Hi and welcome to Weekly Photo Stew! Today I have a few basic and quick tips for food photography lovers! Here they are:
1. Time your food session.
If you are cooking meals that you plan on photographing before eating, timing is important because you don’t want to make everyone wait on you. Plan to cook early enough to have enough time to capture a few shots before you invite everyone to the table. I learned that scheduling cooking time 30-45 minutes early helps a lot. For this week’s Weekly Photo Stew, I knew I wanted the shots of the food before cooking and after cooking so I started early.
2. Get a mental picture of shots you want to take before you put the food on the table.
I’ve learned that if I wait until I put the food on the table to set the shot, my friends and family will end up eating cold or re-heated food. I research magazines and cookbooks for inspiration and decide on what I want the photo to look like before I start shooting. So, I set up the table ahead of the time and get my camera ready. That way I can pre-focus camera and check settings before I actually put the food on the table. If necessary, I will place dishes and take test shots to check the composition and colors on the screen before I put the actual food on plates or pour wine or water into glasses. As you can see in the photo on the left, I took the test shoot before I poured the wine to make sure I can take the final shot immediately after I pour the wine that should be served chilled, not lukewarm. However, I did not like the fork in the frame and I wanted the bottom plate to show more in the shot as well as the bowl with salad to show more. I quickly fixed the setting, then I poured wine, took one shot and was ready to enjoy the meal. The final image is below.
3. Wipe glasses and plates.
Wipe dishes before you take photos because there is nothing worse than taking a great photo just to realize there are finger prints all over the glass or bowl.
Linking up to
This and That @ DebDuty.Com
Shoot. Edit. Sumbit. @ Through a Photographer’s Eye.
Andi @ The Hollie Rouge.
4. Work quickly!
Food looks better if it’s warm and freshly prepared. Especially salads! Work quickly!
I really enjoyed checking out your food shots last week and I would love to have you here this week too!
Here’s how you can join Weekly Photo Stew on Thursdays.
It’s so simple:
1. Make your photograph about food or beverages.
2. Tell us about that photograph: share a photo tip, recipe, or a story behind it.
3. Submit the URL to your food photo post or a specific Flickr image, not your home page or album URL.
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