Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Recipe Photography – March 2014

Sweet & Spicy Shrimp with Green Beans

BP imaging Food Recipe Appetizer Photography Sweet & Spicy Shrimp with Green Beans

     1 tbsp vegetable oil
     1 lb large shrimp, peeled and patted dry
     1/2 cup sugar
     1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
     2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
     2 tbsp dry sherry
     1 tbsp soy sauce
     1 lb green beans
     1 tsp sesame oil
     1 tbsp black sesame seeds
     Cilantro for garnish (optional)

Visit the BP imaging blog posting for the full recipe, instructions and a PDF version!

Check Out BP imaging Food Photography On Pinterest!

BP imaging food photography is now on pinterest

Visit Bochsler Photo Imaging’s Pinterest page for frequent updates in categories such as:

With special pins on specific jobs like The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro, Tre Stelle’s Melt Magazine and our monthly Food and Drink Recipe Calendar Photography!

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Parfait Recipe Photography – February 2014

Bircher Muesli – Parfait Photography

BP imaging Breakfast Recipe Photography of Bircher Muesli Parfait

     1-750 gram tub plain 2.5% yogurt
     1 apple
     1 cup rolled oats
     1 lemon (juice and zest)
     1/2 cup blueberries
     1/2 cup raspberries
     1/2 cup chopped pistachios
     1/3 cup honey
     1/4 cup cocao nibs
     1/4 cup hemp seeds
     1 passion fruit (optional)

Visit the BP imaging blog posting for the full recipe, instructions and a PDF version!

Soup Recipe Photography – January 2014

Hearty Chorizo and Greens – Soup Photography

BP imaging Soup Recipe Photography Chorizo Greens Soup

     1/2 cup medium grind cornmeal
     2 tablespoons olive oil
     1/2 cup each diced carrot, celery and onion
     2 cloves minced garlic
     10 cups chicken broth
     300 grams smoked chorizo sausage, thinly sliced
     2 cups chopped kale
     2 cups chopped collard greens
     1 cup canned mixed beans
     2 eggs
     1/2 cup grated parmesan
     1 teaspoon pepper

Visit the BP imaging blog posting for the full recipe, instructions and a PDF version!

Cocktail Recipe Photography – December 2013

Maple Tangerine “Gin-gle” – Cocktail Photography

BP imaging Cocktail Recipe Photography Tangerine Gin

     3 maple candies, finely chopped
     4 tablespoons pasteurized egg whites
     1 cup ice
     2 tablespoons maple syrup
     1 cup tangerine juice
     3 oz. gin

Visit the BP imaging blog posting for the full recipe, instructions and a PDF version!

BP imaging Food Photography For Melt Magazine Fall / Winter 2013

BP imaging Food Photography Melt Magazine Fall /  Winter 2013

BP imaging‘s professional commercial food photographer John Lynch did another terrific job with the new Melt Magazine Fall/Winter 2013 edition for Tre Stelle (a client of OKD Marketing).

Melt Magazine’s seasonal Fall / Winter issue is full of John’s impressive photography of delicious dishes all including Tre Stelle cheeses. Some examples include brownies, donuts, sandwiches, stuffed meatballs / turkey, hor dourves, and cocktails! If you find any of the images spark your appetite, all the recipes, ingredients and directions are available in the magazine.

View the blog posting for a behind the scenes video of “The Magic Behind Melt Magazine – Fall / Winter 2013″ with the food photographer and stylist in as they prepare the perfect photographs.

Visit BP imaging’s Food Photography section for more photographs including beverages, desserts and more!

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Lighting Techniques For Capturing Food Photography – Mirrors

Professionals in real estate and home decorating consistently recommend hanging mirrors on your walls to open up the room and make it feel larger. The placement of the mirror is important to reflect the sunlight from windows to fill your room with warmth and light. This simple trick of adding a mirror is capable of illuminating your home can also take your food photography to the next level!

As product / food photographers we are always seeking new ways to manipulate light to showcase the best features of glasses, bottles, plates, food, or anything else under the sun. Mirrors can be adjusted and aimed to add highlights to edges, reflect light behind or through your subject and increase the range of a stationary light. When it comes to food photography on a tabletop, mirrors are very portable and versatile as they remove the need to bring a full studio equipment setup to a location.

BP imaging Food Photography Lighting Techniques - Mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors can redirect light into every nook and cranny for perfectly lit food photography shots. Shooting outdoors provides challenges of its own with harsh lighting creating dark shadows. Because you’re using the mirror to bounce the light, you don’t need anything fancy or heavy. You’re not placing it over a fireplace, the main purpose is to reflect the light to manipulate the lighting in the photograph. Other common lighting tools are plexiglass and acrylic mirrors that are light weight and easy to reposition, hang and transport.

The next time you have difficulty lighting a food photography shot, use mirrors to bring out the perfect lighting composition.

BP imaging Food Photography For Melt Magazine/OKD Marketing

Melt Magazine Cover Tre Stelle Spring/Summer 2013

Commercial food photographer John Lynch did an excellent job with the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of Melt Magazine for Tre Stelle (a client of OKD Marketing). The magazine aims at “a love affair with cheese” and is full of John’s incredible food photography along with recipes and directions on how to prepare the dishes yourself.

Click “more” to see the variety of foods that were shot including summer peaches, ricotta dessert pizza, bacon and avocado sandwhich, vegetable frites and more! All using Tre Stelle cheeses! Also giving a sneak behind the scenes YouTube video of the food & drink photographer and stylist.

For more food, drink & beverage photography that BP imaging has shot, visit the Food Photography section.

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Creative Lighting For Food Photography Using Glass Blocks

Lighting in food photography can be very challenging, but sometimes you just need to think differently. When using natural lighting for food photography glass blocks can help light the food / beverage that is being photographed. We use the glass to diffuse and direct the light in a different way than traditional reflectors or soft boxes. When using natural light, the common challenge is controlling the intensity of the light. Instead you have to use modifiers like mirrors to either decrease or increase the intensity of the light shining on the food product. Glass blocks work wonders as modifiers as they can control the intensity of the light and soften the lighting on the product. This technique is the closest thing to lowering the dimmer switch down on the sun without putting up black out curtains.

We also use glass blocks to create streaks of light across a food product set when using strobes. This helps to break up the light and creates light highlights and shadows on the backdrop. As you can see in the two images below, the shadows have drastically changed by using a glass block from the first “without glass blocks” and the second “with glass blocks.” Here is an example we did for a photo shoot for pizza:

Without Glass Block

BP imaging Food Photography Lighting Technique Without Glass Blocks

With Glass Block

BP imaging Food Photography Lighting Technique With Glass Blocks

As you can see the shadows surrounding the plate and on the pizza in the first photo are much more defined and hard. When using the glass blocks in the second picture, it is apparent that the shadows are softer and lighter. Diffusing the natural light can make a huge difference in any photo and can be the difference when shooting a product. For our work at BP imaging, the glass blocks are a must when photographing food to manipulate the hard directional main light from burning out the product in areas. We also use them in the background on a reflective surface to breakup the smoothness of the surface.

Grab a few glass blocks and see what they can do for you when photographing with natural lighting.

Using Creative Backdrops For Food / Drink Photography

BP imaging Food and Drink Photography Using Creative Backdrops

While there are a ton of different and unique backdrops for sale, they can often be overpriced for a photographer. Get the look you want in your images for much less cost by using daily items as backdrops.

For a lot of our food photography at BP Imaging, we use a rustic theme. In the past we have used old skids that we have painted for a creative backdrop. If we require a large set, we will customize a backdrop with sheets and paint to get the required look. Even if you don’t have an item in mind, there are a variety of things at your local Goodwill and Salvation Army to find inspiration.

We have compiled a list of unique and creative backdrops which are easy to use, look great and are completely customizable:

  • Shower curtains
  • Large towels
  • Tablecloths, blankets (the bigger the better), quilts, sheets, fabric, curtains, upholstery, rugs, drop cloth, etc
  • Wood panelling, plywood sheets, tile board, wall panelling from a hardware store
  • Christmas lights
  • Antique or painted doors or window frames
  • Bubble wrap tacked to a board, aluminium foil glued to a board
  • Old newspapers, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, butcher paper, paper drawer liner
  • Bamboo shades, wooden blinds
  • Mirrors
  • Old display boards and signage from department stores/retail stores
  • Seamless paper + added recycled party decorations
  • Garage floor

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