The Vulcan
The set
Kitchen
The shoot
The Vulcan

The Studios

Our main studio is a converted pub. The Vulcan, which was built at the turn of the last century, gained notoriety in the Sixties as a live music venue. It was later turned into an Italian restaurant but closed in the late Nineties. 11 years ago, with the help of a local architect we turned it into the perfect open plan studio space with over 4,000 square feet available. The dining area is now the main shooting space, the skittle alley is now an underground car park and houses the massive walk-in freezer. The pub cellars provide prop stores, as well as home for our 3000 plus plates etc. The "snug" now houses post-production and the large format proofing printers and the bar is now a really nice kitchen. Oh, and we also have a wine cellar!

We also share a London studio space in trendy Shoreditch just a 15 minute walk from Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields market.

The set

The Kitchen

We have recently had a new commercial kitchen designed and fitted to our custom specification. The fixed features are; 10 grid Rational Self Cooking Centre, induction hobs, plancher griddle, chip fryer, salamander and chargrill - all of which are three phase commercial electric machines. As well as the fixed kit, we have all the other kitchen toys that you would find in a busy restaurant such as; vacuum packers, sous vide baths, Blentecs, Magmixes, Kitchen Aids, hot dog rollers and Panini grills. We also have 2 dishwashers in the pot wash area, just to make André's life a little easier.

Kitchen

Equipment

Ok, for the camera geeks we shoot all stills photography using the latest Leaf Credo 80 million pixel digital backs. One is mounted on the new Sinar P3df large format camera, the other is attached to the latest Mamiya AFD2 medium format system. For video, we have the Canon EOS-1DC, which captures stunning 4K footage.

To light stills, we use the latest Broncolor Scoro studio flash equipment to ensure consistent colour reproduction in every shot and for lighting video we have traditional Arri T1 tungsten heads. We have two new Mac Pros (trash can models), one for capture which is tethered to the camera backs while the other in post-production calls off the captured images immediately via the network so that Francesca can start work on the files straight away. We supply final images via our own secure FTP file server, which is the only way to successfully deliver our massive 230mb images.

We are confident that this is the best-equipped food photography studio in the UK, in fact, as a restaurant it's pretty well equipped too.

The shoot