Sometimes things just work perfectly, the planets align and good fortune smiles upon you. When shooting food, you are at the mercy of the chef – bad chef = crap photos, no matter what kind of tricky lighting and Photoshop skills you have. A great chef gives you the plate shown here. Chef Michael Brough from the Four Seasons in Costa Rica created this study in simplicity and perfection, riffing on the classic surf and turf and bringing to the party the finest piece of beef that can be prepared.
Photographing shiny objects is hard, and working with small sets amplifies the difficulty. When working with reflective items like this watch, what you see is not so much the object, but more what is reflected in the surfaces. This means that all of the lighting on the set must be flawless, and the surrounding area must [...]