Inspiration changes things. It moves you to do great things and embraced further, it motivates you to do greater things.
Today, inspire yourself.
Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms. A walk to farmers market inspires some. For some its a photo they saw in a food magazine. For others its just a food blogger who constantly creates amazing art work on her blog.
Subject Based Inspiration
At times when you were trying to create a photograph for that pasta dish and you just couldn’t find something to inspire you what did you do?
Subject based inspiration is simply a way to inspire yourself by looking some outstanding images of the subject. This helps you generate some ideas when you have a “photographer’s block”(Why should only writers get a block named after them?).
Here are some examples that we have posted at LFP before:
As a food photographer who wants to get better, I hope that you visit portfolios of some famous food photographers and stylists to get inspired. If you are not, you should.
To get started you can start with our interview guest list. We have had great pleasure to interview many well known food photographers and stylists. You can find all of them at the food photography interviews.
Inspiration versus Copying
One suggestion that many well-known food photographers have given is to look at portfolios of food photographers and try to recreate those photos to learn and improve your skills. This is different than saying that you should copy the photos in your professional work.
Inspiration here relates to just that – getting inspired and not copying someone else’s work.
Don’t Just Look…Read
This is the whole point of visiting these portfolio. Don’t look at the photos and let the drool flow… The important lesson here is to start reading a photograph. Look at the direction of light and the placement of the subjects. See how the elements of art are used. Study the photo.
Look at the camera angle. See all the props that we have used.
Today’s assignment is very simple. Choose a food photographer’s portfolio or two. Visit these portfolios and just read the photos as we discussed on Day 6. Ask all the questions that help tell you how to read a photograph.
Do Us a Favor
Once you have completed the assignment, answer these two questions in the comments:
- Which photographer’s portfolio you studied?
- Which photos you studied and what did you observe/read?
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