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The photographing of any kind of food seems to be a minefield! There are foodie specific requirements I didn’t know about but which are critical to good food snaps. On the upside – cook books with gorgeous photography sell millions of copies and they are an absolute magnet on Instagram so if you want to grab attention it’s a good thing to try.
Did you know?
- You need the best natural light you can get to photograph food.
- The food needs to be photographed within moments of it being cooked (or it looks terrible).
- This is vitally important when you photograph – eggs 😉
- You never ever use a filter on food photos. It makes the food looks ‘unpalatable’ according to Adam Juniper who edits the 52 Assignments Instagram book.
Why Dressing Food Matters
I am no great food photographer so I went looking for a gorgeous image any cat, as an obligate carnivore, will appreciate.
Take a look at this roast chicken photograph by Envato Elements photographer bondarillia. It’s a tasty roast dish with delicately placed accompaniments to make the human sigh in delight.
It’s all about capturing the right ‘look’ the foodie themed chapter of 52 Assignments says. The setting and dish itself must make people dream of creating something so tasty it will impress friends or family or the demanding world of foodie Instagram.
The chicken photo shows you something it is easy to forget. If you are photographing food it is vital to look at where the food will be photographed and how you use any tableware. Your cutlery or chopsticks might act as a leading line that guides the viewer’s eye into the photo, or guide the eye around a circular arrangement of small bowls.
Pick your tableware carefully, looking for complementary colours (see Assignment 3) or use simple white ware.Adam Juniper
Food and Pet Photographers
The options for pet foodies who want to capture food and their cats in great situations depends on where you take your photos and your imagination.
Do a search using ‘cat food photographs’ if you need inspiration for what might work and what won’t, especially with your own cat as a model. A simple dish with kibble and the bag of food is a good place to start experimenting. A cat posing in a clean and tidy location (brush the kitchen floor) with a carefully posed tin or bag of food works too. Unlike human food photography, cat food is not too demanding, even if you include a video.
Unfortunately the food challenge in 52 Assignments is in two parts. Backgrounds is a special focus on its own but honestly, I can’t do two weeks of food back to back so I am going to skip Assignment 16 for now.
- Join the whole journey in my special DashPhotos2021 account on Instagram and don’t forget, you can find ALL the Assignment posts HERE
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