Ep 166: How to photograph food with special guest Marina Oliphant

Great food photography is a combination of art and science and Melbourne photographer Marina Oliphant is one of the best in the biz. Marina’s amazing food images look like they are lit by the Beautiful Light Gods but she uses sophisticated lighting set ups and definitely knows her stuff.

In this interview, you’ll discover: simple hacks to make portraits in dull locations look like studio shots, the best ways to light food, how to create soft daylight look using flash, adding a human element to lifestyle and, our fave, how to make brown food look good.

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Marina Oliphant

BIO:
“Marina Oliphant is an Australian commercial and editorial photographer. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial and Illustrative Photography at RMIT University in 1999. In 2000 she joined the staff at Melbourne’s The Age Newspaper as a Features and Magazines photographer, where she became known for her beautiful food, fashion and portraiture covers.

Marina left The Age in 2009 to pursue a freelance career, but remained a regular contributor to Fairfax titles such as Sunday Life, Good Weekend and Epicure Good Food.

Marina’s other clients include Coles Supermarkets, Coles Magazine, Pacific Magazines, SBS Food, Hardie Grant Books, Fairfax Books, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Reader’s Digest, SPC Ardmona, IXL, Dexus Property Group, Southgate Shopping Precinct, Health Super, Ferguson Plarre, Southcape Cheese, Phillippa’s Breads, The Hotel Windsor, Vintage Cellars, The Essential Ingredient and Black Swan Foods. She has worked for advertising agencies including DDB, RBD, SAE Creative, Fresh Brand Communication, Communicado, Savi Communications and Fluid.

Marina has photographed recipe columns and features for many chefs and food writers including Curtis Stone, Karen Martini, Stephanie Alexander, Andrew McConnell, Cath Claringbold, Brigitte Hafner, Guillaume Brahimi, Geoff Lindsay, Matt Preston, Christine Manfield, Terry Durack, Jill Dupleix, Tobie Puttock, Frank Camorra and Matthew Evans.

Marina lives by the ocean in Jan Juc, Victoria with her partner, Peter, and her two sons, Quincy and Roy. She happily commutes to Melbourne and wherever work takes her.”

WEBSITE: marinaoliphant.com

Instagram: @marinaoliphant

There is more to food photography than taking an iPhone pic of your smashed avocado and posting it to Instagram. #blessed
Great food photography is a combination of art and science and Melbourne photographer Marina Oliphant is one of the best in the biz.

Marina’s amazing food images look like they are lit by the beautiful light Gods but she uses sophisticated lighting set ups and definitely knows her stuff.

You’ll learn heaps from this interview including:

  • simple hacks to make portraits in dull locations look like studio shots
  • the best ways to light food
  • how to create soft daylight look using flash
  • adding a human element to lifestyle
  • and, our fave, how to make brown food look good.
Image by Marina Oliphant
Image by Marina Oliphant
Image by Marina Oliphant
Image by Marina Oliphant

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