Research Project – Food Research – Food Photography

With this project next year, where I will be making food, photographing it, & documenting it as I go along on a blog in the hope to finally sell products, I will have to start researching into food photography.

I know that food photography is going to be a massive part of the project. I wanted to focus on visual imagery in this project – I believe the best way to spread the word about a business or service is to document it visually, so the potential customer can see exactly the background of your food – where it’s from, how it’s made, what’s exactly in it, what it will look like when delivered.

I would want to document visually on a blog:

– The farmers markets in which I visit / The farms

– The raw materials I buy

– The making process

– Finished product

Here are some styles of photographs I LOVE, I do particularly love the rustic style

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I know that I will have to make a few different set ups, and there are a few things I will have to consider:

  1.  Lighting. Whenever possible, i should use natural lighting. However, when i am indoors wanting to photograph food, I should have a special light for this.

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As you can see, the lowel EGO digital imaging light is above, which makes a great improvement from the first photo. The special light is around £50, which I think is a good investment.

  1. A reflector

As an alternative from reflectors, I could just use polystyrene foam white boards. I will also have t switch off ALL the lights.

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  1. Use side or back light

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Here I found a diagram which shows the best angles for lighting food photography. Back lighting is a lot tricker than any other lighting style, but it has a bright, glowwy, magazine- like quality to photos.

  1. Use manual settings

Typically, the setting on the camera should be

ISO – 400

Shutter speed – 60

Aperture 3.2

  1.  Use a white object

I should use a white object as it will help me have a reference point when I’m adjusting my white balance later on. Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 14.46.15






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