With the rise in food blogging new food photographers are being born every day. Everyone wants to become an outstanding food photographer, but most people fail.
Some spend time trying to become a food photographer but month after month nothing changes. It quickly starts getting frustrating and you feel like you should quit. But quitting does work either. Every so often you still feel the urge, but nothing works.
Why do most food photographers fail? Is it luck or is it something very deep that prevents success?
Read on to understand the deep reasons why most food photographers fail and how failure sets in. Ignore this and you will fail. Embrace it and fight it and you will succeed.
7 Reasons Why You Will Fail as a Food Photographer
Here are the 7 reasons why most new food photographers fail to reach their potential. Without mincing words, lets jump right to the first reason.
Reason 1: Not Enough Food Photos
One of the common reason for you to not reach your photographic potential is that you don’t take enough photos. The more food photos you take the better photographer you become. You know your camera and your equipment better. You know the settings and what those settings do. You learn how to see like your camera. Framing and composition starts getting better.
You start seeing photographs everywhere. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who has participated in a Photo a Day project (enrollment closing soon).
Reason 2: No Love for Food
Outstanding food photographers love food. They understand their subject. If you don’t love food, it is hard to find motivation to find a subject. If you don’t love cooking, or know someone who can cook for you, the challenge becomes how will you practice all the different possible dishes that will improve your photography.
Certainly, if you love cooking and can cook, you have greater chances to become a great food photographer. Look at all the food bloggers who have excelled at food photography.
Reason 3: Taking all the LIKES and Comments seriously
With so many places to post photos, now you can also get more likes than ever. We have talked about this before. And it is important to mention it again. Our friends and family encourage us by liking our photo and leaving comments that are nice. Most new food photographers look at these comments and starting become complacent. They think that since all their friends are liking the photo, you must be getting good.
Ask yourself – of all your friends, how many do actually take photographs and appreciate a good photo? This is where the next point is really crucial.
Reason 4: Not Understanding What A Great Food Photo Looks Like
Related to reason number 3 is, not understanding what a great food photo looks like. Understanding what good food photos look like and knowing what are the elements of a great food photograph is crucial for being successful. Start with the basics and learn about design and art.
Reason 5: No Committed Schedule
Have you committed to a schedule? Every Monday photographing 2 new dishes? Every Tuesday looking at portfolios of 4 new food photographers? or something like that?
If you haven’t planned your schedule, you won’t ever do it properly. As they say, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Reason 6: Not Feeding Your Brain
As part of the creative process, feeding your brain with great food photos, specially at the early stage is really critical. This also helps you with point 4. The more photos you look at the more understanding you get. We have talked about this in detail before. Read more about food photography inspiration.
Reason 7: Reading Lot of Blogs
How many blogs do you read? No not just food photography blog. All blogs? 50? more? less? In this information age, when information comes to us from all different direction, it is a real challenge to stay focused and get something done. And that’s just the way it is now and it will only get worse. We will get even more information from even more directions. Information Overload, I am sure you’ve heard about it.
Everyone faces these barriers to a certain extent. Everyone wants to become great at something, in our case, a better food photographer. Then why do we fail?
How We Fail?
Last few months I have faced most of these barriers. I have read more blogs than ever. Not taken a single food photo. Slipped from my schedule. This year was incredibly different for me. Every time I wanted to take a photo, there was always something that prevented me.
Sometimes it was the excuse of not having “good” light. Other times it was just, “I don’t think I have time for that today”. The funny thing is that, every time I said, I don’t have time, I found I wasted hours watching random videos on internet about information I didn’t need or watching TV.
Some days it was Patrick Jane, other days it was Mr. Reese. Some days it was Manning other days it was Brady. Kalinda too was creating not letting me do the work.
There were days when I just didn’t “feel like” it.
Have you ever struggled to take a great photo? You have your camera next to you but you just don’t “feel” it. Have ever had one of those moments? Do you hear that voice in your heard that wants you to watch more TV or play that game or spend some time browsing Pinterest? Perhaps its facebook if not Pinterest?
How To Get a FREE BOOK and Fight Back
Steven Pressfield calls that voice in your head “Resistance”, in his book The War of Art.
The War of Art is an amazing book. It helped me. If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend it to you. Anyone who is in the field of arts needs to read it. It’s a must read for you.
I loved this book and it helped me so much that
we are giving away this book for FREE (Update: we have announced the winner) to someone who is serious about food photography.
How to Get FREE Book How to get this free book? It’s really simple. Leave one detailed comment telling what you struggled with this year and what you did to overcome it. That’s it. One liner comments like “Please send me the book” will be disqualified. We will randomly pick a commenter who shares their struggles and barriers. Announcement of Winners will be on our Google Plus page and Facebook Page. Do this now!!