There are so many ways to take food photos that sometimes it may feels a bit overwhelming. For a while I was subscribed to one of my favorite magazines – Real Simple and every month I would be thrilled to see the new cover. One of my favorite things about this magazine is that they keep their cover real simple and that’s what I wanted to try with food photography. I wanted to keep it real simple this week.
To keep it simple, you need to have following things in mind:
1. Keep it uncluttered and minimalistic – put only items you NEED in front of the camera. Background should be real simple.
2. Group the like-colors together. Colors are probably the most
important factor in keeping it simple. If you have items of same color, you can get away with more items while still keeping it simple. If you introduce more than
3. Shoot from the above. The reason I say this is that this angle allows you to avoid any distraction you may have in the background. In my experience, this angle also results in that “I am not trying too much” look. 2 colors, it won’t be that simple any more. You can tell this is true if you compare my first photo (tomato red, basil green, and garlic off-white) with other two photos. If I had another tomato instead of that garlic, my photo would appear a lot simpler.
4. Composition. When you shoot from the above, you have to pay close attention to composition and the way you arrange your items – this angle does not forgive unbalanced setting because you cannot hide anything.
As you can tell, although I left Italy, Italy has not left me. Simple Italian food is still my favorite. My favorite “red bruschetta” (pronounced brusketta).
An idea to go with real simple food photogrpahy came as I was preparing our dinner the other day. And the idea to have speckled trout for dinner came from the delicious lunch we had at the Red Lobster a few days ago. I had an amazing grilled Rainbow Trout and when I saw fresh Speckled Trout at our local fish market, I wanted it for dinner.
Which photo you like the best; which one is real simple?
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