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Profession: food photographer

Profession: food photographer

France - 2014 volume icon fr subtitle icon English duration icon 15'
Direction: Thomas Goupille
Discovering the profession of food photographer at Studio B, Paris, going to and fro between two sets, two photographers, in a beehive atmosphere. To arouse desire, the team (photographer, food stylist and decorator, retoucher, graphics artist) have vast know-how at their disposal, as well as a box of tricks that allows them to recreate the "natural" look. The kitchen is but yards from the set; a fraction of a second separates shooting and post-production. A highly technical exercise, like a bee dance, that demands constant adaptation to product, format and client against a tight timetable.

Synopsis

Discovering the profession of food photographer at Studio B, Paris, going to and fro between two sets, two photographers, in a beehive atmosphere. To arouse desire, the team (photographer, food stylist and decorator, retoucher, graphics artist) have vast know-how at their disposal, as well as a box of tricks that allows them to recreate the "natural" look. The kitchen is but yards from the set; a fraction of a second separates shooting and post-production. A highly technical exercise, like a bee dance, that demands constant adaptation to product, format and client against a tight timetable.

What you will find in this film

Preparing the set • The importance of the brief • Food styling and decoration • The art of retouching • Behind the scenes • Introduce a dynamic • Diffusers and reflectors • White light, modern light • Suggest movement • Distort the better to demonstrate • How to arouse desire • Integrated digital production line • The importance of teamwork • Nikon D3x • Column stands • From production to post-production • A slice of life in Studio B •

Preparing the set • The importance of the brief • Food styling and decoration • The art of retouching • Behind the scenes • Introduce a dynamic • Diffusers and reflectors • White light, modern light • Suggest movement • Distort the better to demonstrate • How to arouse desire • Integrated digital production line • The importance of teamwork • Nikon D3x • Column stands • From production to post-production • A slice of life in Studio B •

summary00:00 Café gourmand

summary04:24 Rib steak

summary08:30 Bread

summary10:50 Rib steak (The return!)

A good shot always starts with two trestles!
David Bonnier
David Bonnier

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summary00:00 Café gourmand

summary04:24 Rib steak

summary08:30 Bread

summary10:50 Rib steak (The return!)

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Bibliography

• FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: FROM SNAPSHOTS TO GREAT SHOTS - Author: Nicole S. Young; Peachpit Press Editions; 2015

• HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH FOOD - Author: Beata Lubas; Ilex Press; 2020

 

IN FRENCH

• LE CAMION QUI FUME, BURGERS - Author: Kristin Frederick; artist : David Bonnier; Tana éditions; 2014