Food Photography Pt. 1
Food photography has become much more mainstream since the invention of the celebrity chef and all the beautiful as well as delicious creations they make. But you can't just point a camera at a plate of amazing food and expect an amazing image - you gotta work at it!
This isn't about using a food stylist - this is about using your skills as a photographer to capture the beauty and temptation of chef's creations. As an ad man once said to me, "Don't try selling the sausage - sell the sizzle"!
To do that you need to slow down. find good light,
Lighting is really important with food. Some food will photograph better in soft flat light, some works better with a bit of directional light to bring out shapes and textures.
Camera angle can make a world of difference to how much impact the composition of the image has. remember it's the food that's important here not the surroundings. But it's a subtle distinction. Photographing for a restaurant is different from photographing recipes for a book. The restaurant wants to say a little about the surroundings - the book is all about the food and nothing else.
I'm shooting raw images now, which I rarely did before. I understand the histogram better. I had experience with film photography and was comfortable there. Although I was an early adopter of digital, I never acquired the confidence with digital as I had with film. This is why I started with the Ultimate Beginner's Course. I still need practice but I'm feeling much more confident now. Thank you for creating a course that actually goes into the field rather than just parking yourself in a studio and giving lectures.