vendredi 23 août 2013

Food Photography: Beyond What The Eyes Can See

By Eliz Klaass

Whether you are taking photographs of culinary items for your blog or you're doing it for a living, performing food photography is an art that requires an individual's creativity and artistic talent. The way you photograph food will have a big influence on your reputation as a food photographer, therefore it is important to be aware of a few tips and techniques that will help you shoot better pictures.

As with the different areas of photography, having a good light source is important in coming up with great pictures and food photography is no exception. Whenever you are taking photos of food, the general rule is to stay away from shadows and highlights. Harsh lights can ruin your photos and this can be avoided by using diffusers, umbrellas, or softboxes.

Another important thing you should remember when doing food photography is to use a shallow depth of field. This means using a bigger aperture so that your main subject will be in sharp focus and everything else will be blurred. To ensure that you take sharp photos, it is highly recommended that you use a tripod in tandem with a remote shutter release to eliminate the chances of camera blur.

If you want to become better at food photography, you're going to have to learn how to experiment in using different angles in taking photos. Don't let your photos be boring - try to deviate from the habit of shooting down on your subjects and instead going at table or plate level in order to come up with a completely different emphasis, detail, and dimension.

It is also recommended that you properly choose the correct white balance setting in your camera depending on the lighting conditions you are faced with. Different light conditions will require a different white balance setting in order to ensure a correct color cast. Food photography enthusiasts will often recommend that you shoot in RAW mode so you don't have to bother about setting white balance since you'll be able to change it during post processing.

If you think you have what it takes to start a business or career in food photography, you should also think about buying the best lenses and accessories that you can afford. Although photography in general is much about using your creativity and imagination, having high quality equipment can help you produce better photos every time.

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