Food Porn 101 at FoodBuzz Festival 2010

Hi! I'm Marc, and I want to teach you some basic techniques while giving you the confidence and inspiration to cook without recipes too!

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This past weekend, I had the honor of teaching a very large group of food bloggers how to capture truly drool-worthy food porn, regardless of what kind of camera you have. My co-presenter, the talented Laura Flowers from The Cooking Photographer focused on composition, while I tackled lighting. My secret lighting weapon? A Satco 40W

This past weekend, I had the honor of teaching a very large group of food bloggers how to capture truly drool-worthy food porn, regardless of what kind of camera you have. My co-presenter, the talented Laura Flowers from The Cooking Photographer focused on composition, while I tackled lighting.

My secret lighting weapon? A Satco 40W 5000K compact flourescent bulb. Yep, that's a lot of numbers, but there are two key bits of information to remember. First, it's a flourescent bulb, so even though it draws only 40 watts of electricity, it puts out as much light as a 150 watt incandescent bulb. The second number, 5000K, is the color temperature of the bulb. To give you some reference points, a typical incandescent bulb has a color temperature of between 2,700 and 3,300 K (yellow light) while daylight on a cloudy day comes in at around 6500K (blue light)

I use this bulb in a lamp with a translucent shade to diffuse the light (the $10 Grono lamps from Ikea work great), which makes the subject look like it's sitting by a window. As an illustration of this, the photo above was taken at the workshop in a room with no windows. If you look closely you can see the black lamp stand sticking up next to the zucchini.

Since I've gotten more than a few requests for the presentation, I've put it up on Google Docs for everyone who wasn't able to make the session click here for the presentation. Unfortunately Google compressed the slideshow so the photos don't look great, but it should still give you an idea of what's being illustrated. One of these days, I'll turn this into a full post, or perhaps a video.

If you ever have any questions about photography, don't hesitate to leave a comment or send me an email.


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