lighting technique, how to work with angles, how to work with food, and a studio setup. In food photography, what you want to accomplish is to make the food you work with look nearly irresistible to the viewer. These photos will be used by companies in advertising campaigns, on packaging or in ads placed in magazines. No matter where an image is used, the food captured in it should entice and motivate the viewer to want it. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll soon be able to take amazing stock photos of food and beverages.
Step 1: The TextureWhen you consider food, you typically think about how it tastes and smells. The issue with food photography however, is that you can’t exactly convey those senses in an image. Alternately, a food photographer will have to use the color and the texture of the food to entice viewers. Consider what it is about the food that you want a viewer to notice, but focus on the texture of the food mainly.
Step 2: The Color of FoodIt makes sense to avoid placing a green food on a green plate because the food will get lost in the plate. Also, don’t decorate a red food with something that is red. Keep in mind that while you do need some contrast, you also need continuity in your images. White or black solid photo backgrounds tend to produce the best results. You do need to take some risks in your work, but you also have to check the results and whether they are appealing to the eye.
Step 3: The LightingProper lighting isn’t specific to food photography but it is important. Your goal should be to make your food images come off the page. Adjusting the illumination and shadow play can help you make your flat images appear more three-dimensional.
Step 4: The PerspectiveFood photographers also need to consider the perspective used in an image. When you’re choosing the angle to use for a shot, think about what effect you want for the image. As an example, take the shot from a lower angle to make a subject appear taller. If your goal is to enhance a subject, consider taking the shot from above.
Step 5: The StyleYou aren’t just a photographer, you’re also a stylist for the food you shoot. This means using photo backgrounds, props and accessories that make a story appear linked to the subject. Interested in learning more about food photography? Check out Choosing the Right Lighting in Studio or Stock Photography!
-Backdrop Express Photography Team
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