Food Photography- an untouched yet flourishing vocation. Here is a look into everything you need to know about it.
Have you ever been enthralled by a dish so much, that you had thoughts of not eating it, in order to disturb the presentation? Trust me, everybody goes through that phase. This brings us to the concept of the presentation and the visual beauty of the obviously delicious food. While many don’t pay attention to the visually exciting scene of the staging of the food, there are people who make careers out of it; careers, where they choose to freeze the minute of beauty and cherish it forever.
Food photographers are artists who can make your mouth water with a mere picture that doesn’t even let you sniff the fine smell of the food. Many people take the profession lightly. But little do they know that it is not easy to take a drool-worthy shot. A perfect picture of a certain dish would have involved 20 ‘not-perfect’ pictures that went deleted, the light reflected changed from its position 15 times and the photographer experimenting his flexibility in all directions. The effort behind the perfect shot is matchless.
But for those who wish to take up food photography, must first learn to take the job seriously. The second thing is the knowledge behind the good frames. There are several factors that contribute to a good picture. Certain things would be:
Setting: The setting of the dish is very important. If you cook the most delicious meal but present it in an undisciplined manner, say on a bad plate or on a table with a bad cover or even the meal scattered without proper arrangement can spoil the picture.
Garnishing: This is the icing on the cake. Unless you tie the final bow, the gift will not look pretty. So unless you garnish it and make it look presentable, the food won’t attract the crowd.
Lighting: Food, like any other subject, requires sufficient lighting. If the lighting is taken care of, then you can make a simple dish look like the one’s prepared for the Royal family. The size, shadow, and position could seem very different from the original item with good lighting.
Angles: It is a photographer’s job to know that it is not required to take pictures only from the top view to cover the entire dish. One must experiment and discover other angles that could enhance the looks of the dish and make it look like a masterpiece. The photographer has to be very careful as to not ruin the presentation in order to click from different angles.
Timing: The photographer must know that he should have to take pictures as soon as possible. To be more specific, he must take picture before the food loses its fresh look. Also he/she get brownies for effects. Say he takes a picture of the dish as soon as the lid is taken off and the smoke freshly evaporated. That would be perfection
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