Food Photography: An Art Of Trickery

Photography, like most art, comes in many different forms. There are those who love to spend their weekends out in the wilderness taking snaps of plants and animals, and those who prefer to capture people’s faces and forms. When you get started in this field, it can be very hard to know which niche will suit you best. The answer to this is simply trying them out, though, and anyone with a camera should be able to do this. To help you out, this post will be exploring a range of the different tricks used by food product photographers to do their job, along with the tools you’ll need to do it.

The Things Which Last: There are plenty of food items out there which will happily last for the duration of the photo shoot. Organic cheese, for example, will usually prefer to be stored in a chilled environment but will be able to survive an hour or two out in the open while you take some snaps. The higher-quality the items you buy, the longer they will be able to last. Of course, though, you might not want to eat some foods after they have been exposed to the air for too long.

The Things Which Don’t: There are loads of different foods out there which simply won’t retain their appearance for long enough to be captured from several angles. Ice, ice cream, and anything foamy are prime culprits for this, but you don’t have to be concerned. Instead of using the real thing for this, most professionals will use plastic or rubber alternatives which look almost identical to the real thing. Most good product photography websites will have loads of options like this.

Preparation: Like a meal prepared in a restaurant, the presentation of the photos you take is extremely important, and you will need to work hard to create environments which mimic the feel you’d like to capture. Achieving this will take some practice, with YouTube videos being a great help when you’re first starting. It’s amazing how a simple change can change the way that a photograph looks entirely.

Editing: Finally, as the last area to consider when you’re taking photographs of food, editing will play a big role in the end product of your work. Software like Photoshop is best for this, as it has loads of guides and documentation to help you with the nitty-gritty. Removing shiny areas, adjusting color, and making other small alterations can have a real impact on the quality of your photos. Not a lot of people bother to edit their photos before they post them to social media or their portfolios, and this can make things look sloppy.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, you will be able to start delving into the world of foodie photography like never before. Getting into a field like this will always take some exploration. You won’t know if you like something until you’ve tried it, and this approach should be taken with all of your hobbies, as it will usually result in enriching them.

Love, P



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  1. This is really interesting, I never realised what they did with ice-cream v rubber.

    I’ve only got an iPhone which isn’t great for food photography so I kind of gave up on it. Which is a shame as I’d love to do more recipe posts.

  2. Your insights into professional photography are fascinating and so helpful. I always love reading your photography posts. These olives actually look as good as they taste. And the chocolate ice cream photo is so textured. I love it. I’m usually too greedy to have time to take pictures of my food but I have got a new job at a magazine with a big food section so it is so timely to read you insider tips. #stayclassymama

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