Title: Sweet Rewards.
We all love taking photos of food, right? Here are some tips on getting the most out of your foodie shots!
5 Tips on Being a Photo-Foodie
1. FRESH. Don’t photograph old food… colors fade, sauces start to blend in, and the longer you take - the less attractive the food becomes. If you are shooting for a client you may need to re-plate items or even have 2-3 backup plates waiting for you. Also, keep the hot food hot and cold food cold.
2. FINE DETAILS. Like all photography, the minor details make your photos interesting. Think of ingredients, the patterns drawn out by the chef, and even items and how they sit on the plate.
3. NATURAL LIGHT. I’ve touched on this before, but will say it again. Flash/strobes kills food shots. It takes away your savory flavors and colors. Not to mention it tends to make your food look flat. Use open windows and tables near those windows as your set up location.
4. Depth of Field. At the end of the day you are selling food and presenting images that need to look clutter free. Depth of field helps with things in the background that you want to mask out from the overall shot, not to mention it also helps bring the focus in on the food. Having said that, don’t go too extreme with depth of field. I tend to shoot around f/2 - f/3.2 for food shots as I’ve learned f/1.2, 1.4 and 1.8 are too much depth of field and take away from the details that you need to capture.
5. Work Smart. Keep in mind that most professional food photographers are working with food stylists and creative directors. Take a few test shots and look at them, if items need to be moved - move them! The key is to think about the big picture and set up your food shots for success in camera. Yes, you can process at home… but do you really want to spend the time moving a salt and pepper shaker out of your shot that you could have easily moved before taking the photo? Time is money and your time is valuable… remember that!