The last three weeks have been painful: work all day, class/homework until the wee hours and the painful part…no time to blog! The chance to finally take a photography class was worth the sacrifice. I learned so much that will hopefully make me a better photographer. I even had the chance to take an AMAZING food photography workshop (online) with Penny de los Santos who does photography for Saveur and National Geographic. Here are some of the things I learned, both from Penny and the class:
- Photography is all about telling a story. I knew this in regards to photography in general, but I had never thought to apply it to food photography.
- On a similar note, I learned that food photography is not just about what’s on the plate. It’s about the story of a place where people connect and food is the entry point into the story. Working on telling that story better is going to be the biggest challenge for me.
- As important as telling the story is, making people want to eat the food in the picture is equally important. It has to look appetizing.
- Light is everything. Natural is best, though we did learn about artificial lighting. Last night we did a strobe shoot with models, which was a lot of fun…but I still enjoy food photography more (probably because I love food!).
- To make good photos even better change your angle (I need to shoot more from above), play with the lighting, show food in preparation and the meal in process.
- To become a better photographer you have to shoot a lot and look at others’ pictures a lot!
Tonight instead of a recipe, I’m sharing a video I made for class.