Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Alex Louv. She is our first food photographer being featured; bringing her talents all the way from Ireland to KEH Spotlight. Read on to learn more about the production of these photos!
**All of these picture are in my house. In my room, because I have large windows in this place! Taken with a Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm 1.4 or 24-105mm; that depends on what I want.
For photos 1 , 2 , and 4 I have my camera on my tripod, oriented with my light (always natural). My camera is connected to my laptop and I can see my picture in direct live. That explains why they’re not perfect! Sometimes the focus isn’t exactly where I want, but I like this part of “no-perfection”. For the 3rd photo, I used a chair to be above the plate; still with my natural light and a grey paper to have a uniform background.
How long have you been a photographer & how did you begin your journey?
My first camera was for a Christmas when I was kid. Just before the holidays with my parents. After that I never stopped taking pics (or just with some empty teenager time maybe). The father of my dad was a photographer, my mum had a camera when I was little, so they pushed me to use drawing and pictures as an expressive method. So, when I wasn’t with paper and pen, I was with my camera. Now it’s a big part of my life time and I have a film camera in my bag (still if I don't use it every day!)
How would you describe your photographic style?
If we speak about my food pictures only they’re full of light and minimalist. I like to focus people to the texture of the element. My style has evolved between last year and today, they were busy, with too much element and it was too much! I like some photographers with busy composition, but I prefer looking at a graphic composition, a simple moment, a texture.
How did you get started in food photography?
It’s really new actually. A year and a half for really the first and one year regularly. I started by mistake when someone asked me to take a cake picture for a cooking contest and I happened to really like it. After that, I have taken pictures of my own food, and opened an Instagram account and blog.
What tips do you have for shooting food and setting the scene?
Make it simple. It’s possible to make a picture with nothing. A sheet, a wall, a glass of milk, your camera and you; it’s possible to make a lovely picture. When I speak with people about my pics ( not that much because it’s my garden secret) they think I have projector for the light and full of backgrounds. Some photographers have this material, it’s true, but I like the waiting game for the daylight that I want, and trying to make different photos with same elements. I’m sure my creativity is working during this moment.
How do you gain inspiration for the photos you take?
Everywhere. It could be a simple light ray in the street. I think people could think I’m weird when I say “hey look that light!” or just a colors degraded in a textured wall but light, it’s the best graphic effect ever and it’s an inexhaustible source of riches for my brain and eyes.
What advice or tips would you give to other photographers regarding finding their style?
Watch the world. Try and try again. And be positive about what you did. I remember some moments I was just disgusting by my pictures, because they weren't perfect, too much this and not enough of that. But if you try again, you will improve. It’s a long process but at the end the only thing is to take pleasure in the picture, not something to frustrated you.
What is your post production process?
For all my pictures I have an personal preset. I use it to (try) to keep the style of my food picture. I can change a pics the luminosity. After I use Photoshop when I need to retouch some parts (extend the background in general when it too small). In 20 minutes maximum my picture is ready.
Thank you, Alex , for allowing us to share these photos! Check out more of her work on Instagram and her website.
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