Don't know why we can't stay away from the grill... it's like a sickness. Awwwww, but it's soooooooo good! Anyway, we fired up the grill and cooked some Kabobs, or is it Kebabs?
This shot, we had fun with! It was shot in studio and controlled 100%. But we wanted to give it that natural feel and spontaneity food has when it is on a real grill. The very first thing we needed was the grilling surface for the food. We went down to the local hardware store and just grabbed one off the shelf and used a few super clamps on light stands to hold it in place.
We also knew we wanted fire. In photography there are a lot of different ways to get fire on your photo. But we wanted real fire, and some fake. Under the grill top, we had a large photograph of flames. that gave us the look we needed through the grill grates without needing a large in studio fire. But we needed fire to extend above the grill grates as well. To do this, we had a propane tank hooked up to a custom rigged hose. This allowed us to dial up the flames as much as we wanted, and to also place them exactly where we wanted them.
When it came to the actual food, our stylist knocked it out of the park when they brought in the hero Kabob. Everything was grilled and styled to perfection. But what really made this shot, was the hero piece of meat. Everything around it complimented it, it looked like it belonged, yet it stood out demanding your attention.
To light this Kebab, we had a large soft light source from the back right of the photo. This provided a wonderful incidence along all the front facing food. But it also created some deeb shadows in all the crevasse of the curves as well. So almost to the direct right, we had a point light source turned down low. It filled in the shadows just enough, but also gave us some spectral highlights on some of the shinier surfaces as well.
To help combat the deep shadows our point light source couldn't; we also had a large soft light source from above as well. We were able to dial this up and down, depending on what we needed.
We also had a point light source from the back left to give the food a nice rim light. It also helped show the smoke from our flames as well.
Lastly, we had a small light under the grill top to light that large print we mentioned earlier. We aimed it upwards towards the food, and put a very warm CTO gel on it. This warmed up the print image, and also gave the food a yellow flame like light from underneath and give it that realistic look.
To Get Kabobs similar to the ones our stylist created, you can follow this similar recipe
Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 15 min
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 pounds sirloin steak, cut in 1-inch cubes
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces
- 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1-inch pieces
- 1 red onion, cut in 1-inch pieces
- 8 (12-inch) metal skewers
- In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, garlic and pepper. Add the cubed sirloin steak to marinade and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
- Once the meat has marinated, thread it onto the skewers alternating with pieces of bell pepper and red onion.
- Grill kebabs over medium heat, turning often, until all sides of the meat is well brown and vegetables are tender. (About 12 to 15 minutes)
They are out of this world delicious. The marinade is super easy and what makes these kebabs so amazing. Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest, and these kebabs are just that.