My on location set up for food photography

During the past 2 years, I have taken photos for over hundred restaurants. A majority of these shoots were for DoorDash. A typical DoorDash session is between 1.5 to 2 hours and we need to shoot between 10 to 20 dishes. Because of the limited time, I usually shoot with natural light and minimum styling. With most of the restaurants having outdoor dining now, this is not too difficult to setup a place to shoot.

And I have various table top patterns as background to make the photos more interesting. You can get them here and here. They are pretty cheap and they make a big difference.

I have also shot on a bench near a window.

Or even a table next to a food truck.



and if none of the above options is available, I would use my shooting tent setup.

the shooting tent is very portable and produces very good light for the shoot. It is pretty cheap too and you can get one here.

And if the customers prefer to shoot in a more control environment and if they are willing to pay for it. I can setup a studio with studio lighting in their kitchen. Here is the setup I had when shooting for the 49ers at the Levi Stadium kitchen.

In the next post, I will discuss how you can budget and plan your shoot. Stay tune.

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