mercredi 3 avril 2013

Food Photographer: Getting Yourself Ready

By Louvenia Milelr

If you're thinking about becoming a food photographer, you should be aware that it will take more than just going on a shooting frenzy on food stuff. Food photography shares a common characteristic with every other branch of photography - your photos need to convey a message even in the absence of words or explanation to it. Professionals in this field are capable of earning good cash.

You're going to have to learn about the technical aspects of general photography before you move on to specialize as a food photographer. The best way you can do this is by enrolling in a formal training program in photography and earning a degree. There are plenty of photography courses being offered in vocational schools, community colleges, and in art schools as well.

You can expect to learn many important technical knowledge and skills during your photography training program, most of which will be very useful if you're planning to become a full-time food photographer. Some of the topics you will learn about are parts of the camera, exposure basics, proper composition, post processing, color management, and using strobes.

As a food photographer, among the key characteristics you must possess to become a real professional are creativity and a keen sense of imagination. You should be able to see things in a different perspective and think differently too. You can also sharpen your photography skills by attending photo-shoot sessions, working part-time as an assistant photographer, and joining camera clubs.

Once you have built a solid foundation in your understanding of photography in general, only then should you start specializing in specific areas such as food photography. As a food photographer, you're going to have to learn about the special lighting techniques, props, shooting techniques, styling, equipment, effects, and composition for taking photos of food.

There are many employment opportunities that await you as a food photographer - food magazines, cookbooks, food blogs, restaurants, catering businesses, advertising companies, and food manufacturing industries are just some examples. Keep in mind though that competition can be quite tough in this field so therefore it is important to have your own style of photography and make it stand out among the rest.

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