I had a busy Sunday morning yesterday, I attended a one hour talk on food photography. It was a fascinating talk presented by a stylist and two photographers and I thought I would share with you some of the tips they passed on as they styled, presented and photographed a plate of smoked salmon with various accoutrements on the side
Always use good quality ingredients.
Everything has to shine, onions need to be golden, tomatoes need to be bright, you can add oil to the ingredients to make them shine.
Get as many backdrops as you can from various sources - council clean ups, charity shops, wallpaper makes a great backdrop on a table.
Contrast - use warm and cold colours together.
If you light from behind it will bring out the textures of the food.
If you are making salads use a shallow bowl and pile up the ingredients to create height.
Undercook your vegetables to bring out the colour.
Use a mandolin to cut and slice stuff as food looks much better cut this way.
If your lettuce or rocket looks tired place it in a bowl with a stainless steel knife and it will spring back to life.
Do portrait shots, not landscape shots.
You want the viewer to feel like they are there sharing the food so use a crushed napkin, not a folded one.
Think of where you are sitting at the table, you want to put the camera at that angle.
Decide if you want shallow depth of field (I did) or all in focus and adjust your aperture or lens according. I shot the above using my 50mm F1.4 lens with an ISO of 125 at F1.8 and 1/100 sec using natural light.
I thought I would practise over the next few weeks with the build up to Christmas, who wants to join me?
I bet you thought this was going to be a Christmas countdown, no, this is the summer countdown. I took a walk along the beach at Bondi early this morning and the temperature was rising and everyone was ready for the sunshine and the summer.
So much was going on, it was fantastic to sit and watch the world go by with my takeaway coffee. Apologies to those of you who are feeling the cold at the moment but you are more than welcome to come and sit on the beach with me anytime.