t feel the need to edit any of my images, as I like them the way they are. The two images marked in green have the right amount of contrast, highlight and focus that I am happy with them the way they are. I feel that too much retouching will ruin my image and the “dramatic” look I have captured.

 

My Images

I am overall very happy with how my food shoot turned out. Food photography was something I had never really done properly before, only ever played about with it here and there. From my research and visuals in mind, I was excited to experiment with cakes and icing sugar to try and get my prefect shot. I overcame my worries of ‘not getting my perfect shot’ with the help of my team, especially Naphesa. She had a lot of patience with me as I was very picky with how my image looked. She helped me with the icing sugar, the camera setting and setting my food items up to how I wanted them. I feel that I captured my ‘dramatic’ shot that I had wanted to capture from the start. Using a dark background and dim lighting set a certain mood to my images that I really liked. Apart from the shades of brown from the icing, my images almost have a “monochrome” effect.

I managed to capture a number of images which had the icing sugar falling, showing the movement and direction of the sugar falling on top of the cakes.

 

Test Shoot

To have a practise go at photographing cakes, I did a test shoot at home to give myself an idea of what direction I wanted my lighting, what props I wanted in my shot and what angle I wanted to take my photo at. Doing this test shoot helped me figure out the perfect shot I would like to get a bit more.

When it is my time slot to shoot, I am going to create a couple of different style photographs and see which one works best with the magazine cover template. I am going to have some shots where the cakes are stacked up with nothing else involved in the picture apart from lighting and a backdrop and I am also going to create a few shots with a cake on either a plate or chopping board. With a spoon or fork for my prop, most likely taken from a birds eye view as I like that look of photo.

Although my lighting isn’t great as I improvised at home, I am glad with how my test shots came out. I will find these useful when it comes to doing my real shoot and will refer back to them to help me get the cover shot I want.

Cake Photography

I decided on shooting cake for my magazine cover because a lot of fellow students were going down the healthy route. The magazine template we have been given to add our final image into is titled “Good Food” and I think a lot of people have taken this title very literally and automatically thought that “Good” means “Healthy” when it doesn’t necessarily. ‘Good Food’ can be interpreted in many different ways. Meaning healthy food is ‘good’ for low calories and low fat, or meaning ‘good’ as in good looking/appealing food… whether it be a cake, to a vegetable stir fry or even a burger. It can be taken in many ways and this helped me decide on photographing a ‘good’ looking cake.

As I am now decided on doing cake photography, I looked at my cake making book at home for some final inspiration before my planning stage. I wanted to see what types of photographs it featured and what they particularly focused on to make a good looking photograph.

Looking at these images in the book has given me a better idea of the kind of photo I want to take.

Looking At Magazines

After looking at food photography and finding inspiration from photographers, I decided to next look at food magazine covers. From my research I now know I want to have a very simple, bold, macro shot for my front cover. I also decided that I wanted to focus on cake photography. As cakes have a lot of texture, colour and detail, this would make the perfect shot for my magazine cover. I had a look at some food magazine covers that featured cakes and a lot of the results came back with a lot of pink colours and berries featuring in the images. I want to try and go the opposite of this with my cake shot and have it quite dark, well lit and be shot close to the subject. I feel that this will give a dramatic looking shot for the magazine cover.

Looking At Photographers

I looked into a number of photographers for inspiration to help me settle on a style that I would like to photograph myself. I came across some of these photographers online and I found some of their names in a monthly food magazine published by the supermarket chain, Asda.

Tim Hill- 

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Tim Hill is a London based food photographer who works with his wife Zoe to capture the perfect image. Tim’s wife Zoe sets up the props, studio, lighting and even styles the food for Tim to capture the image and retouch it.

I am a fan of Tim’s work since discovering more about him, I love how much detail he captures in his images, and how he takes the photographs so close which allows us to see all the colours and details. I also like how he changes the style of photograph with different backgrounds, different props, lighting and also the angles he uses. When planning my food photographs, I am going to refer back to Tim’s work to help me plan my perfect shot.

Kevin Summers- 

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Kevin Summers is an advertorial food photographer who create bright, colourful food images used for food brands such as Heinz, Pukka Pies and Flora. He uses bold text over the top of his images and puns/humour. The style of some of his work is very simple, with food on white plates and backgrounds and some of his work is more ‘arty’ with food being sliced up or misshaped/rearranged to look slightly abstract. I like the style of his work, however there is ‘too much’ going on in his images in my opinion and I prefer the style of Tim Hill than Kevin Summers.

Irving Penn-

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Irving Penn is an American photographer who is famously known for his fashion, still life and portrait photography. Penn’s compositions are sparse and highly organised, paying very close attention to detail. He assembles food and/or objects that articulate the abstract interplay of line and volume. According to Penn, “photographing a cake can be art”. I like the simple abstract style of his work, the unique arrangements and shapes he creates make you look into his images more. For example, some of his work features apple skins in curl shapes, raw eggs and even food in cube forms, making it seem like more than just ‘food photography’ but more like art.

When taking my images, I am going to refer to the work of Tim Hill. As his style of work appeals to me very much, I would like to try and replicate my images in his style. I am going to photograph very close to the food, with bright lighting to bring out every minimal detail.

Research (Part 1)

To get some ideas flowing for my food photography brief, I had a look online at what food photography was out there already. I took to Pinterest and Google to have a search through to see what types of food were the most popular to photograph, what particular light settings were used and what props were used within the images to complete the image. As well as looking online, I am going to look at books and magazines to also gain more research and inspiration.

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My search results online came back with majority of the images having a very similar look. A lot of the images that I came across had dark backgrounds, bright coloured food contrasting with the dark backgrounds and lighting that highlighted all the right parts of the food and colour.

I personally really like this style of food photography as I feel it looks very professional and I like how to colour pops out of the image, making the food look very appealing to eat and look at.

Food Magazine Cover- The Brief

The first brief we have been set for Advertising photography is to shoot a ‘Food Magazine Cover’. This will be shot in a studio using a Phase One camera and having other students help to assist and direct us. In lesson both Julian and Chris talked us through the brief and I made a variety of notes as the lesson went on to get as much information in my head as I could and to also try and start thinking of ideas while reading through these notes.

We got given specific groups and time slots in lesson to shoot in the studio. It runs over both Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of October and whichever day we aren’t shooting we are in lesson helping assist the other students in our group and giving them creative direction to get them a good photo. I am excited by this brief as I love food photography and have always wanted to try it out in a studio.

The notes I made in lesson consist of things I need to consider for my final image, for example.. will I need any props? what background will I need? what style of photograph am I going to take and at what angle? I also wrote down some food photographers and food magazines that I am going to research to get ideas and inspiration from.

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