Behind the Scenes: Overhead with iPhone

Are you familiar with those ever so popular overhead food videos?  They seem to be all the craze right now, and we often get asked how to shoot them.  Over the next couple weeks, we will be sharing somehow to shoot food videos easily from your home, using minimal tools and resources.  Our goal is to get you to start shooting food videos on your own without “fancy gear.”

If you followed along on Snap Chat this week, you were able to catch a glimpse into our live production of this video.  Which by the way, we often show the scenes to our photography as well as video shoots if you want to check them out.  If you did not get a chance to follow along, no worries as we recorded the entire process of me shooting an overhead food video.

This is only one way of doing an overhead food video, and it is really basic, nothing fancy here.  The beginning of this video shows the process, things to watch out for and to pay attention too.  The finished video is at the end.  Enjoy!


If you find these videos useful, let us know.

11 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes: Overhead with iPhone

  1. Reply
    Amy - January 17, 2016

    Thank you so much for all the tips. Love seeing Denise! Miss y’all!

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      Lenny - January 20, 2016

      Hey Amy, Thanks for commenting and missing us. 🙂 This first video was a bit of a test. We may have something here. Should be fun.

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    Susannah - January 28, 2016

    This was super helpful! Would be curious to know how you edit these, too. Is there a certain program you use for the time lapse, etc.?

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      Lenny - January 28, 2016

      Hey Susan, Thanks for commenting! I use Adobe Premiere, but I think I’m going to start using iMovie and the PC equivilent to help people get started. There’s an editing tutorial on the guac post

      You should come over some time. We can shoot something together!

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    Jenni - June 2, 2016

    Wow! This short video is packed with all of the basic steps needed…THANK YOU SO MUCH! This is easy!

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      Lenny - June 7, 2016

      Thanks Jenni! I’m glad it was helpful. These are pretty easy to make.

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    Michelle - July 21, 2016

    What tri-pod are you showing?

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      Lenny - July 21, 2016

      Hi Michelle, That’s actually a selfie stick. It’s weighted on the counter with a cookbook. I wanted to demonstrate how easy it can be to shoot an overhead video with little gear. Do you have a selfie stick or tripod?

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        Michelle - July 26, 2016

        What was the actual tri-pod you showed at the very beginning of the video that had an overhead arm?

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          Lenny - August 1, 2016

          Michelle, It’s a Manfrotto with a photo head. That tripod size is no longer available, which is too bad because it’s compact. You can get links to the tripods we use, or the replacements on the sidebar. Let me know if you have trouble with the links to Amazon.

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    Toni - December 4, 2016

    Will you send me the link to the replacement tripod with the sidearm. I have searched for one and can not find a tripod with a sidearm.


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