Food photography can be very tricky, particularly when you’re cooking, styling and photographing the food. If you know all your camera’s little secrets, half of the job is finished… well, the easier half. Now you come to the part where you need to tell a story with your food. Some stories or shots are tougher to pull off, but with a few tips and tricks and plenty of practice, you will soon be there. Well, here are some easy tricks that can take your photo blogging to the next level.
Think about the angle
If you are attempting to tell a story, viewpoint is quite a vital aspect. First, you need to take a good look at the food, its size, shape and everything else that’s unique about it. Once you have found the best angle, position your camera so that it highlights all the best qualities of the food. Some aspects, such as texture, appear best when you’re photographing food from the front. Other qualities, such as size or shape, are best highlighted from above. But, you’re a storyteller, and you must make decisions about what to emphasise.
Use the empty space around your star (which is your disk) to tell something more of the story. Try introducing some props or dish-related materials into the frame. Things like oil, ingredients, and kitchen equipment can tell how the food was made. You can add some props that will tell you something about the origin of the dish or the time of year. Here, you can use different fabrics, herbs and glasses. If you place it in the background or foreground, these properties will give your story depth and texture.
Don’t forget the light
When it comes to photography, lighting is your best friend, but they do not all the time work together. You can get some tools that will help you aim and control it and present your hero in the best light. The light should not distract your audience or pay too much attention to some of the side characters. The human eye all the time sees the brightest part of the photo first, and if that’s not your dish, you could be in trouble. You can use black and white cards, and make diffusers to control your lighting.
Get some lines and layers out
This is an incredible tip on how to direct the viewer’s eye to your subject. You can use different props such as spoons or knives to form lines, or arrange ingredients so they lead the viewer’s eye. See how Australian food photography the experts do it on their Instagram and Facebook and do not be shy to draw some ideas and inspiration from them.
Use color easily
If your style is to have lots of props on your backdrops, do not let them overshadow your food. it is great to have so attractive and colourful props, but you must watch out with the colour. Try working with props in neutral colours to make the food really stand out. Use black, parchment paper, wood and metal trays, and your dish will steal the show.
Props hunting is my favourite activity. Every time I see a nice plate, glass, tablecloth, candle holder or napkin, I can not resist buying it. This way I’m all the time ready to take some fresh and innovative photos.
If it is true what they say that you eat with your eyes first, then you have to ensure your photos are appetizing. Nice photography with well thought out design and execution will absolutely make your audience want to prepare some of your charming recipes and visit your blog repeatedly.