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I Spent a day shooting menus items for Top of the World on the 106th floor of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. Top of the World Steakhouse in Las Vegas. Top of the World sits a cool 870+' above the Las Vegas Strip and is a full 360 degree view dining room that rotates one complete rotation approximately every 30 minutes. While photographing Food is definitely not my element I did manage to have a good time with it and the client is happy with the output.

This was a solo gig, there was no money in the budget to hire a stylist so it was just me and the Chef. Overall I am happy with the shots though I know there were some things I could improve on.

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here is a peek at the setup, I ultimately wound up bringing the fill light down lower to just about 18" off the table
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Post by TomCofer »

Thanks for adding the set-up shot Bobby.
All of them look great to me, all the more so since I'm eating a frozen dinner tonight.
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Post by Onslow »

Well, they certainly look delicious. They look really good to me with the lighting setup of hard and soft light. Only done this genre once and Brooks and Steven G Webb assited me with critique. A similar lighting setup to yours was suggested. It took me a day and a half for my setup all up for 15 dishes. How long did your session take?

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Post by Duck »

While working without a stylist is one less pair of hands to help it does make for a more realistic view of what a customer should expect to receive. Specially if the actual chef is doing his own presentation work.

I once shot 10 plates in two hours for a fast food seafood joint owned by a really cheap owner who didn't want to spend the money. In that situation I was a hired gun and I just turned over all the images to his graphic designer. Not the most ideal situation but he got what he paid for and I got paid. Some times you have to work with what you are given.

Bobby, I think this is the first time I've ever seen a beauty dish used in a food shot. :D
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Nice shots Bobby!
Got a few of my own ;-)
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Hello Jeff, good to see you here and welcome to photoMentoris

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Post by Steven G Webb »

Those all look good Bobby. Nice having a food section and even better seeing contributions. On an off note: Wow, someone has older Pocket Wizards than me.
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Steven G Webb wrote:Those all look good Bobby. Nice having a food section and even better seeing contributions. On an off note: Wow, someone has older Pocket Wizards than me.



Hey Steve, welcome aboard, it is really a great pleasure to see you here. Yes my pocket wizards are old but that only speaks to the quality of the product. If it ain't broke I try not to fix it and those old PW's still serve me well and they have easily been responsible for 3-5 million pops of lights over the years as they have been in use day in and day out by a uncountable number of photographers in my studio, my workshops and my own work for about 11 or 12 years now.

I am looking forward to seeing more posts from you

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Post by Steven G Webb »

[Hijack] I've got a Pocket Wizard Plus transmitter that got ripped off the hot shoe in a motocross incident. White the hot shoe connection doesn't work I have it wired to the PC socket of the camera and it just keeps churning. If I ain't in pieces (broke) keep using it. I hope this year I'm able to contribute to the food section. We're still in the process of relocation. I got both a Vitamix machine and a Kitchenaid stand mixer over the holidays. So, If I can root out enough room to both cook and photograph I ought to be contributing. [/Hijack]
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