Friday, September 21, 2007

Shooting a recipe book




I had the good fortune to shoot a recipe book for NB (Media24). Without giving away too much info, all I can say it was good fun. So people wonder, what happens to food after the shoot. Well, we eat it. Simple as that.

In the old days, yes, people used to use lamp-oil to make food look nice and shiny, but since the fall of the National Party, someone has discovered olive oil and it is actually possible through the very capable hands of chefs like Jean Nel, food stylist Khanya Hunt and her right-hand woman, Thandeka (Winkie), and some basic photo technique from moi (but it's all them really), to make food look good 2-dimensionally, and then eat it afterwards.

How long does it take? Well, we were at it for 5 full days. Styling and prepping takes a long time, and while all that happens I need to get the light right, composition etc, so that when the food arrives hot and steamy, we can shoot and get it out of the way before sauces congeal etc etc etc.

Anyways, I had good fun, as you guys can see from the piccie!

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