Lesson 22 – Create a Shotlist

30 Day Food Photos Day22

So far we’ve learned about lighting for food photography, food styling 101 and prop styling.

Starting today you will learn how to prepare for your photo shoot. The next few days are about planning and preparation. Time is critical when photographing food. Planning helps you save time when you are working with food subject.

Before you move forward, did you update your progress? It is important to recap what you have learned in last one week.

Do it here.

Before moving forward… update your progress here.

We will prepare for food photo shoot by creating a list of shots. This list of shots, more commonly known as the shot list, includes all possible combination of camera angle, depth of field, prop arrangement, food styling, framing and everything else about food photography that you would like to capture during the shoot.

This deceptively simple task will change the way you approach food.

You have started taking photos more intentionally in last few weeks. Today's lesson will help you make your photography even more intentional.

When you are planning for a photo shoot, in house or for a client, it is a good idea to prepare for the shoot by taking some time and writing down all possible shots you would like to capture.

Will you like an overhead shot? What about a shot with silverware in it? One without any napkins? Another from a different angle? List all of these down on a piece of paper.

This will help you not only when you are ready to shoot, but also before the shoot you can use the list to make sure you have all the required props.

Now that you have an idea, let’s start today’s assignment.

Today’s Assignment

Estimated time: 15 mins

Step 1 – Today again, select the subject. Ideally use the same food subject, you have been using last couple of days.

Step 2  – Take five minutes and make a list of photos you would like to create for your subject. It is okay to go crazy.

Step 3 – Now start with the first photo idea on your list. What all elements do you need to accomplish this? Do you have props you need, or lighting? Note these things and move to the second photo. Do the same exercise and capture the elements for all remaining photos on your shot list.

Step 4 – Take a photo of your shotlist and upload your that photo in Facebook Album for Lesson 22. (Update: Write on a piece of paper, take a photo of this paper and upload it in the album. Share your shotlist)If you are not a member of the facebook group, you will not be able to view the album. Request access from the FB Group page. (Optional: If you have enough time, take all the photos in your shotlist and upload them. Depending on how long your list is, and if you are doing this right it should be long, take the photos and upload them in Facebook Album for Lesson 22).

  • Am I getting this right, we take a photo only of our list/s or am I completely mad?

    • Sandra

      take a pic of what is on your list.. make the list.. then prepare the food.. and take the pics of the food.. according to your list.. is my understanding..

      • Ok gotcha!

        • No… just take a photo of your shot list. This is simply an exercise to teach the process of planning a photo shoot and the thought process. Step 4 says to only upload a photo of the shot list. I don’t see any instruction to actually do the set up, cook and take any pictures of food.

  • Alina Kun Gazda

    Take a photo of the list only…my opinion

  • Julie Benz

    I agree with Alina, I don’t think 15 minutes can do the exercise including the real set up…

  • Thanks Neel, the update above says it’s just the list!

  • Misky

    It must be the list because no one can do all that, and prepare the food in 15-minutes.

  • I am struggling with this one as I am traveling at the moment. I can understand why Neel wants us to give this some thought and at the same time it is a bit of a problem today and while traveling as I have to use what is around me at the time, plus I can’t cook today. Perhaps I can catch up with this one when I land in the UK later in the week.

  • How do I become a member of the Facebook group to view the album? Please help.

    • If you still need help, click on the FB group page in step 4 of the assignment. That will take you to FB page and there, send a request to join the group.