Oatmeal are tough to shoot. They are brown and boring. And did I tell you they are tough to shoot?
Today’s food photo feedback request came from Stephanie.
What would you do differently?
How would you make a photo of oatmeal?
About This Photograph
Below are some details about this photograph from Stephanie.
I wanted the oatmeal to look appealing and delicious. I also wanted a clean, modern, elegant look. I just started food photography a week ago and would like very honest CC on this photo.
1/200 sec; f/3.5; ISO 500 no flash
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I would like feedback on everything. Light, settings, does it look delicious, how I can improve, tips, anything.
My Two Cents
So, Let me begin by saying that, this critique is just my opinion.
Stephanie in this photograph, you’ve taken the first step of eliminating distractions. By using a white background and white plate, the focus is on food. Technically the subject is well exposed. Here are few of my suggestions:
- Styling – Even though the photo is well exposed, the styling here can be improved. I would add some color to this dish. You can do that by adding some berries like strawberries. You could also add props like napkin or tablecloth that don’t distract but complete the photograph.
- Camera Angle – Would strongly suggest changing the camera angle. Read more about choosing a camera angle and the best camera angle.
- Framing – Try cropping the plate rather than showing the entire plate. See how the photo changes (example below). This cropped dish adds a little suspense and engages the viewer by asking them to imagine the rest of the dish.
If you can focus on improving these three things, I believe the photograph will become stronger. I would invite you to share the results once you make these changes. Good luck.
What do you like about this image and how would you improve it?
What would you add to this image? What would you subtract?
Does it looking appealing enough to eat? How would you style it?
Tell us in the comments below.
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