Photographer Spotlight: Edwin Cho, Day 3

Hello again! As promised, I will share some of my food photography. I shoot most of my photos at the restaurant that I’m eating in for my food blog. This often presents a problem: bad light or a lack of light. I have to find ways to modify the light, like using a napkin as a reflector, while not disturbing other patrons or the staff. Occasionally, I’ll set up a shot with lights, but that’s a rare occasion and is usually reserved for certain home made foods.

Edwin Cho / Staff Photographer

Here is a diptych showcasing a G Burger and Tropical Fries from G-Burger in La Habra, California. Their burgers are so ridiculous that not only do they have two skewers to hold them together, but a whole steak knife jammed into the burger. You can read more about the food on my blog (link at the end of this post), but as far as the photos go, the lighting conditions were terrible. These were taken with almost no available light in the restaurant. I had to shoot these photos at f/2.5, 1/80, and ISO 3200. I am lucky that my camera performs so well in low light conditions like this. These photos were taken with a Nikon D7000 and a 35mm f/1.8.

Edwin Cho / Staff Photographer

This is a photo of Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna from the hip Hollywood ramen house, Robata Jinya. I loved the look of all the photos I took here thanks to the nice light outside and the simple white plates the food was served on. For my food photography, I really appreciate it when restaurants present their food in a nice, clean way…and I love the look of (most) food on plain white plates like in this photo. This photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a 28mm f/1.8.

Edwin Cho / Staff Photographer

The final image is a photo of some home made Candied Bacon Ice Cream. It may sound bizarre to some of you, but it is a perfect mix of sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy. The flavor and textural contrasts are truly amazing. Anyway, enough about the food. This is one of those rare occasions where I set up lights to get the shot. I had a single LumoPro LP160 in a softbox camera left angled down toward the ice cream and a white reflector camera right acting as a fill. It’s nice to use strobes as opposed to hot constant lights because strobes do not produce heat that would melt the ice cream. This was taken with a Canon 7D and a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

You can read a lot more about the food I eat and see much more of my food photography at my personal blog, www.edwincho.com. Check back again tomorrow for a post on some of my music photography.