Sue has over 30 years experience working in the Food Photography industry and has a long and impressive list of clients, including McDonalds, McCain, Tetley Tea, Fox’s biscuits and Krispy Kreme.
Sue’s careful use of light to emphasise texture is wonderful. She often uses strong and directional light to create shadows and show off the textures in each dish.
That is exactly why a great food photographer can distinguish himself from the rest, it makes you so hungry you would eat anything he/she photographs.
So our task for you is to set up a photograph of your favourite food item or meal and emphasise those wonderful textures present. We all know that for a perfect presentation of your dish you should have someone to cook it and style it at its best, but we also know that simplicity is the key to create amazing artwork as long as you have a clear idea in mind.
GUIDELINES FOR GREAT TEXTURE:
- Pick an item of food or dish that you love.
- Using strong directional light from one source (a window is great for this but you can also use a strobe or continuous light source.)
- Start placing your lighting coming from one side, 180 degree angle from the right or from the left when you look at your subject TOP DOWN. (Move the light around if you can or move your Food Item/Dish and observe how it affects the subject.)
- Add a Reflector (Can be anything white), or an absorber (This can be anything Black/Grey) and playing with the distance and size you can emphasize more or less the shadows.
- Spot Meter on your Highlights (The brightest part of the scene).
- Make different Exposures & Compositions by moving around the subject. Adjusting your lighting and Vantage point.
- Experiment with shadows and REMEMBER…Shadows create the texture in our images.
- For Every Step of the Process it is recommend you take a shots as a reference for later study.
- (What Works & Why? – What doesn’t Work & Why?) This are the most important questions to ask yourself whenever you shoot a Project/Assignment.
- To get accurate light readings for the brightest part of your picture, you can use your camera’s spot metering mode to start and experiment with the others (Matrix/Evaluative), found in ‘Metering Modes’ on most cameras.
You don’t need expensive equipment to shoot a good photograph or make your food look appetising, just take a look at our Pinterest board and get inspired by some great ideas.
Your goal is to make that food look appetizing and YUMMY!
Click with Passion and Enjoy it!
You can submit your photos here (A maximum 6 images per person.)