Working at Katom Restaurant Supplies has allowed me to learn some new things. I have learned a great deal about reflective and transparent surfaces and some interesting ways to shoot and finish them. I’ve learned how to create at least 5 different images of a simple, white bowl. But best of all I’ve had the change to work on food photography.
The Katom blog features a recipe every couple weeks. When we first started shooting these, I had a little trouble figuring out the best way to light them. After experimenting with straight on diffused lighting, I decided that wasn’t going to work for us. So, now I just bounce the strobe off of the ceiling for more even lighting.
The images that I prefer are the ones shot directly from overhead. These give a full view of the food without having to worry too much about the background or setups. Don’t get me wrong, I love to do setups. But too many items in the pic can be distracting and confusing. It’s important to keep it simple.
Images from an angle
I also enjoy shooting the process. I like to show the apples being cut or the food being mixed and prepared. We don’t use them on the blog because we only have so much space.
The best part about shooting the photos for the recipe blog is that I get to eat the props!