Food photography is a skill that can take many years for food photographers to master. Although it may seem like it would be a simple skill by simply arranging some food on a dinner plate, and snapping some photos, the process to create the perfect food photograph takes some knowledge and experience.
A food photographer must not only carefully plan their shoot; they must also have the vision needed to make it successful. This is one of the reasons why the professional photographers choose to work with a team of individuals to help them create the perfect image. Some of the individuals on the team may be:
• Creative directors
• Food stylists
• Props assistant
The majority of foods also have an expiration date, especially if they are subjected to lighting, heat and air for long periods of time. This is one of the reasons why a food photographer has to utilize a series of tricks and strategies in order to keep the food from spoiling too quickly.
There are several strategies that food photographers use to create those delicious images that are advertised online, in cookbooks and other platforms.
Most food photographers choose natural light for their photographs. In fact, it is especially popular when photographing organic food. Placing food near a window or outside will keep it looking natural. Artificial light can make the photo look less organic.
If your only lighting option is studio light, avoid using the flash on the camera. The flash will make the food look washed out, and it will not be visually appealing.
Style And Position
The food must be styled and position in a way that makes it look visually appealing for viewers. A food stylist must be able to understand food so that it is positioned correctly during a photography session. By contrasting the different colors of food, the images will be visually appealing.
For example, a plate of just mashed potatoes will not be very attractive. However, when it is paired with some brightly colored corn or fresh green beans, it is transformed into a drool worthy photograph.
Props are often used in food photography, and it is an important element. The props should never overwhelm the shot so the focus is taken off of the food. Simply adding a fork, napkin or drinking glass can take the photograph to another level.
Food photographers can implement these strategies to create mouthwatering images. Advanced technology will continue to revolutionize and change the way food photographs are taken.