Food photography tips, community, and information.

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Topics covered within this guide

  • Equipment 
    • What you actually need
    • Getting affordable equipment 
    • What studio setups are like 
    • Aerial/overhead shooting 

 

  • Lighting 
    • Natural light 
    • Artificial Light 
    • Affordable/DIY artificial light
    • Lighting setup 
    • Dark & moody photography

 

  • Manual Settings 
    • ISO 
    • Aperture 
    • Shutter Speed 
    • White Balance 

 

  • Composition 

 

  • Food styling 

 

  • Post-processing

 

  • iPhone photography 

 

Preface

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

 

Why I created this guide, the short version

Hey, it’s ‘rouk here, and (I’m guessing) I’m like you, because I am fairly new to food photography and styling.

After I became interested in food photography and styling, I started searching the internet for tips on how to actually jump in and do it. What lens do I need? How the hell do I work these manual settings? How the f*** does anyone figure all this stuff out!? I was overwhelmed by the amount of information available, but eventually found the answers to all of my questions, and didn’t want anyone else to go through the long process of finding them.

 

This e-book was a first step into providing a good set of food photography tips, but I envision Beyond The Eats becoming so much more. I’m hoping I can interview food photographers to get specific questions answered, continue to curate good tips, receive guest posts, and do whatever else I can to give people good information around food photography & styling, all while I learn and have fun with it too.

 

Why I created this, the longer version 

Is it just me, or is being new to food photography and styling confusing as f***?

Manual settings, composition, using light in a million different ways, getting the right equipment etc. Going from seeing these beautiful photos of food to actually trying to capture them is a leap to say the least.

 

I’m assuming you’ve either been there too, or are at that point now… Searching the internet for answers to certain questions, finding some very useful bloggers, and slowly finding the answers to your questions, although you still don’t feel like you know enough to pick up your camera and start shooting.

 

I used over 200 different advanced Google searches, I watched YouTube videos, I asked friends for tips, and I used different search engines to find popular content, and in the midst of this research two interesting things began to happen…

 

The first was that I started to think about other people who are new to food photography, and how long it would take them to find these useful tips. The second was that I started to appreciate all of the information around food photography that people put out there for FREE on their own blogs. As someone who runs a blog myself, it was easy for me to appreciate their hard work.  

 

That’s how the idea of a food photography section on Beyond The Eats came along. I had a problem that I thought I could help others avoid.

 

The next step was to create some type of asset that I could introduce myself to people with, and after some careful thought, I decided to start with this e-book for two reasons.

  1. To help anyone who’s new to food photography learn a large set of essential tips in a short amount of time.
  2. To highlight members of the food photography community who are providing great information.

 

I hope you can use this e-book to give you some clarity along your food photography journey, or that it just teaches you some stuff you didn’t know before.

 

I’m also open to collaboration in different forms for anyone who would like to share food photography tips, so do not hesitate to reach out!

Last but certainly not least, if you enjoy this guide please share it.

 

By now you’re probably wondering who I am

My name is Farouk (rhymes with Luke), but most of my friends and family call me ‘rouk for short. I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I am a digital marketing enthusiast.

 

After searching for interests outside of marketing, food is something that peaked my interest quickly, so naturally, I decided to use my knowledge of digital marketing to keep track of my journey around food on Beyond The Eats.

 

Last year, I didn’t know much about food besides how to eat what is on the plate in front of me. I started to study food, the cultures involved with it, and what it means to different people as what food is about gained a whole new meaning to me. I still have a whole lot to learn about food, and the thought of everything I’d like to know is intimidating at times, but luckily I have a strong interest, a lot of places to learn from, and a place to track it all along the way.

 

What is Beyond The Eats?

In December of 2015, I launched a website called BeyondTheEats.com, and my motto is  “sharing stories, experiences, & learning through food”. I started this blog as a place where my love for digital marketing, helping others learn, and food can all co-exist. I edit and shoot the videos that are on the ‘site, write content, and design all my graphics. At times it can feel overwhelming, but I enjoy everything that comes with it as well as the continuous learning process.  

 

What does “stories, experiences, and learning” mean?

 

Stories are the journeys of restaurant owners, chefs, farmers, & anyone else I can think of who works with food in an interesting way. This is where the idea for the site started. I felt that someone needed to capture more of these stories and share them with the world, so here’s my shot.

 

Experiences are food events, blind taste tests, and any other fun outings I can think of that have to do with food. This is the portion of my website where I just have fun, and honestly, this is a place where anything can happen.

 

Learning is simply learning about food in different ways. This includes but is definitely not limited to the the history of different foods, culture, & food photography. It took me a long time to arrange my ideas for this section, because I want it to be a place where you actually look forward to visiting to learn new things about food.

 

Other great food photography guides & resources

 

Before fully diving into this thing, I’ll mention some other cool food photography guides and people that cover a whole lot of topics.

 

No curated food photography post online would be complete without mentioning Rachel from Two Loves Studio. If you’re just getting started with food photography, her website is a GREAT place to start, get acquainted, and take a look around. I think her “99 food photography tips” post is a great place to start. I have personally spoken to Rachel, and she also spoke during my Food Photography Summit, So I wholeheartedly encourage you to head her way with questions about food photography. 

 

In this guide, you’ll find more than 60 tips from over 30 food photographers across the web, but there were two sources that were very helpful throughout the process. The first is Christina of FoodPhotographyBlog.com, and the second is Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen. Highly suggested!

 

Below are links to some larger all encompassing food photography guides.

 

  • This guide from Cookie & Kate covers tips for taking great food photos such as “minimizing clutter” & moving around to find the best light source. It also includes tips for troubleshooting, which cameras you can use for food photography, lenses, recommended software, & where to buy food props.

 

  • Taylor Takes a Taste also provides a series of food photography related articles that will help you start quickly. These essential articles cover topics such as “$5 fixes for your food photography” and “how to choose an aperture for your food photography”. But wait, there’s more. They also offer a FREE PDF file that contains 9 mini-lessons that will help you instantly improve your food photography! Enjoy.

 

  • As if I didn’t already love Serious Eats, they released this excellent article titled “The Serious Eats Guide to Food Photography”. Among many other topics, this guide covers lighting, composition, manual settings, post-processing, and even styling! This is a must read.

 

  • This guide from Sally of “Sally’s Baking Addiction” titled “Food photography basics” covers manual settings, equipment suggestions, and general tips. The article is clearly articulated and I assume that spent a lot of time putting it together.

 

  • Christina from FoodPhotographyBlog.com created this detailed e-book with over 30 food photography tips for bloggers. As aforementioned, she also has a lot of information on her website in general that will help to make shooting food photography much easier for you.

 

  • Charlotte from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen published this great piece that contains 15 general tips for new food photographers. Charlotte managed to pack in a lot of good information in a short time.

 

Section 1: Equipment

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This section will help you to find out what equipment you actually need, how much you should spend on it all, how to set it up, and walk you through a special shooting technique.

 

Essentials

 

What do you really need?  

 

  • Melissa from Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach blog created this list of 5 essential items for every food bloggers photography kit. In it, she lists 5 items that she feels are essential for food photographers to bring with them to every shoot. She assumes that everyone reading owns a camera, so her suggestions are mainly around accessories.

 

    • 1. Walk some distance when the parking is bad
    • 2. Fit into tight spaces around restaurant tables
    • 3. Produce good results with a variety of shots quickly

He also covers more specific topics like the camera, lighting, and tripod he uses, and even touches on some styling tips.

 

Affordable equipment

How to save money on some of the necessary equipment.

  • Dana & John from The Minimalist Baker wrote this post that includes different food photography setups for $500, $1,000, $2,000, & $3,000! So cool. Within it, they do a great job of looking out for everyone from the beginner who’s not sure what to buy, to the pro who’s looking to upgrade their equipment.

 

Lenses

I’m not sure about you, but it took me awhile fully understand lenses functionally. They vary in cost, quality, & many other factors, which makes it almost necessary to get information about them from the right sources. The resources below will help you navigate the world of lenses.

 

 

  • One of my favorite posts on lenses comes from Christina of Food Photography Blog. This article titled “what lens should you use to shoot food” goes into madd detail around the difference between different lenses, and also has great images that make it easy to follow the examples throughout.  

 

  • Shiran from Pretty.Simple.Sweet published an article titled “The Best Camera & Lenses For Food Photography”. In this article, she writes about the difference between zoom, prime and macro lenses, reviews a couple of DSLR cameras, and gives some general good advice for choosing lenses.

 

  • It’s not specifically focused on food photography throughout, but Tracy of The Things We’ll Make wrote this article titled “Choosing The Best Lens For Food & Still Life Photography”. This article includes topics such as choosing lenses, their prices, and investing in your food photography the right way rather than diving in head first.

 

  • Tiffany from Peanut Blossom blog writes about what she’s learned is the best lens for food photography over time. I love this post because it is written from her perspective of years of trial and error and I love learning from other people’s experiences.

 

Studio setup/Studio box

What does the set-up look like for a food photography shoot?

 

  • In this article, Ashley from Edible Perspective gives us a look into her food photography studio setup. After reading through this, the way food photos are shot made way more sense to me. She goes into detail about her equipment, her setup, and what she thinks you must have.

 

  • David from “I Bake He Shoots” created this useful 2 part article titled “How To Setup A Food Photography Studio”. in part 1, he mentions accessories like the table and surfaces you need, before going into more detail around equipment in part 2.

 

  • Kylie of “Yeah Imma Eat That” (how can you not love that name), published an article titled “My Food Photography Setup” that has a few items she’s gathered over the years, and explains what she has found works best for her.

 

Aerial/Overhead Shooting

After looking through 1,000’s of food photography images, it’s clear that the overhead shot is something you must be able to do, but how do you do it?

 

 

 

Section 2: Lighting

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LIGHTING. I’m pretty sure it deserves all caps. It seems that important because it is always highlighted as the main tip to shoot good food photography. I can  feel the whole food photography community screaming USE NATURAL LIGHT at me right now actually.

 

Generally, most articles you’ll read online say you should live and die by natural light. However, some people believe that artificial light can be as good if you do it the right way. Whatever your preference, you’ll learn plenty about both below, including how to set up artificial lights for cheap and how to get the perfect “dark and moody” shot.”  

 

Natural light

 

  • Mandi from Making Nice In The Midwest published a great article on the topic titled “Lighting Tips & Tricks For Bloggers & Photographers”. Mandi goes into full detail about her personal set-up, and gives different photos to show the differences between natural and artificial lighting.

 

Artificial light

 

Unfortunately, Natural light isn’t always available. In these cases when there isn’t any natural light, you need to “create” the illusion of natural light through using artificial lighting. There are different ways to produce artificial lighting across many different price points, and the resources below will help you gain some perspective around cost and quality.

 

  • In this article, Lindsay from Pinch Of Yum breaks down how to use artificial light to shoot your food photography, and the equipment you need. Within the article are plenty of pictures and an easy to follow narrative to help you along the way.

 

 

  • Stephanie from Eat. Drink. Love. published this great post that covers using white reflectors, artificial lighting, & foam boards to help improve your photography.

 

  • In this article, Trisha from Eat Your Beets covers “Tips For Shooting Low Light Food Photography”. Not only does Trisha clearly show what she means by using images to explain, but she also goes into detail around topics like how to embrace shadows and find the proper light source.

 

Affordable artificial lighting

Save some bucks on artificial lights.

 

 

Lighting setup

How to create an inexpensive light box.

 

 

 

 

Dark and moody

 

“Dark & Moody” photography has a darker background and feel, which can really bring out the vibrant colors in some foods. It seems to be gaining popularity and is something that seems like most food photographers should have some level of familiarity with.

 

 

  • In this first article titled “A Trend We Love: Dark Food Photography”, Stacey from YuppieChef.com dsicusses why she likes dark food photography, the impact it makes, and gives some tips on how to shoot it.

 

 

 

 

Section 3: Manual settings

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To get that exact look you’re aiming for in your food photography, you’ll have to use manual settings. Manual settings control a lot of different things, some being exposure, depth of field, and overall image quality. The tips below will help you transition into using these settings, and how to use them to achieve whatever look you’re aiming for.

 

ISO

 

How high quality can your image be?

 

 

 

Aperture

 

Those photos with the background blurred perfectly, how you do that?!

 

 

 

  • If you’re more into visual learning, this YouTube video gives a good overview of what aperture and focus are as more of a demonstration.

 

Shutter Speed

 

How does it effect your photos?

 

 

 

  • One specific thing that can be achieved by using shutter speed correctly is capturing steam from hot food. I’ve always thought this effect looked so cool, and wanted to know how people get that look right. Luckily, Ashley from Edible Perspective has us covered with this tutorial.

 

White Balance

 

Those pictures that are too yellow or too blue are just gross if we’re being honest. Luckily, those problems can be a thing of the past once you understand white balance.

 

 

 

 

 

Section 4: Composition

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Unfortunately, you can’t place your food in front of the camera and hope for the best. You should be strategic about where you place items when framing your food photography if you want to get a dope photo.

 

What is composition?

 

  • Ramya wrote this dope in depth article on Cucumbertown, and it’s pretty much everything you need to know about composition within one article. She writes about how to use colors to make food stand out, using white space, and she even shows the process of how she uses composition to transform an example image step by step.

 

 

  • Jennifer from Foodess gives 5 good tips for achieving good composition in food photography, including using negative space and using the rule of thirds. All 5 are tips that can be used to improve your food photography.  

 

  • Samantha from Samantha Seeley gives this list of 7 composition tips that include some great visual examples.

 

 

Section 5: Food Styling

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Food styling can be a complex topic. With all of the options available for props, combined with your own personal style, food styling can be difficult. Luckily, there are a few helpful resources that can help you begin to navigate the world of food styling.

 

  • Serious Eats released this article titled “Food Styling 101: Pro-tips To Step Up Your Game”. Within it, they not only explain what food styling is and the goal of food styling, but they also explain how to approach food styling overall. This is a good place to start.  

 

 

  • Alida from Simply Delicious Food gives us 10 great food styling tips, including embracing the elements of art, and choosing your desired mood.  

 

 

  • This guide from Christina of Food Photography blog gives a great explanation of exactly what props to look out for and where to buy them. She covers topics like where to get antique items, silverware, search terms to use to find props and more.

 

 

 

Section 6: Post processing

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After you shoot your  food photos, they need to be edited to really bring out the features of the photo and set the desired mood. While most photographers prefer Adobe Lightroom, I was able to  find tutorials for editing your food photos in both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Elements too.

 

  • In this post titled “How To Edit Photos In Photoshop”, Katerina from Diethood shares her personal process of how she edits photos using Photoshop. She mentions that this isn’t THE way to do it, but just her way.

 

  • Incase you’re looking for other options, Dara from Cookin’ Canuck blog not only shows you  how she edits photos using Adobe Elements, but also gives some general good tips around food photography in the process.  

 

 

 

Section 7: iPhone photography

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Do it for the ‘gram..

Many professional food photographers say that your iPhone is a great way to start shooting food photography. Whether you’re looking to capture food photos at home or while out at your favorite restaurant, this section has got you covered.

 

  • Shooting food with your iPhone could be its whole own e-book. In fact, Nicole from Seasonly Creations created a whole e-book on the topic that you can download here.  

 

  • Besides the full e-book mentioned above, here are 5 iPhone food photography tips by Diane from Balanced Bites. The majority of other information I found around using the iPhone for food photography was fairly similar.

 

Thank you for reading through this e-book, and I hope you learned a lot from it. I imagine this to be a small sample in comparison to the amount of information around food photography that I’ll have in the future, so stick with me!

 

I’m open to collaborating with people who would like to share food photography tips in different ways, so don’thesitate to reach out to me at BeyondTheEats.com via my contact page or @BeyondTheEats on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest.

 

If you found this useful please share it.

 

Happy shooting!

 

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Meet Julia Choi, a talented food stylist and creator of  (Give Me) Baby One More Bite .



 

I was scrolling through Instagram one day, looking through different hashtags related to food as most of us do when no one is looking. I wish I could remember which one I was looking through on this day specifically, but I guess that’s not important right now…

Anyway, I was scrolling through the ‘gram when I saw a STRIKING image. I stopped and thought “wow, WHAT IS THAT” because of how it stood out amongst the other images. I clicked on the Instagram name (@babyonemorebite) and continued to scroll through the account amazed at how striking all of the images were. They were all captivating, creative, and even immersive in a way. I couldn’t get enough.

I clicked the link in her bio’ to visit her website, I had to.

After landing on the website, I noticed even more beautiful images and an overall website layout that was warm and enticing, I was hooked. I went to Julia’s about page and began to read about her, after reading her short biography, I was interested in hearing so much more. I thought she was so talented that I couldn’t help but to reach out and at least have a conversation.

I made it clear how much I loved her work, how she provided me with inspiration and asked if we could meet to talk about a possible interview. I wanted to make sure the chemistry was right before actually attempting to capture her story.

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Pastry dreams 📷 by talented @5thphvse 🍩🍰🍮💕

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I can’t remember what month it was, but it was so fucking humid outside that I could barely take it. I walked through Union Square and arrived at the cafe that Julia and I agreed to meet at. After waiting about five minutes, Julia popped up with a very warm “Hi! Nice to meet you”.

We sat down, had some caffeine, and talked about how she ended up where she is today. She talked about how she was working in advertising years ago, but felt unfulfilled. She decided to enroll in culinary school in hopes of pursuing a new career in something that she was more passionate about and was so happy that she did. Another thing she said that I remember vividly, is that the photos up on her website weren’t even her best stuff (SAY WHAT?!).

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#pasta night 🍝

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After meeting Julia on that first day, I knew her vibes and story were both on point which are major keys for anyone that has anything to do with Beyond The Eats. I don’t care if it’s the most known person on the planet, I won’t work with anyone in any capacity who I’m not really feelin’, but that was FAR from the case with Julia. We set up a time to do the interview and went our separate ways.

Fast forward to the day of the interview, and honestly, I was wild hungover from having one (or two or three) too many bourbon drinks from the night before. I let Julia know that I was definitely on the first seat of the struggle bus, then she just laughed it off and assured me that it was no big deal. The only thing motivating me to move or do anything that day was knowing that I was going to capture Julia’s amazing story. I wanted people to hear it.

Julia quickly thought on her feet and decided to make pancakes for a shoot on the spot.

Important to note – I’ve made pancakes many times before, but Julia added a few ingredients and had some equipment that made the whole process seem like magic to me… don’t ask.

Anyway, she whipped up the pancakes wit’ the crazy wrist game and basically freestyled a food styling setup. It was kind of like watching a producer make a beat. She started off slowly, setting up her backdrop, getting all of the props she would like to use in place and things like that, but she quickly started getting into motion. Moving cloth from left to right, drizzling some chocolate here, placing some sprinkles there, I really respected the artistry of it all being put together.  

(below is a photo from the day of the shoot. You can see Julia setting up in the video)

Julia got a few good shots and was ready for me to ask her questions. I  tried to tailor the questions towards helping anyone who is new to food styling and wants some beginner tips on props, things to remember, and how to develop your eye as an artist. I think I did a good job of this, but if I didn’t, you can scream at me in the comments. 

I loved capturing this story because it was drastically different from any other story I’ve captured up to this point. Although I love to interview restaurant owners, this was the first of what will hopefully be many times that I was able to get the story of people who work with food in other ways. It was a lot of fun seeing it all come together. 

What did you think of the interview? Was it helpful? Did you gain any new perspectives? Let me know in the comments!

– Rouk

 

Dark and moody food photography is a specific style that has gained a lot of popularity within the past few years.

I am interested in this style because it really helps make the colors pop on some foods which allows the photo to give off much more personality/feeling. While some food photography shots are very light and focused on achieving an overall bright and warm feeling, these dark and moody shots use a darker backdrop to make the color really come out and switch the mood.

This was a highly searched topic within the realm of food photography, so I decided to provide 5 tips from people who know how to achieve the look perfectly.

Here are 5 tips that will help you get started with shooting dark and moody food photography.


Tip 1. Moody Food Photography: The How-To Guide via TylerClayMedia.com

Within this post titled Moody Food Photography: The How To Guide, Tyler goes through a quick explanation of how to shoot images that have a great dark and moody look. Tyler uses a very laid back tone and does a great job of covering the equipment that is needed to achieve the desired look. For example, I enjoyed when he mentioned what he feels is the most important piece of equipment needed to achieve the look…

 “For me I think best piece of equipment that I had was my backdrop. If you don’t have a good backdrop to offset your food then your picture won’t turn out as well as it could have.”

This is a great place to start while searching for how to get that perfect dark and moody shot.

Full postMoody Food Photography: The How to Guide


Tip 2. How To Guide: Create Dark Food Photography (With Just A Box) via TwoLovesStudio.Com

IMAGE VIA Two Loves Studio

       Image via Two Loves Studio

Rachel from Two Loves Studio created this informative how-to guide for creating dark food photography with just a box. Within her guide, she does an amazing job at showing how this shoot is set up. After reading through this, the way people achieve those great dark and moody shots made much more sense to me. 

Rachel describes the post:

“Ever wondered how food photographers create those really bold images of still life or dark food photography? The answer is so simple, you’ll be shooting away like a pro by the time you’ve read this post.” 

I like this post because Rachel is very specific about not only what you’ll need to achieve the shot, but also how you can approach it.

Full postHow to Guide: Create Dark Food Photography (With Just a Box)

Follow TwoLovesStudio on: TwitterInstagram, or Pinterest 

 


Tip 3. An overall look at Dark and Moody via Celebrate-creativity

Lisa from Celebrate-creativity published this article that covers the trend of dark and moody food photography. I enjoyed this article and decided to include it because it provides the perspective of one person and how they personally approach dark and moody food photography. It’s less of a “this is how you should do it” type of post. She even says,

“While I’ve admired the look for a long time, I’ve recently started experimenting with the dark and moody effect myself. Throughout this post, I’ll share a few of my first efforts with this technique starting with chocolate and other elements from my cake styling shoot.”

Lisa talks about how she has personally grown with shooting dark and moody, and also talks about how she’s learned to enhance this style by using some post-processing. This is a great chronicle of one person’s journey through trying to achieve the perfect “dark and moody” style.

Full post: Dark Food Photography

Follow Lisa on: PinterestInstagram, & Facebook

 


Tip 4. An overall look at Dark and Moody Food Photography via Vera at NicestThings.com

This very in-depth guide is a gift. Within it, not only does Vera discuss what “dark and moody” is in a clear way, but she also carefully explain how to achieve it by covering points like props, backgrounds, lighting, styling, equipment needed, and editing!

I enjoyed Vera’s description of what dark food photography is: 

 

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                         Image Via Nicest Things

“The photos are dark with atmospheric light accents on the food and exciting rustic textures. They come across as being honest, spontaneous and have a somewhat melancholy and shabby appeal, making you feel as though you’re sitting at an old oak table in the back room of an Italian trattoria having dinner with the padrone.”

This is another article that I believe would be a great starting point for anyone who’s trying to learn how to achieve this specific look.

Full postDark and Moody Food Photography via Tamron

Check out Vera’s personal blog: Nicest Things For Interior DYI

Follow Vera On: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, & Instagram 


Tip 5. Using artificial light to achieve the dark and moody look via MexicanandMeatless.com

Nancy from Mexican and Meatless (wow, I love that name) created a guide that covers how to use artificial lights to shoot food photography. Although it seemed like Nancy was attempting to simply show how artificial light can be used, she did it by showing an example that I believe would be considered “dark and moody”.

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                    Image via Mexican & Meatless

 

She has a diagram for how the setup looks, quickly mentions the equipment she uses and shows the difference between using silver, white, & gold reflectors, she also shows us what the different images look like before and after post-processing.

When she goes into the props that she uses portion of the article, she says 

“ From the beginning, I knew that if I started thinking about needing to buy a bunch of props and dishware, I would be wasting energy that I needed to direct on learning my camera and lighting first. As time went by, I began experimenting with a few props. I feel that it is the food that should be the center of attention and not the props, so I tend to not use many. What I do use are tablecloths, place mats/table mats, kitchen towels, small pieces of fabrics, flowers, plants, ribbons, and color paper.”

As someone who’s a beginner, I found that quote interesting because the thought of not worrying about getting all of the perfect props until later had not crossed my mind. Now I’m giving it some more careful thought!

Full postFood Photography: My Shooting Setup With Artificial Light

Follow Nancy On: TwitterPinterest,  Instagram, & Facebook


Tip 6. 5 Essentials for Shooting Dark Food Photography via Cheeky Kitchen

Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen created this video that is so easy to follow. If you learn through seeing people do things, this is for you! There’s something about the way she explains it that brought me comfort and made it seem like it would be easy to do. I don’t know Brooke, but I wish she could be a fly on the wall while I actually attempt this so she could laugh.

Anyway, Brooke covers the equipment you need and even the props you can use. I love how she mentions that it’s not really too important to get your props from a specific place. This put me at ease because many other food photographers say the exact opposite.

My favorite part of the video is when she says

“when you’re doing dark photography, you want to make sure you decide where you want your light source to come from because it becomes extremely obvious when you’re taking your pictures”

Full Post5 Essentials for Shooting Dark Food Photography

Follow Brooke On: TwitterPinterest, & Instagram  


Outro

Like “light and airy” food photography, dark and moody has its own place in the food photography realm. Whether the trend will continue upwards or go downward? Well, your guess is as good as mine.

Hopefully, I’ve provided you with enough information to feel like you can get started with capturing dark and moody food photography.

How do you feel about dark and moody food photography? Is it your favorite? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Comment below and let me know – ‘Rouk