Create a seasonal cookery video with LEGRIA

The time when winter begins to wrap its icy hands around the last of autumn’s falling leaves is a great chance to create beautiful photographs. November marks the start of seasonal celebrations and times when family and friends get together. So it’s wise to have your camera close by, ready to shoot nocturnal gatherings around bonfires or late afternoon walks in fading light.

As the seasons change, so does the food on our tables. On colder days, people turn to warming comfort food which is often cooked slowly, giving you the perfect opportunity to shoot a video.

Get inspired by imagining you’re a food blogger creating a new recipe for your readers. With any video, the key to keeping your viewers interested is story telling. And with food the story is clear. You gather and prepare the ingredients, mix, cook - then show the results. This makes it simple to envisage the kinds of shots that you will need to capture to demonstrate your skills and show how to make the dish.

Videoing your ingredients

Once you’ve found a recipe you like (try searching online for winter dishes), collect the ingredients for your food and create a range of close-up views of each one. Using the high optical zoom on your LEGRIA will give a close up, cinematic look that blurs the background.

You could visit a local market and shoot the produce there on a cold autumn day. Once you’re back home, if you have to prepare items such as seasonal vegetables, make sure you capture close-ups of peeling, chopping and wider shots of the activity for each item. It will help the home-cooked feeling if each ingredient is removed from any packaging before you start shooting.

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Catherine Sharman – Heritage Tomatoes
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Mixing and cooking

If there’s a mixing process, or some sections of the recipe that require several items to be combined, these are good shots to capture. Think of changing the position of your camera and don’t simply shoot from one perspective. If your camera supports remote shooting with your mobile phone, you can use this to allow you to place your LEGRIA in positions you wouldn’t normally be able to operate it from.

Your final edit will be more engaging if you move around and capture the action from different angles and different focal lengths. You might consider positioning the camera to look at the chef as they work. If the chef is you, you can turn the screen towards yourself to make sure you’re getting a good shot – but remember to look into the lens, not at the screen! And if your dish needs to be placed in the fridge before cooking, briefly putting the camera on a fridge shelf to capture a “fridge’s-eye” view of the dish makes a great shot. But double-check that it is safe to do this before putting your camera in the fridge - and never try this with your oven.

Cooking creates heat, so show this in your film. Capturing steam rising from your food requires the light to be behind the steam. Using a torch (or turning on the light of your cooker hood) makes a great directional light to shine through the steam – though be careful not to damage your camera with steam or burn your hand. 

Serving up

Whether you’re serving an autumn meal for one or a winter stew for a group of friends, you’ll need to put it on serving plates. So make sure you shoot the food being placed on the plate. Think in advance of the actions that you will be doing to get the food on the plate and shoot each action from the most appropriate angle. Take close-ups of food leaving the cooking pot and wider shots of the cooking pot and the plate together showing the transfer from cooking pot to plate.

If this is a meal for friends you’ll want to capture them enjoying the result of your efforts. For individual dishes, attractive styling with suitable kitchen items and crockery will be ideal. Contrast the colour of warm orange autumnal stews with cooler blue plates and napkins to create a great result. To finish your film, perhaps make the final shot one of an empty plate.