This 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.
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
- Matt Armendariz and his blog MattBites
- Lara Ferroni and her blog Cook and Eat
- Helene Dujardin and her blog Tartelette
- Clare Barboza
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.
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.
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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.