Today I’m going to show you how to create a diptych in Photoshop Creative Cloud! Please check out the YouTube video below for a full tutorial and make sure that you download the Diptych file to use as you follow along with the video tutorial.
The set up above is a behind the scenes look at my food photography home set up. For a long time I had to make one table work in the dining room. This became frustrating yet was still doable.
Recently I upgraded my small computer desk to a massive corner desk that is from Ikea. It is three pieces that spans half of the room! It’s truly the best piece of furniture that I’ve ever purchased and it only cost me about 130.00.
Generally I have my tripod set up with my tethering cable, two back drops, a white or black foam core board and another large reflector.
Lightroom is launched with tether capture running and I use a remote to take the photo.
On the other table, I have miscellaneous props (plates, cups, etc.), a tray with the prepared food and garnishes, small tools (tweezers, cotton swabs, paper towels) and a water bottle filled with water.
This workspace gives me the space that I need to:
1. Take photos
2. Work on the computer/edit photos
3. Store misc items for easy access while shooting.
To the right of my table I have a bookshelf that contains most of my props. Underneath my tables I keep backdrops and small cabinets filled with anything that I could possibly need during a photoshoot.
Having props, tools, backdrops, prepared food and garnishes close by elimnates any running around and the forgetting of items. This is especially helpful while shooting something more perishable!
I use both of the tables on the right and left of my computer to set up the scene. Which one depends on what kind of lighting I’m looking for.
If I need to light the scene from the back, I will use the table on the right and pull down the blinds which I bought specifically to diffuse light.
If I need side lighting, I’ll use the table on the left. Sometimes I will pull it away from the wall if I need to shoot from the other side. I also pull it away from the wall when I’m shooting video and need to be able to wall around the entire table.
If I’m shooting from above, I just set my backdrop on the floor and forgo all of the tables. My tripod allows me to easily shoot this way with it’s extender arm.
The Purple Wall:
One last thing worth mentioning: Yes, that purple wall interferes with my final images. There is a purple cast on almost every photograph I take in this space. I now have a preset to remove it but I plan on painting the wall when it gets a bit warmer out! I suggest thinking carefully about any colorful walls in your room. The other three walls are all white, I curse myself for choosing that color before I decided to use that space for photos!
Lightroom is not only a powerful photo editing tool, it also has the power to keep you organized! If you are like me, that’s an impressive feat as my desktop is completely cluttered with documents, folders and lots of photos. Collections make it easy to find the photos I need in a pinch.
The video above quickly shows how to create a collection and how to use them as an organizational tool.
The video above shows how to quickly create a Lightroom catalog. When you first start up Lightroom after purchasing it, it will prompt you to create a catalog because you can’t really use the software without doing this step. Below are a few frequently asked questions about Lightroom Catalogs.
What is a Lightroom Catalog?
A Lightroom catalog is where information about your photos and about how they were edited is stored. Your actual photos are not stored in the catalog; it is solely reserved for metadata. The actual photos remain on your hard drive, untouched. You get to specify where you would like your catalog stored. If you don’t tell Lightroom where to put the catalog, the default is your Pictures folder.
Lightroom is a very non-destructive editing program since none of the changes you make are recorded on the actual photos and are just stored in your catalog. If you navigate to the photo on your hard drive, you won’t see the edits done in Lightroom until you export them. This is helpful if you ever need to go back to a photograph and do something different. You won’t have to undo your previous work and can start anew.
There are a few things that I consider to be essential during a photoshoot. Some items are obvious, such as the camera itself or a memory card but other items may be forgotten until you really need them. In which case you will probably kick yourself for leaving it on the kitchen table. While having the best photography equipment does not make the photographer, there are certain items that can make your life easier. Below you will find a long list of items that help me when I take, cull and edit photos.
The type of bag largely depends on what kind of work you do or how much you travel. There are tons of bags out there to choose from and figuring out which one is best for you can be a challenge. Think about how much you want to carry around with you while thinking about your shoulders, neck and back!
Tenba Large Messenger – There is enough room for 3 lenses, your camera body and a flash unit. I also keep other miscellaneous items such as: Memory cards, grey cards, clamps, pens, my iPad, photo releases, hard drives, cables, extra batteries and a note pad! If you’re looking for a more stylish option you could try Kelly Moore Bags or Epiphanie Bags. If you want to be easy on your body, try a bag with wheels!
There are a few compositional “rules” to food photography and photography in general. Below are those that I’ve found increasingly helpful while composing shots with a brief explanation and some examples! These are only seven ways to create a compelling food photography. I hope that this post helps you to Improve Your Food Photography with These 7 Composition Tips! Tell me your favorite rule or something not listed in the comments!
With that said, once you know the rules, feel free to break them in every single way! They say that rules were meant to be broken…
Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is probably my most favorite composition element and the one I use most in my photography. You have to mentally divide your image (in your viewfinder) into 9 equal parts, with two lines running horizontal and vertical. You then should place your subject along these lines or at the points where they intersect. Like I have done in both images above. Of course, you don’t have to completely place something where each line intersects/creates a point on the grid, using just one or two points and off centering your image is just as eye catching!
How to show rule of thirds grid in photoshop: (PC) Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grids & Slices. (MAC) Photoshop >Preferences > Guides, Grid, & Slices.
Next change: Gridline every: 100 % and Subdivisions: 3. Open your image and if you don’t see the lines go to View > Show > Grid.
How to show rule of thirds grid on a camera: Go to menu and navigate to Live View Shooting using your cameras controls. Scroll to Grid and choose 3×3. Now hit the live view button. On my camera it is the Start/Stop button near the viewfinder. (I use canon, it may be different on your camera.)
In the beginning of October, I ventured to upstate New York, slightly outside of the Hudson Valley into the Catskill region to the tiny village of Margaretville for an Autumn Food Styling and Photography Workshop hosted by Eva of Adventures in Cooking and Carey of Reclaiming Provincial. Here are some of the final images I took during this trip.