Research project – Food Research – Food photography – Household Items

Here i found an article “Ten household items that can improve your food photography”

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From the food photography photos I particularly love, they are very natural and rustic. The colours are neutral or pale, and involves a lot of different textures. Wooden textures, scrumbled paper, soft materials, bright citric colours.

I believe you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to take great food photos. This article has really helped me understand some great tips!

1. Non Stick Cooking Spray

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Nonstick cooking spray is a great way of reliving up dishes. Whether it be pasta, meat, lasagna, cheesy foods and salads. Just one careful spray that restores that glowy sheen and allows the food to catch the light a little better.

2. White Flour Sack Towels

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Plain white flour sacks are great to use as a background textile in food photos, however, this example shows just how powerful the little white piece of cloth can be. Both of the photos had the EXACT same camera settings (SS 60, f/2.8 ISO 250) and none were edited. The white cloth really does make a difference for not only the composition, but even more so for the colours. If nothing else, having a white towel in your photo gives you a definite white point that you can use to accurately set your white balance in editing.


3. Scratched, stained cookie sheets

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That cookie tray is a treasured background for shooting food, and it doesn’t have to be just for cookie photos.


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Parchment paper gives a beautiful texture. it is transparent enough to tease you with the texture and colour of whatever is behind it whilst still keeping the background of your food photos mostly clean and white.


5. White printer paper


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White printer paper is a powerful little reflector on the cheap. You can fold it, move it, and angle it however you want to get just the right spot of light under the plate or over the food.


6. Cardboard shoe box

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Cardboard boxes can make for a quick and easy background when you have something awkward behind the food that’s making its way into the photo. Just cut the little flaps off the top and place the box with the open side up. Arrange your shot so that it leads naturally from your surface into the background space AND fold a white piece of paper over the edge of the box if you want to make a really pretty all-white background. I’d suggest putting a piece of paper under the food so that it matches background exactly.


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