First Trials at Videography: A Food Photographer’s Diary #5

Food Photographers Diary This fifth post in the series is about creating videos. Evi Abeler shares her first videos created while photographing for a restaurant.

Creating Food Videos

During the last two weeks I have been photographing for the Harlem Restaurant and Retail Month. Eight restaurants and two retailers down, five more to go! You can read about my shoot at Lido here. Shooting video has been in my mind for quite a while now, and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to experiment with some freestyle video. My client was excited by the possibility to get photos and videos for the website and social networks so we went ahead and gave it a shot.

Technical Details

While I was photographing I switched my camera (Canon 5D Mark II) back and forth from photo into video mode and shot about 10 short (2-10 sec) video clips per location, mostly with a Canon 24-70, 2.8 lens. These pieces are all handheld, intuitive, unscripted and in the moment. At home I edited them in iMovie and jazz by Miles Davis and John Coltrane ties it all together. I think they came out well considering they are my first trials. If you are interested in the photos, you can see some images from the shot on my websitefacebook page or click on the links below the videos.

Video #1

See more photos and the article for: Cafe Society, Lido and Bier International.

Video #2

See more photos and the article for: Levain Bakery, Chez Lucienne and Harlem Flo.

Have you seen any interesting or inspiring videos on food lately? Maybe online, on TV or the i-pad version of a magazine? The New York Times has some clips like this one on hand-pulled Chinese noodles that I really like.

Please share, would love to see what’s out there.

So long,
Evi

PS.: …and yes, next week absolutely, definitely, finally the promised behind the scene shots form the shoot with the stylist!

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Read Evi’s journey – Here are previous posts: starting food photography, portfolio review event, first restaurant photo shoot and food photography studio

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