Food Overhead Photography

How to Shoot Overhead Photography

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This guide on how to shoot overhead photography will show you how to make a safe and stable setup. Both allowing the photographer to shoot perfectly level shots safely, and also keeping expensive camera equipment safe from falling over.
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Keyword: overhead photography
Active Time: 25 minutes
Ordering Equipment: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 1 Overhead Tripod

Materials

Instructions

  • Order/Gather Equipment listed
    Food Overhead Photography
  • When equipment is fully gathered, stand the tripod up.
    Manfrotto Triman for food photography
  • Secure the side arm to the Tripod, with the arm directly centered between two legs, to ensure the arm will go far over the photography table when those two legs are moved right next to the table.
    manfrotto side arm for food photography
  • Add both Ankle Sandbags(all 10 lbs) to the Tripod Leg on the opposite side of the Tripod arm, to counter balance the tripod.
    Office of The Forked Spoon
  • Secure the Geared Head to the Side Arm, tightening the three screws below the side arm head. The Manfrotto logo should be pointing up.
    Manfrotto geared head for food photography
  • Secure the RC4 base-plate to your camera. Make sure the base plate is as close to parallel with the camera as possible
    rc4 plate for overhead photography
  • Double check the 10 lbs of Ankle Sandbags Weights are counter balancing the Side Arm/Geared Head.
    ankle weight for overhead photography
  • Connect the Camera to the Geared Head using the plate.
    Canon 5d Mark IV
  • Move the large adjustment knobs of the geared head until the Camera looks to be pointed perfectly downward at the photography table or subject.
    Manfrotto geared head for food photography
  • Place Bubble Level on the LCD screen on the camera, and adjust the fine tune knobs until the bubble is in the middle. Once the bubble is perfectly int he middle, you are ready to shoot overhead safely.
    bubble level for overhead photography