Last week, how much time did you spend studying outstanding food photos?
Not just looking on Pinterest. Or not just browsing through your favorite blog. In today’s challenge you will first learn why you must not skip this step, then we will discuss exactly how to complete this challenge.
As we start the 30-Day challenge, we need to make sure that you familiarize yourself with outstanding food photos. Understanding what are beautiful food photos is the very first step in improving your food photos. There are some well known outstanding food photographers that consistently create amazing food photos.
Today, we will introduce you to these food photographers. They have different photography styles and their photos look different. Your assignment is to study their food photos.
This may seem like a very simple and obvious assignment and you may be tempted to skip today’s exercise. Don’t make this mistake.
Most of you were expecting the first lesson to be on ISO or Aperture or a more technical subject. While these technical subjects are important, a more important topic is being able to differentiate between an outstanding photo and a “meh” photo and a “don’t-do-that” photo.
Before you start browsing their websites, let’s look at what you need to do next.
Once you are on their portfolios, your goal is to pick 3 photos and explore what you like about them. Observe what you feel when you look at these photos. Note down the feeling. You don’t have to be technically correct, whatever words come to mind, write them down.
Don’t worry about being perfectly correct, focus on articulating your thoughts and feeling accurately.
If you are new and haven’t spend much time with food photography, chances are that you won’t be able to put your finger on what exactly is amazing about a certain photo. That’s okay. The goal is to make yourself acquainted with beauty and being able to internalize the feeling.
Once you are done with studying their photos, you should be able to understand what outstanding photos feel like. You should be able to understand how these photographs are different from those who are still learning and growing in food photography.
So first, let me introduce you to some of the outstanding food photographers. Below are some food photographers who have been consistently producing great food photos. Their styles are unique:
- Matt Armendariz
- Penny De Los Santos
- Aran Goyoaga
- Lara Ferroni
- Beatrice Peltre
- Helene Dujardin
- Teri Campbell
- Katie Quinn Davies
And now, here’s today’s assignment in more details.
Estimated Time Required – Less than 30 mins
Read all the steps before getting started –
Step 1 – Pick two photographers from the list above and visit their portfolio.
Step 2 – Pick just one photo you like from each photographer
Step 3 – Go to the 30DBFP assignment area on LFP community on Google Plus
Step 4 – Share which two photographers you picked in this thread.
Step 5 – Share what you felt in this thread. As mentioned above, note down your feelings and what comes to mind as you observe these photos. Your goal is not to be technically accurate. Your goal very simply is to understand what you feel about these outstanding photo.
Step 6 – Now pick two more photos from photographers that you selected.
Step 7 – Note your feelings and thoughts for these photographs.
By the end of this exercise, you should be able to understand how you feel when you look at an outstanding food photo. If you can feel what a good photo looks like, you can strive to move your food photography in that direction.
Without this insight, quite likely, you would ramble and take bunch of photos, but won’t be able to tell if something is missing. Knowing how you feel about a photo, you will have better chance of identifying if you like a certain photo or not.
Special Note for those enrolled in Full Participation – Once you’ve completed this step, please go back to the additional information and complete any remaining items. (Not enrolled for full participation? Interested in enrolling for full participation? Go here to learn more.)