Behind the scenes with Thathealthykitchen

Deze keer een kijkje achter de schermen met Emma van @thehealthykitchen

This time a look behind the scenes with Emma by @thehealthykitchen

Welke backdrops gebruik je?

Als ondergrond gebruik ik in eigenlijk al mijn foto’s een grote marmeren plaat van 60 bij 60 cm. Soms vind ik hem net iets te klein, maar om nou meteen een nieuwe te kopen die nog groter is, is ook weer zo’n investering! Als verticale achtergrond gebruik ik op dit moment een zelfbeschilderde triplex plaat van 9mm. Ik heb hem gekocht bij de Gamma, en toen als uitprobeersel beschilderd, maar helaas is hij hier en daar al flink verbogen. Binnenkort ga ik dus een nieuwe maken, en daar hoogstwaarschijnlijk ook een blogpost aan wijden op mijn blog!


What backdrops are you using?

As a base I use in actually all my pictures a large marble plate of 60 at 60 cm. Sometimes I find him just a little too small, but to well right away to buy a new one that is even greater, is another investment! IAs a vertical background I use at the moment a hand painted plywood plate of 9 mm. I bought it at the construction market, and then painted it but unfortunately he is already bent. Soon I’ll create a new one, and write a blog post about it on my blog!


Hoe begin je met stylen?

In 9 van de 10 gevallen begin ik met researchen op Pinterest. Ik ga op zoek naar foto’s van het gerecht dat ik zelf ook heb gemaakt, en ik kijk naar hoe andere mensen het hebben gestyled. Daar maak ik dan een board van, en vanuit daar neem ik van elke foto een paar aspecten mee in mijn uiteindelijke opzet. Sinds ik dit ben gaan doen kost foto’s maken mij zo veel minder tijd! Een goede voorbereiding is echt het halve werk!


How do you start with styling?

In 9 of the 10 cases I start with searching on Pinterest. I’m going to look for photos of the dish that I’ve made, and I look at how other people have styled it. I make a board and from there I take a few aspects of each photo in my ultimate intent. Since I’m going this it saves me so much time! A really good preparation is half the battle!


Waar let je op met styling?

Doordat mijn ondergrond niet zo groot is, en ik door ruimte gebrek niet heel veel afstand kan creëren tussen mijn camera op statief en de ondergrond heb ik soms het probleem dat ik iets heel moois heb gestyled, wat vervolgens niet op de foto past. Tegenwoordig zet ik vaak eerst mijn camera op en aan, en ga ik aan de hand daarvan mijn foto indelen.


What do you get on with styling?

Because my background is not so great, and I by lack of space I cannot create a large distance between my camera on a tripod and the surface, I sometimes have the problem I have something very beautiful styled, which do  not fit in the picture. Nowadays I often first put my camera on and on, and I’m going to organize my picture.

making food photos

Welke props gebruik je vaak?

Ik heb twee grijze bakjes van House Doctor, en die zijn echt mijn favoriet! Ze zijn een beetje rustiek en aan de kleine kant, wat ik erg fijn vind om mee te werken!


What props do you use often?

I have two gray bowls of House Doctor, and those are really my favorite! They are a bit rustic and on the small side, what I really like to work with!


Tips and tricks?

Doe onderzoek naar wat je mooi vind, en ga aan de hand daar van je eigen stijl ontwikkelen. Maar bovenal: doe het gewoon. Zelfs als je je foto’s alleen voor jezelf houd gaat er niks boven oefenen. Alleen dan wordt je echt beter!

Met wat voor een licht werk je (daglicht/kunstlicht)?

Alleen maar daglicht.


Tips and tricks?

Do research on what you like, and go on there by developing your own style. But above all: just do it. Even if you keep your photos just for yourself is nothing. Only then will you really better!

With what  light do you work (daylight/artificial)?

Only natural light.

tips for food photography

Welke camera en lenzen gebruik je en/of statief?

Ik heb mijn camera ooit van mijn vriend overgekocht omdat ik hem eigenlijk helemaal had ingepikt voor mijn blog. Het is een Nikon D5100. Tot twee maanden geleden gebruikte ik de standaard lens die daar bij zat, maar nu gebruik ik alleen nog maar een 35mm 1.8 prime-lens. Ik ben echt verbaasd over het verschil dat het heeft gemaakt in mijn fotografie! Je hoort altijd van mensen dat je gear niet zo veel uit maakt in je food fotografie skills, maar daar ben ik het niet helemaal mee eens. Natuurlijk kan je met een camera van €3000 nog steeds lelijke foto’s maken, en juist hele mooi met een point-and-shoot van €50, maar een upgrade kan je foto’s wel echt naar het volgende niveau brengen denk ik!


What camera and lenses do you use and/or tripod?

I have purchased my camera of my friend because I really had him snapped up for my blog. It is a Nikon D5100. Until two months ago I used the standard lens that go with, but now I use only a 35 mm 1.8 prime lens. I’m really surprised at the difference it has made in my photography! You always hear of people that your gear doesn’t matter that much makes in your food photography skills, but I do not totally agree. Of course you can still €3000 with a camera of ugly pictures, and all beautiful with a point-and-shoot of €50, but an upgrade can really bring your photos to the next level I think!

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tripod manfrotto

In welk programma bewerk je je foto’s?

Op dit moment gebruik ik Photoshop, maar ik zit er over te denken om over te stappen naar Lightroom, omdat foto’s bewerken niet een van mijn favoriete dingen is, en volgensmij kan dat een stuk makkelijker met pre-sets van Lightroom (en die heb je niet voor Photoshop voor zover ik weet). Voor mijn foto’s op Instagram pas ik meestal de helderheid en soms het contrast nog wat extra aan in Instagram zelf, om te zorgen dat de foto’s echt van je scherm af poppen, daar houd ik van.


Which program to edit your photos?

Right now I use Photoshop, but I’m sitting there thinking about it to switch to Lightroom, because editing pictures is not one of my favorite things is, and can be a lot easier with pre-sets of Lightroom (and you don’t have have it for Photoshop I think). For my photos on instagram I adjust the brightness usually and sometimes some extra contrast in instagram itself, to make sure the photos really pop, I love that.

Blog en instagram link

www.thathealthykitchen.com

Instagram: @thathealthykitchen

 

behind the scenes food photography

Behind the scenes with Happiness in a blink

Who am I? What do I do?

Hello everyone! My name is Valentine, also called « Happiness in a blink » on social medias. I’m 22 years old and live in the beautiful Alps of Switzerland. Since April 2017 I started my little blog, I create recipes, photograph and style, write a lot, create backgrounds and look out for props.

Styling choices

When it’s time to think about styling, I usually have already cooked the subject of the picture. Profoundly fond of local and seasonal cooking, I chose or create a recipe that enhances seasonal ingredients. I normally have the final aesthetic idea of the recipe in mind from minute one! First of all I figure out the colour of the main ingredients, what tastes and looks amazing together, then I chose props to go with that goes along my mental idea of the final picture.

sharing food styling tips

(during the styling)

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(after the editing)


Studio prepping

You may laugh (I do laugh at myself every-time), but I shoot almost everything in my sleeping room: there’s the best light ever in there! I put my bed and the curtains aside and shoot. Trust me when I tell you I have no space at all… What could I do to take that little space and make something out of it?
I made a plan (once again, you would have laughed, I’m no architect!), went to a big construction store, bought some wood, two trestles, some painting, and went back home to create!
I needed something small with many purposes. I painted two sets of double sided wood boards with four different colours, one for each side! I did the same with a big wood board for my backdrop, one side painted in white and the other black. Then I could begin to shoot with a lot of possibilities (please yourself with the following picture). Once everything is cooked and ready to style, I place the camera on the tripod and take time to set the studio, choosing one horizontal set and another vertical one.

styling set food photography

food photography

Focus with styling

I loooove asymmetry. I love weird angles (flatlay, two thirds, facing the subject). I always interact between those points of view. What matters the most to me is to valorise the product; adapting the angle, the light and the props for each kind of item. I like to create movement, to invite the eye to wander through the picture. At the same time I also love stillness, finding calm in the picture like in a « nature morte » (as I studied art history, I think it helped my eye being used to those proportions and atmospheres).

Props used

Excuse the « loving » part, but I looooove fabrics. I think the more texture there is the more beautiful it becomes! Don’t be surprise, I love wood, metal, stones like slate or granite. I also love organic props; ingredients I’ve used to cook that I place around the dish like they’re dancing around to celebrate the final meal being ready to shoot. The best picture ever? I would love me some linen, a good old wooden cutting board, old cutlery pieces, ceramic plates, flowers all around (if it’s the right season) and the best dish ever in between! I can’t wait for the flea markets season, I’ll dive in every pile of fabrics or plates I’ll find and take it all back home (where, remember, I already have no spare space left?).

Light

I always go for natural light. Always. There are two reasons: first of all I don’t have an artificial one, and two there’s no such thing as natural light to magnify the textures and ingredients! The trick is to be ready to shoot at the right time of the day. I always check on internet when the best light of the day shows up, especially in those wintery days where luminosity is so rare. In case you were wondering, that precious moment is called « golden hour » and you can calculate it directly on internet.

 

behind the scenes

(during the shooting)

food photography

(after the editing)

Camera, lenses & tripod

I combine my Nikon D5100 with mostly two different lenses: the Nikon AF-S DX 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G one, and the other, an old lens that my  adorable photograph of an uncle lent to me: the 35-70 mm F/2.8 D AF Nikkor macro zoom one. The first one is great for many purposes, but better to shoot from far away. The second one is perfect for really close shooting as it has a macro option to it, and is perfect for almost every use! My tripod has no option for flatlay photography so I have to carry my camera at arm’s length, without moving in order to keep it in focus (it’s a good arm and back training). I’ll try to find a new one soon that allows me to rest a little more while shooting!

Program

I like to use Adobe Lightroom CC to edit my pictures. It allows to clearly visualise all your pictures, dispatched in all the albums you want in one gallery.
That’s really practical and simple to use, once you’re familiar with the editing terms. And for the price… 10 bucks per month is not that bad if you think about all the things it allows you to do! I played a lot with it, it took me several hours to be at ease, now I don’t even have to think while editing anymore!

Blog & Instagram

I first created a blog in april 2017, when I thought about how I liked to create content that makes people happy instantly. In june 2017 I decided to design and create my own website. Once again, I’m no computer scientist! I tried and tried again until I found it represented my personality and what I wanted to give off. After several months of « wordpressing », I could finally take time to create content. That’s what I began doing in december, and what I’ve been doing since then! My website is called www.happinessinablink.ch, and contains recipes that I developpe or that I have been given along the way, articles about what inspires me everyday. On my instagram account,  @Happiness in a blink, there is more of a visual conductive thread, I post what I’ve created, what I’ve tested, not necessarily what’s on the website.

Tips & tricks

I have to say the key for me is organisation. I write lists about everything I have to do, daily, weekly, monthly even yearly lists! That’s the best way I found to keep on going and following the tracks. A dear friend of mine offered me my first bullet journal, and it’s a life saver! If I want to cook one day, I program to go shopping the day before, write everything I need to buy on a list, and the D-Day I prepare everything, cook, set the alarm to be sure not to miss the golden hour, shoot, eat (yes, I always cook to eat. If it can have two purposes, being photographed and eaten, it’s all bonus!), edit, and post. I try as much as possible to program when I publish, even though I cannot write the caption in advance as I’m much more of a last minute adrenaline writer!

planning photography

Where can you find me? And what’s next? 

Find me on instagram, facebook, Pinterest and my website. They are are all called « Happiness in a blink ». What’s next? Hopefully my first workshop this summer or autumn in the mountains in Switzerland… And my first big recipe book by the end of 2019!

behind the scenes food photography Mylucie.com

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– Ofearthandink




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