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WE ARE ALL GOING TO SEE A LOT OF PICTURES OF
FOOD ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS!
SOME PHOTOS WILL NOT BE SO GOOD, AND SOME
WILL MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER!
TIME FOR US TO TAKE A STAND AND LEARN HOW
TO TAKE PHOTOS OF FOOD CORRECTLY !!!
HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS
OF FOOD CORRECTLY:
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: TIPS FOR TAKING BETTER FOOD PHOTOS:
By Dave Kennard:
Have you ever been flipping through a magazine or browsing the internet and seen an image of an entrée that instantly made your mouth water? A good photograph of food can make your delicious dish look even more delectable than it already is. If you want to take high quality food photographs for your business—or just your blog—here are some tips to help you get better food photos.
STYLE IS EVERYTHING:
This may seem like a bit much, but “styling” or arranging your food carefully can make a dramatic difference in your food photographs. On professional food photography shoots, a food stylist will often be employed just to get the food looking its best. Many parts of the food may not even be real! Thankfully, you don’t need to go this far. Just make sure your food looks nice with the important features showing. For example, for a burger photo, make sure the lettuce isn’t covering up the burger. Or, use a plain plate so as not to distract from the food. A garnish related to the subject will also enhance the photo. For example, for a cheese sandwich, crumble some cheese on the side of the plate.
LIGHT IS KEY:
When lighting food, we want to avoid harsh shadows and highlights. To do this use a soft, diffused light source. A shaded area with reflected natural light can work well. For artificial light, try lights reflected from large umbrellas, or large softboxes. Don’t light your subject directly from the front, as the light will fill in all the shadows, giving a flat image with no texture. Instead, light from the side to bring out the texture and details in the food.
There is a trick to getting real good candid photos. It’s called: BLENDING IN !! How do you blend in when you have that big camera around your neck all the time? Here is some pointers that should really help. Once you master this, the best photos can often be the best CANDID PHOTOS !
WEAR YOUR CAMERA, DON’T CARRY IT:
In a similar vein to the last point, it is also a good idea, if you are going to a party where you may not know everyone, to carry your camera with you from the start. I once went to a summer camp where one of my floor mates carried a camera from the moment I met him. It was only about a day before I found this habitual, and it even felt odd for him not to have his camera with him, even if it was just in the dorms for nightly meetings. The idea here is again to make people think naturally that you will have a camera. If you get to a special occasion, and start pulling the camera out of a big bag, people may feel more intimidated than if you just had it around your neck from the get-go.
SUBJECTIVITY, NOT OBJECTIVIY:
While it is true that you as a photographer want to appear objective when interacting with people, sometimes taking a moment to lower your camera and mingle at the party can go a long way with building trust in the people present. If someone doesn’t know you, it will be harder to get a candid shot of him/her when the time comes. They might be the kind of person who immediately shies away from anything with a lens. By opening up to them, and letting them know you are a person as well as a photographer, you build trust, and they may be more than comfortable to let you take their photo. This technique is particularly effective on children, as they will be the quickest to shy away. If they know you are friendly, they will be more likely to ignore you than to run away from you.
Most importantly, keep your spirits up. People will be able to tell if you are bored of taking photos for the event, or if you are truly excited. The excitement, when present, will spread around, and will help in taking great photos. Simply have a good time, and your photos will turn out that much better.
With that all in mind, go have some fun shooting some new photos.