I am doing my very first Photo shoot on monday. The restaurant/ bar i was in today has given me the go ahead to go into the kitchen and take some shots while lunch is being served. I am looking for any advice on things to do and Not do whilst there. I am using a nikon d300 with a sb 600 flash. thanks in advance
First you will want to take notice of the lighting color in the kitchen. Since you will not be able to turn off the kitchen lights you will have to mix your flash color (daylight) with it. Being a kitchen i would hope they have daylight bulbs. Shoot a white card and shoot raw so you can fix WB later if necessary !!!!!! If not daylight bulbs in kitchen and you have an Expo disc use it ! If you have never heard of it before look on youtube. Sounds like you only have 1 flash and that it needs to be on camera, so i'd just make sure a small diffuser was placed on it and that you are close enough for it to actually work properly. Shoot a few with flash pointed to subjects and shoot a few with light bouncing off of ceiling, shoot a few with bounce off of a white reflector held by anyone you can grab for a minute to hold it in place for you and that way you'll have 3 choices of lighting. Use exposure and flash exposure compensation as you deem necessary for the different shots. With real workers doing real work you would not be able to place remote flashes around the room very easily anyway, so just do the best you can with the situation you have been given. Make sure the exposure exposure looks like all is well when you press the shutter button halfway down (nothing flashing, etc)... Good luck, hope all turns out well.
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Like Mudplucker said, your white balance will be very important! For th dining room bar, bring a tripod and try shooting with ambiant light. If it is a dark area, have them light candles or turn the lighting to whatever it would be on any given night. Let your photos show the ambiance of the place. This will work even better if the place is empty at the time. You can try it for the kichen as well, and don't worry about the staff moving about. You might find that you get a really cool look in the photos showing the movement of a "busy" kitchen.
Do some closeups of individual tables, seating areas etc. Try bouncing your flash if the ceilings allow.
Thanks to everyone for their advice it all makes sence. I hope nerves does not get in the way and i for get to change settings on the camera. Looking forward to the shoot and i will post results so you can give your opinion
What lens am i best using, the kitchen is about 30ft x 10 ft i dont want to get to close as i might get in the way but too far away the images might not be what close enough for stock images your thoughts