A technique I have played with in the last year, especially on rainy days when I can’t get out and about so much to take photos is flat lay, and knolling. The results –
Out & About: Food in China
Food Photography Technical Tips
Here I want to sum up some of the things that I have learnt about the technical side food photography, and the methods I use when shooting.
Vary the camera angle
For the most part I take at least 3 different angles of my food moving from the front to 45-degree angle then above it. This can also include use of wider shots or close up and macro shots. Use the different angles to enhance the feature and texture of the food. Continue reading
Food Photography Setting the Mood
In my last food photography post I talked about using light, this time I want to build on that and show some examples of how to create different moods in your food photography. The three main areas that I work with when setting the mood for my photo are basically the use of each of the areas I have talked about in the last three posts in this series. Continue reading
Food Photography: Lighting
One of the most important things in food photography, and making your food look better is the lighting. You can see below to different samples of 6 images with different lighting in each. In these photos I have changed the lighting direction or number of lights in each one to let you see what difference lighting can make. I have not processed these images at all except to crop them and in all but one of the images the camera was in the same place. Continue reading
Food Photography Props and Styling
Once you have set up your space for doing food photography another important thing to look at is what props you will use. This will depend on the style and mood you are trying to create and what will suit the food you are presenting. Continue reading
Food Photography Setup
Over the last year and a half I have learnt a lot about food photography and how to make it work in my living room or kitchen while stumbling over toys and fighting off the kids from taking a sample before I’ve managed to capture it. Continue reading
This year I decided I wanted to venture out and try some different sorts of photography and something that really captured my attention was the idea of forms of motion photography. I haven’t discovered yet all the things that might fully entail but I have already started working on some ideas for different projects including:
- forms of time-lapse
- astrophotography and star trails
- long exposure photography
- high speed photography
So I hope this year to share with you at least one of my experiments each month.
The first project I decided on was a time-lapse – that is capturing hundreds of photos over an extended period of time and compiling them together into a movie clip. After looking into making one I was surprised how easy (relatively speaking) it was to start out. I was also pleasantly surprised that the only additional thing I needed other than a camera and a tripod was a free app on my mobile called TriggerTrap and a cable. After going through a couple of candles and getting the timing right I managed to get something that worked.
Out & About: Taste of Auckland
This weekend I spoiled myself by going to Taste of Auckland, a food festival and participate in the Canon Food Photography Studio. Food photographer Lottie Hedley was on site to guide us through the process and Little Bird Organics gave us some incredible foods to shoot.