Steak Pie

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  1. redbourn

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    My latest food photo and hopefully they are getting better.

    It looks a little too yellow to me and also seems to have a hint of green.

    I used a gray card and also have Spyder hardware which I used to calibrate my monitor.

    Have tried to incorporate some tips that were given me on previous posts.

    Comment and suggestions would be very welcome.

    Michael

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    I'd eat it, so, guess the shot is just fine. <3
     
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    You'd eat anything.

    I don't see the yellow that you mentioned. The whites look white to me. I think you still need to expand your posing repertoire. I see only the two dishes, and while they look good, it doesn't make a good photogenic composition.
     
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    Damn it! :(
     
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    Thanks, for a cookbook that's good news.
     
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    Thanks, I'm just working on so much right now. Camera softbox and layout etc.

    When I start to get photos that I can use for my book I will go back and reshoot a lot or all of them.

    Makes recooking every meal again.

    I think this photo is pretty good for my book.
     
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    Looking at the shot on this laptop I do see the yellow with tints of green in the low spots of the crust. Everything else looks good though.
     
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    I like it - looks very appetising!
    I actually like the composition - good leading lines and the colour of the vegetables brings a freshness to the pie.
     
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    Both the pastry and the meat steak pie-2-1.jpg have a slight greenish tinge. In Lightroom I did a white balance by sampling the light shadow areas of dish handle, the resulting correction was temp -1, tint +27 and much nicer colours.
    If colour rendition is important to you (as I suspect it is in food photography) you should do a custom white balance for your camera at the start of each session. Also if you shoot RAW you could consider getting an X-rite Colorchecker Passport and making a custom colour profile for your camera under your studio lighting conditions. You should find that the colours come out much truer using a custom camera profile in ACR than they do using the Adobe defaults.
     
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    Garnish the pie I would, and get a little lower to include some background separation.

    Looks tasty.
     
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    Here are some of my feedback below, also I would have liked to see all the meat in focus (focus stacking would help), I would have removed all the highlights where the meat meets the gravy and on the meat (circular polarizer would fix this), the underexposed area could be fixed with a white bounce card (I use white/black foam board).

    I also see the green tint, but your whites are white so I would select the crust and reduce the green saturation. I would add have lowered the angle a little more and added a glass or milk/ice tea and adding a fork might add that little bit of a pop.

    What kind of lights are you using CFL? Some of these can cast a green tint also be vigilant about what you are wearing(stay with dark colors) and other colorful things around your shooting area color cast could be causing this too.

    Please don't think this is a bad review it is pretty good just trying to get you to the next step. Also remember keep shooting you can only get better.

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    Thanks for the tips!
    Thanks for the comments.

    Clone stamp well spotted! Might not have needed to do it as it was some pastry.

    I can darken the veg in LR but not much I can do about over exposed now. What could I have done about it when shooting?

    Very interesting about the clothes and never thought about that !

    I don't know about "focus stacking" but will check it out.

    CFL - 5500 just one.
     

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