This last weekend was a productive one. I got a photography book to review. The book is written for all photographers who classify themselves as intermediate or advanced beginner. Regardless of that, there were 5 great lessons that food photographers can apply in their work.
"Hmm. Control, control. You must learn control." – Yoda
Her viewers’ mind, The great photographer controls. Control you must, successful you will be. Okay! Enough of Yoda English. All jokes aside, all well-known successful photographers know this – “Jedi Mind Tricks” work. Always.
One Extremely Important Question That Is Ignored By Aspiring Food Photographers (and Why You Need to Address it Now)
What does this photo tell you? Think about it. Think hard. What is this photo communicating? Do you have the answer for this? NO? Stop reading any further and observe the photo. Answer the questions. Got it? Now look at the next photo.
How do you find the best camera angle for food photography? Do you know what the formula for that looks like? This post is a simple guide for food photographers to find the best angle for taking food photos.
Have you ever cooked? “Cooked what?” you may ask. Well… anything. Absolutely anything. Something as simple as boiling a pasta and putting sauce in it. How do you decide how much sauce to put or how much to boil that pasta? What about how much black pepper to add? Here’s how: you either know what black pepper tastes like or you know what excess of it might do to the dish.
A cook needs to know what ingredients of a recipe might do to its taste even before cooking it. So, does a photographer.
And just like that it is time to bid 2009 a good bye. 2009 was a blast for us. I hope it was for you too. Among other things, the best thing that happened was we started LearnFoodPhotography. In just few months, we have received so many emails, so many tweets and several notes that we are really excited to be in this place. All I want to say is Thank you for all the love you have showered upon us. Here are the 10 most read post by our readers.
Ever had that feeling that those cranberries or strawberries you shot aren’t red enough? May be the apple pie you shot seemed a little – well – yellow. One of our readers sent me a tweet about her experience with food photography sharing sites. In this post we explain why exactly is your food isn’t looking good enough.
Understanding Element of Arts to Improve Food Styling and Photography – Part 2: Color, Space and Texture
In this second part of “Understanding Element of Arts to Improve Food Styling and Photography”, we continue our journey to improving our skills. In this post, we look at the remaining three elements of art – color, space and texture. These elements, when used appropriately, can drastically improve your food presentations and photographs.
Understanding Elements of Art to Improve Food Styling and Photography – Part 1: Line, Shape and Form
How else would you style this Flan? Would you put a flower or will you use cream? What kind of plate will you use? Circular like this? or a Rectangular plate? What about Penne Pasta? How would you style Penne Pasta? Would you make a giant heap in a plate? What type of plate will choose? Square? or Circular plate?
What is the first thing you need to do to take a good photograph? Check the battery? Clean the lenses? Remove the lens cap perhaps? What do you think? Answer: None of the above. The one thing that comes at the very top of the list is understanding your subject. In photography, as you may already know, subject defines everything. Depending on the subject, your camera, your lenses, your technique, the background, the lighting requirement and even your process and its elements change. Knowing and studying the subject helps defining what features make it different. So the question is, how to simplify the process of understanding the subject?