Food photography shooting guide
The use of natural light is one of the secrets of food photography, shoot the light intensity and degree of hardness and softness should be combined together, try to avoid bright light shooting, otherwise, it is easy to the image. What time, use natural light shooting food is always good. During the day, you can choose in the sunny window to shoot, but at night, try to avoid using direct to food flashing light as light source, the light is not very natural, even if the flash, you should also use by means of the effect of the flash on the ceiling or wall reflection.
Some fruits and vegetables due to the irregular shape prone projection, greater use of scattered light when shooting, during the day shone through scattering soft curtains restaurants, food will become more attractive; rough texture of foods, such as whole wheat bread light should be soft but directional. Hypertrophy, oily food, lighting try using the laterality of the main light and auxiliary light personality; translucent food, jelly, beverages, shooting appropriate contour and back lighting is particularly critical use. If the hand is not the auxiliary lighting props, a slightly larger size white paper can also be used as a temporary use reflectors and lighting effects after use will definitely be more than you can imagine. If you want to fill light, LED lights on the phone is a good choice.
A simple background, contrast makes the color of the background and food, as much as possible not to use similar background with food color. For example, on the background of this red strawberries will make theme bright enough. In addition, the background is simple and clean. If you are not sure, then the white plate with restaurants serving time as a background. If use white plate as a background exposure compensation problem, need to be paid attention to in the restaurant dishes “weathered”, mostly around the scratch, make appropriate plate image can be hidden away these small flaws, also can make food appear more bright. Some restaurants serving now time to choose a black stone texture of the plate, this dark color plate can be used for food, also good effect. Making this dark color background food photography, appropriate to reduce some exposure compensation, try to part of the food and the tableware in the darkness, can only highlight a few highlights areas. In a nutshell, must assure enough clean and simple background. Both use high or low key technique processing is to make the background more concise, so as to highlight the main part of the food, leading the viewer’s eye.
Simplified composition, for food, the first taste is the eyes. So in the embodiment of visual perception, in addition to the color and texture, composition is also a key. To theme in clear, concise picture, try to make stereo feeling and space feeling, let the reader feel food is just around the corner. In time, more thinking from the composition of a picture, think about the visual focus images. What do you want to express? What are the main? What is the secondary? In addition we can also use the depth of the depth of field to blur the background and highlight the theme. In the flat, we can put food and dishes before and after, focus on the theme, with large aperture, shoot the blur effect. In the ways you can study more painting fuse, primary and secondary, contrast, balance, density, opening and closing, etc., apply these techniques will play a good effect in food photography, cooperate with the depth of field application, can easily express themes. A lot of friends in the pursuit of complete picture, but in the food photography deliberately cut off part of the frame is a commonly used gimmick. The “broken” skills can make the picture appear flexible, not let a person feel dull. Three points if you are a beginner, a simple method of composition and the center of the composition can also be used, but premise condition is very clean, simple background can appear otherwise images are in disarray.
Try to shooting with different angles, according to the characteristics of food should grasp, with reasonable food collocation, in order to avoid the dull.45 degree is the view common food photography, is the most common. Large dish exquisite tableware and food photography, such as Chinese meal, can adopt the relative vertical angle, bring a different visual effect. The strong sense of three-dimensional food, such as Western-style food, snacks and so on, is relatively flat angle, enlarge the aperture to blur the background, to further highlight the three-dimensional sense. If the low angle to capture images, adding environmental factors, to create a more comfortable visual effect, this kind of view is more suitable for a dessert like delicacy. Low angle view also applies to some buffet, such as sushi, cold like this kind of delicacy, delicacy generally set more beautiful, small deep low view can create a sense of refreshing. Of course, the above perspective of the tips does not apply to all food and subject matter, you also don’t scripted, your attempt is true.
The key is to highlight the theme of photography delicacy. Macro can provide a shallow depth of field effect photography needs. Delicacy closer together, to focus on the food itself, is not a necessary part of softening in the background, in the picture will have a strong sense of delicacy theme. For example, you can use a macro lens, presenting with large aperture with compact composition, great shallow depth of field, so as to get close to the results. When shooting a delicacy, all the closer the better. If there is no macro lens I just use your camera’s macro mode. So the frame with the food, let the audience feel can almost taste it. In addition to the above several advantages, close to shooting can show the delicacy food inherent texture and color, some bland in appearance of the food, the inner texture and color may be more attractive.
All kinds of food every day will appear in our daily life. We are with the most abundant food culture, hope everyone after watching this tip guide food photography level will be improved.