About Food Photographer: Bene Tan!Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Bene at his beautiful studio (Cause and Effect Studio). Bene has a wealth of experience in creating exquisitely beautiful food images in various creative concepts.
His clients include: Alcova, Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken, Bentoexpress, Chinta Manis, Country Foods, Delifrance, Delizioso, Food Junction, Four Seasons Durian, Joyus Pastries Kokoro, Koufu amongst others.
Start drooling, people!
Yummy! I want a piece too! But is it going to topple over?
Translucent, formless, different shades of color and melting quickly too!
Alright then, let's hear from Bene in his own words!
Please share with our readers the type of photography you specialise in and why you chose it?I started in Food Photography purely by chance. When I was an Art Director and one of my clients unexpectedly asked me to take on a food photography assignment. Initially I was quite reluctant as I did not have any prior experience. Photography was, at that time, to me a hobby. However, my client insisted and eventually I decided to give it a go. I have no regrets doing so as I surprised myself when I realised that I was able to create beautiful food images. My second food photography assignment came soon after when another company saw my work and approached me and things just started rolling on from there.
Secret to success? Perhaps it was because I love my food? :)
But the weird thing is that after a shoot, I don't usually eat much because I'm so tired. Moreover, sometimes the food has chemicals added to it for aesthetic reasons and can't be eaten. Today, I find that I have fallen in love with food photography and if I had to start all over again, I would still specialise in this.
Besides food photography, I also enjoy other genres of photography.
The Photographer's Forum magazine considered Bene's portraiture good enough to place it in the Finalist group of Best of photography 2011.
What equipment and software do you use?Camera Body:
* Canon 1D Mark IV
* Canon 5D
* Medium Format where required for specific projects.
* EF-24-70mm F2.8L USM
* EF-85mm F1.2L II USM
* EF-100mm F2.8L Macro IS
* EF-17-40mm F4.0L USM.
* Capture One Pro 6
* Photoshop CS5
Any tips for food photography enthusiasts?a. Macro lens are necessary if you wish to pick up the fine details, the texture. Although sometimes it makes no difference whether you use macro and non-macro lens, yet it is still better to have a macro lens in your arsenal because sometimes you need to go very close to food and get the finest and tiniest details.
b. Be pro-active, for example, in a restaurant, don't just sit there and shoot. Stand up, walk around the subject, observe the lighting and composition before shooting. Be very sensitive to the lighting conditions as these play a very important part in creating stunning food images.
Are you planning to hold any workshops or Classes?Yes, Basic Food Photography Workshop on Oct 8, 2011. Find out more!
The workshop will be held in Bene's new studio!
Cause and Effect Studio. Doesn't the studio look cool?
By the way, here's a little tidbit, Bene strongly believes in the concept that whenever there's an action, there's a reaction. This is why he always strives to always understand his client's requirements (cause) and execute it with his own style (effect) that still meet his client's requirements.
Where can people find out more about your works?* http://www.facebook.com/causeandeffectstudio
If food photography fascinates you, do remember to check out Bene's Basic Food Photography Workshop! or email Support@MIndChicClub.com for assistance!
by Richard Chai
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