Beth Galton is a food and still life photographer/director based in New York City who has a fresh series of photos featuring every day food cut neatly in half with delightful results. The series is a labor of love between Beth and food stylist Charlotte Omnès and has recently taken the internet world by storm. Beth was kind enough to share a little bit about her take on the project. Read on and be inspired!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started with photography.
I have been a food and still life photographer for the last 30 years in NYC. For the last 17 years, I have shot TV commercials as well. My main clients are advertising agencies, packaging companies, and magazines. I learned my craft of photography by working for various photographers as an assistant in NYC. It was through this network that I met clients who gave me work when I became a photographer.
How do you take the photos of liquid like the coffee photo?
Normally I shoot one image and am not compositing multiple photographs. This photograph was done by retouching various images together- probably 4 or 5 in total. We shot with strobes to catch the action.
What is your gear of choice?
I use a Phase 1 digital back on a Sinar 4 x 5 with a sliding back. Schneider digital lens. I love my 100mm and 120mm lens.
Any advice for someone looking to get into food photography?
This is a very hard question to answer! You have to love food—how it's made, and thinking about what's the best way to look at it. I recommend to assistants trying to get into the business to work for magazines to start with. I learned a lot this way.
All photos in this post are used with permission and ©Beth Galton, all rights reserved.