Apart from the enjoyable foodie side of this job, I was truly delighted to work on this project as it was a real pleasure to emphasize all the shapes, color and textures of the design.
FROM A TECHNICAL STANDPOINT, to get you through my workflow, this shooting has been done using my Sony A7R with a Canon 24/70mm f2.8 L II and, to obtain the final result here are a few steps to explain how I work and how I get the results you can see.
First thing first, the lighting. As for every type of room/place, it's important to anticipate during the shooting every type of light temperature to prevent mixed colored lights (natural light, light fixtures, bounced lights on colored surfaces etc.) and the right exposure for each one. This particular place gets natural light only through the store front, additional lighting compensate in the back to keep all the coffee well lit.
Each image of the shooting is a combination of 3 or 4 pictures (one for natural light, one for the light fixture on the ceiling, one for the light fixture on the wall etc.).
They are then combined manually in Photoshop in order to only keep the wanted part from each image.
After combining the shots, every part of the image is then processed to get the right color and the right lighting. I process every part of the picture individually (table, counter, walls, chairs etc.) with different layers adjustments for each one.
At the very end of the processing, I put the final touch to the images with classical adjustments like curves, perspective, saturation/hues etc.
The retouching is an essential and a time consuming part of the photographer's job to obtain a nice, well balanced result as I spend around 1h/1h30 retouching time on each image (I am not a professional retoucher so I guess this time could be improved!).
In a next post, I will explain my retouching workflow more in depth with detailed images of every step to share with you the techniques I use.