For a few of us, photography only limits to food. But with great skills come great confusions. This article will sort you out completely and make your food photography easy:
- ONE LIGHT SOURCE The light nobody even notices when they look at the photos is the best light for food photography. Keep it as natural as possible. A window light works just fine. Which also means, that there are going to be naturally occurring shadows too.
- VARY THE CAMERA ANGLE Get the shot you think you want. Take a few minutes to recompose. Click again! Variety is always important when it comes to shooting for a client. Clients want choices, all the time! Different angles for different types of shots are necessary. Creates a sense of depth, perspective, and scale wisely. Also, food won’t get bored with you while you take your time to get everything just right.
- DON'T TOUCH THE STYLIST’S FOOD Just as you take your job seriously, they do too. If you want the food to be moved, ask them to move it or turn the plate. Ask them to add something if need be. Avoid touching the food!
- USE PROPS Props add a story to your food. Take all your time! Props are dramatically going to improve your frame. Keep your props low key, not distracting. It grab viewer's attention to the photo.
- AVOID BOLD PATTERNS AND FABRICS It's all about hooking your viewer's eyes directly at the food and not anywhere else in the frame. The story is not about the plate, but the food. You might be in love with that pattern on the plate. But what's not good for the food, should be avoided.
- KEEP IT VERTICAL Horizontal formats? Always? NO! It’s definitely more comfortable to work that way, but why be in your comfort zone when you want to improve? Shooting vertically gives you amazing depths in a photo from foreground to background. Get verticals when you want large photos for your blog. Mix up the images. Some vertical photos and some horizontal ones will work well for your blog.
- CROP THAT PLATE Keep two formats of the image to be on a safer side. It’s okay to crop the plate. You're showing off the food, not selling that plate!