Practice, Practice, Practice

Saturday, April 13

I have always loved all types of photography. But if I had to choose my favorite it would have to be food photography. I can’t really tell you why though. Maybe it has something to do with my immense love for food. Maybe it’s because the subject never talks back or is never disappointed when I don’t capture it perfectly or creatively enough.  Maybe because I have creative control over the whole process, from the subject and backgrounds to the lighting.  I’m not really sure, maybe it’s a bit of all the above. Either way, I have been having fun with it lately. I have been practicing; trying to improve upon the many techniques that make food photography alluring and inviting.

Great food photography not only makes you want to dive in and devour every last bit of food, but it also tells a story. With a great photo you can almost hear the pots and pans clinking in the backgound, the popping of a cork and the chatter of friends enjoying an evening of great food.

Now, there are so many things to consider when trying to produce a mouthwatering food photo, sometimes it can be overwhelming. But practice is what it takes to get good. Trial and error; finding out what works and what doesn’t.

Here are a few things to consider when talking your photo,

Lighting
Camera angle
Food styling
Props
Composition
White Balance-nothing less appetizing than blue tinted milk

As you can see there is a lot that goes into a good photo before you even take the picture. The best way to get better is to take one or two of these ideas and practice, practice, practice.

Here are a few photos I took while working on  lighting.

Here are some well written articles for you that walk you through the process of what it takes to produce a great food photo. Read up! Then practice, practice, practice. And have FUN!


Leemei Tan Has a great artical on her site mycookinghut.com where she interviews Helen from tartelette about what it takes to create great food photos.

Drizzle and Drip has a very good article called 10 tips for food photography and styling that is worth checking out.

The Ardent Epicure has written a good article on perspective and food styling. I  like that their perspective is minimalistic and they let the food itself tell the story.


Gour Monde in the Kitchen features an article by Naomi Robinson of Bakers Royale on all the ins and outs of food props. This make me what to go out and buy a bunch of used kitchen supplies and props.

Andrea from Bella Eats has another great artical on the aspects of good food photography. It’s worth Checking out. 

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