If you’re planning to start a career as a food photographer, you’ve taken an awesome decision. Food photography is one of the most exciting types of photography just as photographing Lady Gaga or Leonardo DiCaprio. But it’s equally challenging as well so as to maintain your excitement. Plus, there are so many aspects that you can keep learning and enrich your experiences.
As such, every type of photography teaches you a lot when you work on it. Food photography is no exception. Every food photography project brings you something new and thus you have a very little chance to get bored.
If you want to be fully prepared before entering this amazing career, here are a few useful tips for you shared by London’s leading food photographer, Sid Ali, who is famous for his extensive technical knowledge and attention to details that result in stunning food images.
Be Careful with Colours
When you start with your work, it’s natural for you to love adding props to your photographs. A mistake beginners are likely to do here is to get colourful props in every photograph. Well, that’s not bad. But if you aren’t careful enough, those vibrant colours can easily outshine your main subject – food! They will attract all the attention of viewers. How can you avoid this?
Of course, you can achieve it with practice. Try to select neutral tones for your props so that your food will really pop up with them on the background. E.g. you can choose a black metal tray or off-white baking paper, and place a glass of bright red juice on it to grab all the attention.
Like in all other types of photography, in food photography too, light is king. If you carry a few tools that can help you control it, it can take your food photography to the next level. On the other hand, poor light control will ruin all your efforts and turn off the interest of your viewers at once.
To get the most out of light, you can place a diffusor between your table and the window. A diffusor or even a thin white cloth can greatly enhance the quality of light while working with direct sunlight. It will soften the dark, hard shadows and bright highlights that direct sunlight can cause.
Another simple tool is a black card to modify the light. Sometimes the natural light can brighten up background so much that it can easily distract your viewers’ attention from food towards that background. Here you can use black cards to block light from falling on areas that compete with your subject. Black cards are also useful for creating darker, understated type of photographs.
There’s no doubt that the job of a food photographer is going to fascinate you a lot and you’ll be extremely enjoying it. These tips will help you. All the best!