We all know those amazing food commercials that instantly make you hungry. Visual engineer and photographer Steve Giralt makes videos exactly like this and he uses high-speed robotic cameras in his work. They allow him to do lots of awesome stuff, and in this video from B&H, he takes you behind the scenes to show you how it’s done.
Steve began his career as a still photographer and he eventually switched to video, gradually adding robots in his work. Apparently, other than creating awesome videos, he’s also having a lot of fun with them. He shoots all kinds of videos, but filming food and beverages is his favorite. In the video above, Steve demonstrates what it looks like to shoot iced coffee.
And here’s the result:
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Lights, Camera. Ice, Coffee, Milk! BTS and Finished footage of our iced coffee shoot. Look out next week for an indepth view and interview of this shoot on @bhphoto Mega thanks to @mattphub and @haliegraham for taking on this adventure with me #visualengineering #thegarage #robot #highpowerled #precision #icedcoffee #coffee #boltcinebot #howitsmade #splashmaster #phantomveo4k #phantomflex4k #beverage #refreshing #bts #btsvideos #studiolife #robotics #universalrobots #coffeetime #motioncontrol #moco #steppermotor #insanity
When filming this kind of videos, Steve shoots at 1000fps. This means that he needs a lot of light. First, shooting at 1000fps requires 1/2000 s shutter speed. He’s also shooting at ISO 100, and he uses f/11 or f/16 to get everything in focus.
All this looks really cool, doesn’t it? If you think it would take you ages to start working with machines like this, Steve shares a few words of encouragement. He advises you to just start small and slowly build up from there. After all, you can always improvise until you save enough money to upgrade your gear.