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
I know that I will have to make a few different set ups, and there are a few things I will have to consider:
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Use side or back light
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.
- Use manual settings
Typically, the setting on the camera should be
ISO – 400
Shutter speed – 60
- Use a white object