Food styling is the most critical part of food photography. Food styling is also most challenging, specially for someone who does not have a lot of experience in styling. Read more to learn how anyone can make food photos beautiful by simple food styling.
Food Photograph # 1
Look at the food photo below. What do you think about it? What is it missing? What do you think about the background, in general? Look at the photo again and read the photograph.
No seriously. Stop here for a moment and analyze the photo above. Before you go to the next paragraph, observe and read the photo above. Analyze it.What are the strength and what is missing?
This photograph uses shallow depth of field. Everything else in the photograph is out of focus and that’s why it attracts attention on the right bowl.
Adding Spices to this Food Photo
See the photo below. Let’s add the simplest of the nuts/spices that go along with this dish. For simplicity sake, I am calling this food styling. In true sense this is more art direction than styling.
In the photo above, we just sprinkled some almonds, pistachios and some cardamom on the cloth. Do you see how a very simple food style can add a lot of impact to your photo?
But wait, that’s not it. We need to do one more thing to make an even better photo.
What’s Different Here?
Now, observe the next photo. Do you see some difference from the previous one? Look closer. Do you see how sprinkled spices are spread in the photo above? Observe the top right corner in the previous photo. See that empty space? That creates imbalance in the frame.
To balance the photograph, we need to balance the spices on the tabletop. So I picked some pistachios that were below the top bowl and moved them to top right in the frame. See the photo below and tell us what difference this made? Granted that the camera angle in the photo below is a little different, but I hope you get the idea.
How You Can Style Your Food
For very basic food styling, you can add raw ingredients or spices that go along with the dish and as you will agree, create a better photo.
With this post, I hope you have gained at least few things. You will learn by doing this, so please try this out and leave a talk about your results below
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