Recently I was thrilled to be asked to assist the Photography Group of Bunbury with a food photography workshop. Photography Group of Bunbury
|Natural back lighting coming through west facing window|
Different types of lighting will evoke different emotions.
Equipment - Don’t forget to adjust your white balance on your camera and learn to use manual camera settings. I think my photos improved dramatically when I learnt about manual settings.
Food and travel go together -- but sometimes a longer lens is preferable - you wouldn't want to get too close to this clay pot cooking in Singapore - those pots are hot!! You can see some more pics and learn more about clay pot cooking by clicking here - Travel food pics & clay pot cooking
|Natural light diffused by cloud|
Take photos for different angles and viewpoints. The overhead shot can be effective. Make sure your salad is fresh made.
Props - Tell the whole story by using props - if you are photographing a plate of food, you might want to include napkins, servers, cutlery, another plate of food in the background, cups or glasses (include the drink).
However don’t clutter the image or have your props overpower the food – remember simple styling is usually better.
You could try putting yourself in the image - of course you will need a tripod and use the timer function on your camera.
Although sometimes something a bit different makes for a great picture.
A bowl of cherries will look completely different photographed in an elegant dish than when photographed in a basket or wooden bowl.
Notice the nice side lighting highlighting the cherries and the glass dish.
Simple white china is classic and can be used for a variety of dishes.
Collect a variety of plates, bowls, napkins etc, hunt through your grandmother's china cabinet and cutlery drawer!
Start simple by photographing fruit or vegetables etc – ie something that is not going to wilt in 10 minutes.
This cake tastes as delicious as it looks - cooked by Denise from the Photography Group of Bunbury for the workshop - and photographed, tasted and enjoyed by everyone!
Why isn't the red wine "in" the glass?
|Cupcakes in Singapore|
ps –I am not a pro food photographer, but I have been playing around with it for a couple of years. I know I still have lots to learn, particularly about studio lighting. But I hope these few simple tips will help you. I am hoping one day someone will pay me to photograph food!
Browse through cook books or websites for inspiration.
Thankyou for stopping by to visit - I hope I have inspired you to look at food photography in a different way. I look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.
I am linking up to Mosaic Monday, Our World Tuesday, Tuesday Around the World, Foodie Tuesday, and the "What's It Wednesday" party going on over at "Ivy and Elephants". Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!
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