food fotography flash?

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  1. jrizo1

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    Hi guys i am a chef in central Florida and i am trying to make a cook book
    i need you guys to help me out to chose the rigt flash
    i usuly only take out door pictures so much that i do not even have a external flash for my camara, so can you help me up to pick up the rigt one
    i will be taking most of the pictures in the kitchen it is a big kitchen, light it with floresent lights, i do not want to bring big lights becouse it is a high traficated kitchen and i am goin to be taking pictures daily as i cook

    i have a : canon xsi, and i am going to be using a canon 60mm micro lenses for this proyec.
    thank you for yor advice all.
     
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    You can't easily light with fluorescent lights and a flash. You'd have to gel the flash and I'd have a color meter on-hand just to make sure. In any event, I don't mean any offense but it doesn't sound much like you know what you're doing. Maybe you're not going for something as extravagant as the French Laundry cookbook, but if you want solid photos I'd suggest hiring someone.
     
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    i am not doing a book like french laundry cook book that one of the best books in the market ,and just want to do a good book with exelent recipies and good pictures.
     
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    Should i plan on doing taking the pictures outside then?
     
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    Food photography is a specialist area, in most shots you see in restaurants/cookbooks/adverts the food is undercooked, sprayed with glycerine and stage managed by a stylist etc etc. it is highly unlikely your snaps of meals would be good enough for publication, I suggest you buy stock shots of the meals you are making for the book, it'll be the easiest option. A busy kitchen is not the ideal place to be taking professional imagery such as these. H
     
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    Yeah you can. Just over power the lights. Flourescents aren't that bright and at ISO 100, f/5.6 and shutter speed 1/250, you should be able to kill them easy.

    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

    Budget? The below were taken with one flash, a stand, umbrella adapter, shoot through umbrella, and a set of radio triggers. You can set a two light setup for about $150 if you go with used flashes. I was just taking these for a food forum so I wasn't worried about shadows, but with two lights, you could set them up, even clamp them to a table or something, and just have everything standing by for when you need it.

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    Sounds like he wants pictures of the process. You can get some good photos as long as you keep presentation in mind.
     
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    I think you'd be much better off taking a day and making food specifically to photograph. That way you can get it just right and not worry about having to work as well.
     
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    i like vilage idea and i can also have a time frame from 5 yo 6 pm to do it you nkow after work.

    Village could you gime a litle more info on the ligth that you recoment please.
     
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