Inside the Mind of a Food Photographer Lighting a Sandwich

Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Sandwiches and food in general can be tough to photograph and do sufficient justice to their delectable tastes. Unfortunately there is no end-all-be-all solution that works out very well. But photographer Michael Ray spends 11 minutes talking about how he painstakingly went in and added one light at a time–the way that many photographers were trained to light. Then he also talks about how he did a couple of things in-camera to spend less time in the post-production phase.

Believe it or not, there are a number of lights involved including two main lights as well as fresnels to add a bit more punch to the front of the sandwich.

Mike admits that it isn’t the most exciting image of a sandwich, but it surely is a very standard one and the lighting for something like this isn’t necessarily simple.

The video on lighting a sandwich is after the jump. But for more food lighting tutorials you should check out our interview with a bunch of photographers on composing better food photos, Daniel Krieger, Howard Shooter, Lou Manna, and Shea Evans. But if you’re looking for more inspiration there are a bunch of projects that you can do this weekend with food.