Alu Gobi

I shot a food party tonight, for a glossy magazine. This included, of course, some food shots.

My setup was simple:

One 430EX flash in an umbrella above the food, and one 430EX direct flash with grid side/behind the food.

The camera: a Canon 1Ds MkIII with a 100mm f/2.8 EF Macro lens, with a 580EX flash fitted to drive the other two flashes. I set the camera to manual, f/8 at 1/125th second, 200 ISO, and used wireless E-TTL to drive the external flashes.

The shots: like this one of an Alu Gobi dish (it was freshly cooked Indian food):

See the steam?

And the food? Delicious.

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  1. Michael, this is an interesting post. Recently I had been asked by a friend of mine to shoot some sushi for the cover of a book she’s publishing. I hadn’t thought about firing upwards into an umbrella. I wasn’t very happy with my results.

    Luckily, my friend wasn’t happy with the look of the sushi (preparation wise), so I’ll be giving this another go. I will definitely be using this method.


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