Photo of the Week 05 November 2013
Congratulations to Agustín Nieto of Buenos Aires, Argentina for his amazing photo “Owl Cubed”. We are pleased to bring you this interview with Agustín about the fun and challenges of food photography.
What type of camera, gear and equipment did you use to capture the shot? Do you have a title for this image?
For this project, I used a Canon 5d mark II with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L. As a key light source I use a Profoto Compac 600 with a Profoto 3×4 Softbox and a white fill card to have some information in the shadows. I used Adobe Lightroom 5 for post processing.
The title of the image is “Owl Cubed” and is a part of a 5-photo series entitled “A Tribute to Budgie.”
How did you prep and plan for this shoot? What inspired you to play with food in this way?
This particular shot is part of a work-in-progress project based on birds created by American Food Stylist Anna Keville Joyce ( www.akjfoodstyling.com ; facebook.com/akjfoodstyling ) and myself. We are developing the series as a tribute to Anna’s budgie bird back in the United States with the idea of exhibiting the complete series of photos as a collection.
How did you become involved with food photography? What is your best advice or gear recommendation for someone trying to capture their favorite dish?
A few years back I was able to cover a story for a local food magazine. Until then I hadn’t felt a special attraction to food photography. However, when I saw the food through the lens illuminated only by the light of the morning, I experienced a magical moment – indescribable. Since then I’ve focused all my energy on food photography.
I enjoy the whole process, whether is for a commercial job, or personal or editorial projects.
I really enjoy working in teams and usually within this market the people are great.
The best piece of advice I can give is same one I received a long time ago: take as many pictures as you can…only by practicing a lot can one improve. My other tip would be to keep it simple on the shoot, both with the composition elements and with the lighting choices.
What is the photography scene like in Buenos, Aires?
Buenos Aires market is of course smaller than that of the US, but it’s very interesting and very alive. Buenos Aires is one of the big players of the South American photography scene, especially in regards to food photography, and it’s where companies and agencies from all over the world come to shoot. The photographers are creative, knowledgeable, and active, and we have a very interesting mix of people and projects.
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
Food photography is currently what wakes me up at night with new ideas…
How did you come across Calumet’s Photo of the Week contest?
I’ve been a subscriber of the Calumet newsletter for some time now and I always use the weekly contest as a source of inspiration.
You can find more of Agustín’s amazing work all over the web at:
His portfolio: http://www.hqfstudio.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hqfstudio
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