Sunday, November 28, 2010
Photographing Food: Getting Results That Make You Hungry
New technology has made it a lot easier to become a good photographer these days.
Here are a few tips for shooting food that will significantly improve your results.
I devour the food in my head before I actually eat it. Thinking about what you are shooting is 80% percent of the photo.
Practice makes perfect. Shoot often and analyze the results. I constantly pore over photos in food magazines and on the internet and introduce styles that I like into my food portfolio.
Keep it simple. Using solid colored plates and bowls and fewer props produces more natural, eye-catching results. Make it all about the food instead of the plates or props.
I will sometimes use props to match my food, as in the case of this cupcake or a few holiday items.
Use natural light. I have a big window in my kitchen where most of my food photos are shot. I also run a dish out to a ledge in my front yard to shoot it outdoors. I always use natural light and as needed, increase the ISO to get the shot.
Turn off your flash. Shooting with a small flash is the worst thing you can do because the photos will look flat. Use back or side light on your photographs.
On days with a lot of sunshine, use a white card placing the food between the light source and the card. The light will bounce off the card and soften the effect.
When shooting in low light, use a tripod to keep the camera steady. You’ll get blurred pictures when hand holding a camera in low light.