A Portrait photographer needs a portrait who tells its story. The photographer needs to be more skilled than the subject because they feel calm in the front of the camera. But as a food photographer , I feel easier because the subject doesn’t talk. But it doesn’t mean I forget the food styling part of the food photography.
Today the world of the Foodie,Instagram. Everyone is a food photographer. Food photography, however, plays a huge role across many different businesses. Previously limited to the food industry (restaurants, markets, specialty food stores) and food-dedicated publications, food photography now spans a wide breath of editorial publications and commercial/advertising campaigns. Food is most often associated with comfort and happiness, so it’s no surprise that clients like American Express and CNN are now seeking food photographers.
No matter which type of the photographer you are. But it matter you have the skills of the food photography, you should have, Your work should be different that stand in the crowed, your client sees your work and feel to taste it.
It will be happening than if your styling is up to mark. I am discussing some tips on food photography and styling.
You need white bouncing cards and silver reflectors. Avoid direct light on the food. Use always reflected and filtered light from the side. Use window light or diffuse light.
While it may seem more generous to serve plates piled high with food, an over crowded plate can look less appealing than a minimalist spread. Think about how you can use the white space of the plate to frame your dish.
While there are times when all white on white can be visually striking, I find I get better shots if I go for contrast. So a pale coloured food and plate gets a dark background where as a vibrantly coloured dish tends to be best with a simple white background.
Exactly how you go about getting that mouthwatering shot depends entirely on what food you are shooting. Before you even start cooking, ask yourself, what makes this good? The answer will influence a lot of your styling choices. For example, if you are shooting a club sandwich, the best part is what’s inside. A shot from above will just show bread, so you’ll need to set up a shot that allows the viewer to see those tantalizing slices of meat and crisp toppings.
The right background can make or break your food shots. A good background should offer a lot of contrast—you don’t want your food to blend in. Choose a background that will allow the viewer’s eye to be drawn to the dish immediately. Make sure you also consider the overall mood you are going for too. A fancy filet mignon would go better on a upscale tablecloth while a hamburger would pair well with a rustic barnwood tabletop.
Think about what makes your subject really delicious and then aim to highlight this characteristic in your shot. Ice cream is a great example. It’s all about smooth creaminess and licking drips from the sides of your cone or bowl.
Some foods look best fresh from the oven, while others are best shot a little later on. Lettuce and greens, for example, have the most life when they’ve just been washed in ice water. Emphasize the creaminess of ice cream by waiting until it’s dripping or choose to show it’s cool quality by shooting straight from the freezer. Do you want steam in the shot of that cornish hen? If not, you can make it still look fresh-from-the-oven even though it’s lukewarm by spritzing it with oil.
Angle is big in food photography and helps dictate the mood. Again, keep in mind that first question—what element of the food do you want to emphasize? Here’s a few of the most common angles for food photograph:
Straight on: When the camera is level with food, the viewer almost feels like they can reach out and start eating.
Above: Shooting directly from above will emphasize the shape of the dish and the props.
Tilted towards the camera: When the dish is tilting towards the viewer, it creates a welcoming feel.
Titled away: Tilt the dish away from the camera and the viewers eye follows the food into the image.
Food photography is often about telling a story. Who made this? What’s the occasion? What season it is? The right props can help you share this story – just beware of going overboard.
Try picking one standout color from the dish – say the strawberries in a strawberry rhubarb pie – and adding a small element that incorporates that color. It could be the paper that your dish sits on, dusted powdered sugar on the table, orange slices, a wooden cutting board, or a cup of coffee.
Food styling is arguably one of the biggest things you can tackle to improve your culinary images. How you set up your dish, props and background, as well as how you compose everything within the frame can help you go from pictures that just get glanced at to the ones that make mouths water.
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