Making the most out of every subject.
As food photography instructors, we are constantly seeing students that will take hours to set up a single image and then spend less than a minute to take a single photograph before moving on to their next subject. When starting out, most of us have to cook and style our subjects which is very time consuming. Why not make the most out of all that hard work?
You have probably heard this before but it’s worth repeating here. “When is the best time to shoot a vertical?” “Right after the horizontal.”(Thank you Mr. Bryan Peterson!) That one simple concept when followed, can lead to many more amazing images in your portfolio yet so many photographers never remember to try it!
A simple change of camera orientation from vertical to horizontal yields two very different looking images.
Another very important concept to remember is to shoot your subject at more than one aperture. We constantly see every single one of a student’s assignment images shot at a single aperture. When asked if they tried shooting at any others, the majority say “no.” It only takes a few extra seconds to shoot at several more apertures and again, the results can have a huge impact on the final image.
The above three images were shot at (top to bottom) f/11, f/5.6, and f/2.8
And lastly, change your shooting angle! Again, it only takes a few seconds to raise or lower your camera and the resulting images can be dramatically different.
This is just a small sample of what Lara Ferroni and Ron Goldman will be teaching in their new class “Photography For Food Bloggers”
In this exciting new class, they will show you how to look at a dish from all angles to get the best shot and how to fine-tune your images so they really pop. You’ll learn how to think about color and texture in the props you choose, and how to layer elements to create visual interest and drama. You will also receive critical feedback each week on your images to help you understand what you are doing right and what could use a little more work.