Food is something that looks easy enough to photograph – it doesn’t talk back, usually doesn’t move, and looks delicious in real life – but the reality is food photography presents many challenges. This being my first “official” go at it, I focused my efforts on only two of those challenges: angle and lighting.
I recently took an intro photography class and remember the instructor advising to use back-lit natural light when at all possible with food photography. So I staged a table in front of my sliding glass doors when the afternoon sun came pouring in. Also, a DPS post guided me to avoid shooting down at the food, and instead aim the lens at plate level or slightly above.
I like the natural glow of the lemon, but I wasn’t sold on it. So for comparisons sake, I brought my self-made light box into the equation.
Definitely more yellow in color.
But I prefer the depth that the natural light photos provide. If I was looking for inspiration to cook with a lemon, the first few photos are more appealing. Still, it was fun staging inside the light box.
If you’d like to see some examples of good, delectable, mouth-watering food photography, head over and visit my buddy Michelle of Brown Eyed Baker. I usually read her posts with my morning tea and wish her sweets would magically pop off of the screen into my mouth .. now wouldn’t that be a breakthrough in digital photography?!