Food Porn: Leigh Beisch on Taking Mouth-Watering Photographs

In her feature article for Crave Magazine Leigh Beisch discusses how she got her start, what it takes to capture the perfect food shot, and her recent work with Chronicle Books and Dian Morgan.

My love of food and photography has brought me wonderful awards and clients. I studied photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Rhode Island School of Design, where I earned a BFA in photography, and now work in San Francisco. My photography references my painting with its use of colour, texture and the boundaries of the frame.

Camera model:  Mamiya 645DF+
Camera back: IQ180 Phase One Back
Lens: Mamiya 120mm lens
Shutter speed: 6 seconds
Aperture: f16
ISO: 50

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For this project, I was hired by Chronicle Books and the author Diane Morgan to photograph still-lifes and recipes for a comprehensive book on salmon. My styling team and I developed a look with a cooler colour palette, stronger, slightly more directional lighting and looser food styling for a more rustic fisherman feel. It is the fantasy of fishing with weathered surfaces and blue tones that let the beauty of the gorgeous scales and flesh really pop. I use daylight, sometimes diffused, sometimes not. Black cards are used to direct light in some shots and white cards fill in some of the harsher shadows. For this project, I used a Mamiya 645DF+ with a 120mm lens and IQ180 Phase One Back. I find this camera and back are able to capture the most colour and details, and do justice to my subject.

Thank you Jimi Stine for help with the post.

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