Sam Henderson of Today's Nest, and a professional photographer, has been compiling a photography tool chest that would make anyone jealous. Sam's tips:
- "For this image of Lyonnaise Salad, before I could get just the right shot, much of the yolk had run out of the egg and under the greens. I simply had another poached egg nearby from which I extracted the yolk with a childrens' medicine syringe. Then I added it to the hero egg just before my final shot."
- "My toolkit includes a childrens' medicine syringe for adding sauce, long tweezers for moving things about where fingers won't fit, chopsticks for 'tszujing' subjects in tight places, a shaving brush for gently dusting away unwanted crumbs, dry paper towels for folding and placing under dishes for lift, wet paper towels for placing under food (like pasta) for lift, and a dulling spray to take the shine off of glossy plates or to add subtle frost to drink glasses."
- New photographers should set up the shot with "stand-ins" before the hero is ready to make sure all the lighting and props are in place.
- Never, ever, eat the food until you are certain that you have that hero image.