Today, we have part one of a two-part post from creative photographer, Samantha Higgs.
Food photography. It’s an established myth that you can only get half-decent results if you have a full studio bedecked with the latest, greatest equipment. The truth, happily, is rather more encouraging, and I speak as a professional.
1. Lighting your shot
Whenever possible, daylight is the best option: use the light from a window or door to one side of the food. If this isn’t possible, try a desk lamp or anther small light, placed it to one side of the food. For this blog I used an old kids’ table lamp resting on its side.
How not to do it. Shooting straight down, using flash, with the fudge on a patterned plate. The angle and flash make the picture flat and uninteresting, the fudge isn’t arranged nicely and the pattern on the plate is distracting.
2. Keeping it crisp
To minimise the danger of camera shake and resultant blurring of your pictures, place the camera on a tripod, or if you don’t have one, on a solid, stable surface – the table you’ve set your shot up on or a small box sitting on it, for example.
Using a plain plate and arranging the fudge nicely helps, as does having the camera at a lower angle, but the camera flash is still bleaching parts of the picture out.
Come back next week for the final 3 tips.
[Note from Fairycakemother – the fudge is from Burnt Sugar. It’s their stem ginger fudge. Yummy!]