Thoughts on Plating, Styling and Photographing Food – Food Photo Styling Interview with Matt Wright

Matt WrightThis interview is packed with lot of great information. Each minute of Matt’s information can be a post in itself. I am very excited to publish this interview. Matt has shared a lot of very useful information with us. He goes into lot of details on telling a story and reading a photo. He shares his tips on lighting and he talks about post processing. I would even go as far as saying that this interview is like a food photography book that will teach you lot of things about choosing props, setting the scene and photographing food.

Let’s Welcome Matt Wright

If you have been reading this blog, you’ve read about Matt in our food photographers list (which desperately needs an update). He has a great blog WrightFood and his portfolio is here. If you have not read these posts with food photography lessons, do it now.

  1. Food Photography Setup – Post One
  2. Food Photography Setup – Post Two
  3. Compact camera food photography

Here is a very informational audio interview with Matt. Please leave your feedback below.

Let’s start the interview…

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Some highlights of this interview:

How to Read a Food Photo

Matt talks about reading a photo multiple times. He explains three reads in analyzing a photo. Look at the composition of the photo first. Think about how things are placed in the frame. Go into more detail now. Think about lighting, where is light coming from. Read it again and then you will probably pick up some more stuff. We have talked about reading a food photo previously.

Telling a Story with Your Food Styling and Photos

Story comes to life when food works with everything around it is in a theme. Whether a food is Italian or Indian  or Chinese, this should be clear the way we use the props and table setting. How a napkin is put or placed on table will tell you a lot about the purpose.

Lighting for Food Photography

Natural light is the  best light for taking food photos. It is cleaner and fills the room wonderfully. This light is pretty good for food. Matt talks about Lower softlights and using Umbrella when you don’t have natural light. He also gives tips on bouncing lights for a better food photos.

His Favorite Food Photographers and Blogs

Food Photography Equipments and Links in the Interview

Matt talks about using umbrellas for lighting. Have a look at these umbrellas. There are also other lighting equipments like softbox, reflectors. Many of these are cheaper than you think. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get those.

Thanks Matt

Thank you Matt for your time. Really appreciate you taking time for us.

Friends, if you found this helpful, I will really appreciate if you could let Matt know. Send him a tweet (@wrightfood) or visit his blog and leave a comment or send him an email. It will mean a lot to me.

More Cool Food Photography and Styling Experts are Coming

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What would you ask them? What would you like to know about them? What else would you ask Matt? Leave a comment below and tell us. Also with this being the first interview, I learned a lot about taking interview and would like your feedback on interviewing technique.

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  1. excellent info! thanks for the interview!

    • Thanks for listening! I think Matt has provided some awesome information here. His advice on lighting, analyzing a photo and food props is very helpful.

  2. Okay, what I find the most difficult is the white balance. I asked mowie how he achieved such white backgrounds and I think this is it. I always seem to get yellowis/blueish or whatevercolor-ish instead of plain white. I’ll have to investigate more about white balance.

    Thanks! Great interview

  3. Hi Debora,

    There are two things you can do for white balance. If you have a dSLR you can actually set a custom white balance on camera. To do this put a piece of what card/paper down where you are shooting your food. Frame the whole thing in your camera, and take a shot. Then in your camera’s menu system (read manual here!) you can tell it to use that photo as the correct white balance.

    In all honesty, I hardly ever do that, unless I am doing a long shoot in the same space. What I typically do is shoot the shot, and then adjust the white balance in Lightroom/photoshop etc. In there is the white balance tool where you can pick a color in the image which should be white (or neutral like a gray – just no color). This will adjust all colors in the image, and typically does a pretty darn decent job.

  4. Thank you so much for having Matt Wright to be part of the interview! It’s very inspiring indeed.

    It’s very refreshing to know that Matt’s passionate origins of food photography has plenty of resemblance to my own life. Like Matt, I also enjoy collecting cookbooks and, goodness, I lost count how many of them do I keep in my own bookshelf since I started this crazed collection over a year ago. I like to keep that many because I enjoy looking at the food photographs and keep wondering day and night how do these photos look incredibly gorgeous. As my life revolves around food and photography, I set my own aspiration in taking food photos that I cook (and eat of course!). At their excellent quality.

    Listening to Matt’s interview on tips and tricks in making food photographs look so good motivates me to keep producing better quality of food photographs. I want to get good in it so that one day my photos look like they’re taken by a professional photographer. With this confidence, I build up my portfolio of having excellent food photographs so I can showcase my work to food magazine and cookbook publishers, in order to get into the world of freelance photography.

    Thanks again Matt!

    • Andy, Thank you for your comments. Good to hear that you liked the interview. I think cookbooks are great source of awesome food photography and inspiration.

      I too learned a lot from talking with Matt.

      Thanks again,

      • No worries, Neel!
        And thank you for having such a wonderful website/blog that discusses the whole spectrum of food photography concepts!
        I’m glad to have found you.

  5. Matt’s primer on food photography is one of the best I have read. So often, other posts similar to this are long on gorgeous photos, but short on practical instructions. Thank you so much for sharing his advice with us.


  6. Thanks for this post, and really thanks for your whole website it is really informative!

  7. Thank you Matt for your time.I really appreciate that you taking time for us.

  8. Such a great article it was which shares his tips on lighting and he talks about post processing. Would even go as far as saying that this interview is like a food photography book that will teach you lot of things about choosing props, setting the scene and photographing food.Thanks for sharing this article.

  9. Glad to hear this news, and I really appreciate this guys…

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