How to Photograph Salads Like Panera

Panera Salad Photos - Menu Board

Have you ever been to Panera Bread?

A few days ago, I went to pick up their Honey Wheat bread and noticed their menu board. Every time I go to Panera, same thing happens.

And every time this happens, I end up reacting the same way.

This time was no different.

So I walked in to the store and walked towards the cashier.

And immediately I started gawking at their menu boards. The photos on these menu boards were so… stunning that I just kept looking at them.

I started “reading” those salad photos. Trying to find where the light was coming from, or how the subject was styled…

Take a look at this photo…

Salads Photos on Panera Menu Board

Salads Photos on Panera Menu Board

The girl at the counter waited for me patiently while I was… well, lost in those photographs.

And after a while…

She said, “Sir… what would you like to order?”

Uh oh.

By now the line behind me was… long. Yup!!

The reason I was there? To pick up the bread. Remember?

And what was I doing?

Well… drooling over their salad photos.

So I bought what I wanted to as I was rushing out, I grabbed their menu with lots of salad photos…

Yes!! Salads – one of the toughest subjects to shoot.

I came home and started making mental notes about the salad photos. And that brings us to this post…

So here’s what’s in this post….

In this post, I deconstruct 5 salad photographs from Panera. One in the post below and four more in the  bonus video.

I will breakdown key elements of these food photos that make Panera salad photos so appealing. [Read more…]

[Updated] Holiday Food Photography: How to Photograph Holiday Food

Holiday Food Photography Guide

[Updated: New tips added to this holiday food photography guide.]

Holidays are here again!

And we wrote a complete guide on how to photograph holiday food. It’s massive!! More like 4000-word massive.

In this guide we talk about everything from story telling with your food photos to setting the scene to lighting and composing your food photo for holidays.

And then there are 5 case studies too.

It’s all available for FREE!! Go to the complete guide to holiday food photos.


Partial Table of Content for Holiday Food Photo Tips

Read the entire Holiday Food Photography Guide.

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Capturing Action in Food Photo

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How can you make your food photo more powerful? Create drama.

How can you create drama in your next photo? Add motion.

How can you add motion? Read this. [Read more…]

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Photo by Himanshu Taneja

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Ice creams scoops are one of the hardest subjects to photograph. First you need speed, then you need to make sure your composition is right.

Ohh, make sure to get that texture. Remember to light it up so that texture is emphasized. Fast. More than a few seconds delay and the scoops will turn into a gooey blob with no texture.

Did I tell you about the framing? Make sure you get that right!

So many decisions, so little time. Today, that’s what we’ll talk about.  [Read more…]

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Cake Photograph

Take a look at this photo. What do you feel when you look at this photo?

This photo does not have many props. This simple and minimalist photo still evokes emotions. Don’t you think?

Using rustic props and distraction free background, Kristin has created a photo with amazing impact.

In today’s post, Kristin Rosenau shares with us how she shot this photo, what decisions she took and how all of these elements were selected to tell the story.  [Read more…]