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Specialist Studio Practice – Best practice finals

Best practice images

Looking at the range of external jobs I have done I have selected my best practice images that I feel are the strongest I have printed 25 but once they were printed I then sat down and narrowed it down to my best once and I came up with the following 8 I feel they all show different things and most of the are jobs that I would do on a day to day basis as to been a food photographer. But dong these external jobs has helped and gave me that knowledge and understand of what to expect when photographing events like this again in the future.

I have selected a makeup shoot and a wedding photography shoot which I did ad well as the Snap sugar catering shoot I did which shows stylist setting the food on the wooden plates. And the great British deli shoot which was based on photographing products.

I am happy within the selection of images as they are very strong images and show my experience within other genre that I haven’t had much experience in but just by doing them I have built that and gained confidence and knowledge within it which I am very pleased about.

 Image size and Finish

Size: 12×18 Luster finish



Specialist Studio Practice – Proposal final images





During my final year of university I have focused on my final major project and done a range of shoots that I have massively developed. I feel my images can talk for themselves and also they have a signature to show that I have taken them as they all have a pattern of similarity within them.

For my project I will be exploring in ‘comfort food’, within this I will be exploring various kinds of food and issues that are related within ‘comfort food’. I want to explore in Commercial food photography and see how the media play a role in this.  Within my dissertation I have talked about the 18th and 20th century and how food is made to look appealing which relates to my food photography and what I have been capturing.

‘This dissertation will be discussing still life photography’, focusing mainly on food photography and where it originated from. Through extensive research in to how big market food companies reply on photography for their advertisement, the techniques used within 17th and 18th century art and current photography within the 21st century. By examining the work of Paul Cezanne, Pieter Claesz and Johannes Vermeer in comparison to the work for Marks and Spencer food photography.

The methods used in the Marks & Spencer’s advertisements and food photography are similar to the techniques used in the 18th century still life food painting. The comparison of photography now compared to the 18th century are similar due to the contemporary style of images that are created today. They focus on how they were painted in the 17 & 18th century. Marks & Spencer’s unique way of showcasing their food by using a vintage style feel which employs techniques such as using dark backgrounds with brightly coloured foods to create a stand out effect which was a known technique used by painters in the 18th Century. Marks & Spencer’s are well known for their luxurious food advertisements, this is captured in their range of food photography. Their TV advertisements are not only appealing but eye catching.

‘Comfort Food’ there is a range of ways of ‘comfort eating now this could either be emotionally or it could be a happy occasion. I want to explore within this and see how people ‘comfort eat and when they do it most. Within this research will be exploring various kinds if meals that the public tend to have most and what it is that people like about ‘comfort eating’. Doing research on what it does to most people has made me aware of what to look out for within my work and how to get the public involved within my project. Looking at arrange of research and working with professionals stylised I have learnt that most restaurants and photographers like to make the food look modernised and standout which is happening within the 20th century’s.

Photographs: 11 finals

I have 11 final portfolio images which I have narrowed down from 28 Images, looking through the range I left the other images were very similar so in order from stop repeating the same images I removed some and kept the most strongest ones.


Size: 12×8 Magazine size

I have seized my images to 12×8 as I wanted to show how they are represented within magazines such as the M&S and how Jamie Oliver has them at a4 size in his cook books. Demonstrating this with my images and how food presented within the 20th century I feel has worked very well I believe the size of the image is great as to when people view it they will have the whole image in there hand and details and making the food look eye catching has worked very well within.

Luster finish presented in book.

Due to not having much time to order a personalized book got my images printed at Proam at a Luster finish so the texture and details look stronger and show in a high standards.

Handing in 12×8 images within a book.

Specialist studio practice 3 Cheeky sew and sew

External opportunity

I and my class colleagues were contact by a client who wanted some products and clothing photograph we both had not photographed clothes before so it was something new to both of us, the client had provided us with some tops and skirts alongside with some belts, and IPad covers. The client had hand made all the following items and was wanting a range of shoots as they would be used on social media and her website page.


We both collaborated together and shoot all the items in one day within the studio, we provided the client with full large size images as well as website sized as well this was an unpaid role but we were going to be credited for it. We and my group took part in photographing this job some went out on set but I and another colleague chose to do the product photography.


Overall I am happy with the final results of the shoot they had come out just as we wanted we will be editing them and given all the images a complete white backdrop. This was a great experience however the client had given then clothing without been ironed which didn’t help for some of the clothing so it has made us aware that for next time we could as or rent one out in order to make sure the clothing is nice and set out without any creases, because the clothing were handmade and we didn’t have permission to iron we could be doing anything with them other than just photographing them.



Specialist Studio practice 3 Shoot 14

Fish and Chips with a lemon juice

Aims for this shoot was to create a comforting food look which would appeal to a large audience, within this shoot I created shoots by placing the fish and chips in a range of way to make it stand out I started by breaking it in half and placing it on each side once completing the shoot and looking back at it I wasn’t very keen on the finished result so then I go the other half of the fish and cut it in three pieces and placed the chips under and the fish on top, I then put both lemons on each side which really worked out great and gave the image an appealing look and made the fish and chips look extravagant and mouth-watering which Is what I wanted to create.

I placed my LED lighting around the food and close enough to it so the lighting spreads around the plate and light it almost up which it worked well and made the food look much more appealing and eye catching.

Overall I am very pleased with my shoot I feel the close up look has worked very well and light up the food it almost a signature to show how I capture my food photography so I other people saw it they would be able to tell that is my shoot just by the composition of the shoot and how its structured.

Specialist Studio Practice 3 Shoot 13

Proposal Shoot 13

Tomato soup with toast

Aim for this shoot was to capture an image if a comfort food I wanted the images to look appealing and eye catching so I placed a matt under the plate which helped give a modern look to the whole image.

Composition plays a big role within the shoot as I placed the toast in a range of angle but the once that I have selected I feel came out the best as the details of the soup and toast are clearly seen and they are very close up which make the food look much more appealing and mouth-watering.

Overall I am happy with the shoot and feel I have successfully achieved the results I was looking for within the images, composition and details is what I was looking for within this shoot as that is what makes the food look lavish and eye catching which I feel has work very well.

Specialist Studio Practice 3 (Media Makeup)

External Opportunity’s

Bradford college media makeup

As been part of Bradford college our class was contacted by the media makeup tutor and asked if our group could photograph their students as the do make up on the models these photograph would then been handed to the tutor as she will be reviewing the work of the media makeup class.

As we all took it in turn and collaborated as a group to help each and every one to make sure the lighting was set and all reflects and props were placed in the correct place.

I managed to get three models who I photographed we all went in turns and made sure we all had the same amount and no one was left out as it was a group task. We had an option of a white backdrop and a black this all depended on the makeup artist and what kind of theme they were looking for as we would go with their request as it Is their shoots and they would be examined on them.

Overall I managed to produce three different shoots which I was very happy with so was the makeup artist as they came in and gave their request of what they would like me to capture, which was full face and both side making sure everything they have done is captured on the SLR.

Specialist Studio Prcatice Mumtaz food photography (shoot 12)

Grilled chicken with chips & side sauces and salad


Aims for this shoot was to capture a range of shoot of the grilled chicken I feel it was a successful, in order to capture this shoot I had to make sure the right lighting was used as it got difficult because some of my images began to bleach out when I changed the aperture in order to get the chicken to standout. alternatively I then got some white card and used my LED lighting to make the chicken stand out as it was grilled it was very important that it stands out and that the audience can see it a grilled chicken because sometime by using the wrong lighting setting you can completely change the look of the food which doesn’t work out well.

Doing these shoots I feel lighting compassions is a very important thing out of everything if these are correct you cannot go wrong but if these settings are wrong  then your images could not come out as wanted.

Overall it was a great task I have completed with a variety of images that I am pleased with. My next aim will be to continue shooting and making sure the following structures and settings are used to get the correct images that are appealing to the audience, working with a range of professional and getting knowledge from them has really befitted me and has gave me great confidence.

Specialist Studio Prcatice Mumtaz food photography (Shoot 11)

Orange and strawberry smoothie

Aims for this shoot what’s to capture drinks this was one of the drinks which I had captured due to not having a white background set I did have much option other than creating a large amount of depth of field and capturing the drinks image on the table as it shows you how the drink would look and also makes it look nature and realistic.

I did a range off shoots so it gives me a better idea of which image is stronger and which would stand out better. Reviewing all of the images I feel they all have come out as expected. As it was a glass it was very difficult to keep light out using white cards did help but having a sun roof window brought extra lighting in which kept the shade on the glass but looking at my images I feel they have that natural look and make the image look appealing and eye catching which is what I was creating.

Overall this was a great shoot I have produced a range of shoots which I am very pleased with and I feel they stand out very well and work well to what I was trying to create. It has given me confidence with how to capture drinks make them look naturel as possible and standout.

Specialist Studio Prcatice Mumtaz food photography (shoot 10)

Aims for this shoot was to get a range of shoots and making sure all the texture and details within the coffee and around it are captured as seen. I did a range of angle to how the coffee would be seen if it was placed in front of a person as it would give them an idea of how it would taste or look like as looking at it.

By capturing a range of shots I did a lot of pin pointing as this is very important to produce the shoot you are wanting making sure all details and items are been captured within the image as se making sure not but of items has been miss placed or put in a place where they can’t be seen. Within food photography structure to details is largely important making sure everything is set out in the right way and is seen.

Coffee most people enjoy a cup of coffee after a hard day at work and a bit of time off with a family or friend, here is a cup of coffee with milk placed next to it.

Overall I am very happy with the final results of the shoot I have managed to add every detail which was asked and captured a range of compositions so the graphic designer will have a better idea of what images they would think would look best on the website page.

Specialist Studio Prcatice Mumtaz food photography (Shoot 9)

How to prepare:

It is prepared by frying potatoes in oil and adding spices and chutney. It can be served as a snack, a side dish or a light meal. It is made from boiled and fried cubed potatoes served with chat masala.

Aims for this shoot was to capture this small meal, lighting was another important thing as it was styled and presented in such a way were I was asked to make sure I have a selection of image of this food from a large amount of compositions used so they have a range if images that could be used for the website.

This is another meals that is made to look modern and eye catching within restaurant as it sells well the restaurant wanted to make it look eye catching and appealing to its audience.Overall I feel I have achieved the needs of this shoot I have a range of images that I was pleased with and happy to send off to the owner to be used for the website as they were very happy and pleased with the finished results of the images. My next task was to continue photographing a range of dishes that are appealing and regularly order on the menu.