Recently, we sat down with food photographer & clickbooq user Ryan Notch to get a bit more acquainted.
1. What are your three must-have accessories / tools on a shoot?
A Sekonic L558R light meter, an X-Rite ColorChecker card, and half a dozen packs of Fuji FP-100C45 instant film sheets. I find that a few minutes of preparation before the shoot saves a few hours on the computer afterward.
2. What is your favorite website / blog?
There has been such an explosion of great sites and blogs for photographers in the last few years that asking me to pick just one is a bit like Sophie’s Choice, however for inspiration and work from new artists I regularly visit sites like photo.net, jpgmag.com, and lightleaks.org. In the blog world I am an avid follower of strobist.com, stuckincustoms.com, and aphotoeditor.com.
3. Once piece of advice you’d give to all food photographers?
Align yourself and work often with a talented food stylist. Their genius will make your work look amazing!
4. You’re stranded on an island: whats the one camera you have with you?
I am assuming that I would have quite a bit of free time on said island so I would choose my Sinar F2 4×5 large-format camera. Its slow and methodical process is perfect for the isolation and self-exploration involved in the lengthy period of time that I would be waiting for a passing ship.
5. Who or what serves as your greatest source of inspiration for photography?
While it may sound relatively trite, I am continually blown away by the work of Ansel Adams, his contribution to the art form and his methodical development of the zone system. The master said it best: “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” — Ansel Adams
Ryan Notch is a San Francisco-based, award-winning photographer who specializes in food and still life imagery. His work has been featured in magazines, books and galleries both nationally and internationally. In his free time he can be found roaming the desert with his view camera or spending time with his wife and son in the beautiful City by the Bay.