(But with worse lighting)
After debating a bit, I figured it was time to come to terms with something that drives me absolutely crazy. I have had DREAMS about this, it bothers me so much. Food photography - the bane of my existence here on AR. Every day I log
onto Allrecipes and am immediately flooded and in awe of all the beautiful and delicious looking photos of food I come across. I admit, well over half of the time, a photo is why I cook a meal. I love checking out the ingredients and reviews but let's be honest
- if a photo is good enough, sometimes that's all I need (not to mention it's sometimes the first thing that catches your eye!)
So why does this bother me you ask? Two reasons:
1. I loooove photography. I love everything about it and the fact that something so simple can impact someone so much. For this particular subject of photography, I will also add I absolutely love food. I love looking at it, reading about it, cooking it and
most importantly - eating it! I'd like to say I'm not a half bad cook (most of the time.) It doesn't always look the greatest but it normally turns out pretty tasty.
Now, the second reason, which will add some context:
2. I am NOT a good photographer. No where even remotely close to one. I can take a photo of a person or a non-edible subject no problem. Those aren't too shabby. My food shots, however, can incite laughter before awe in almost any situation (mind you, with
food, there should be no laughing!)
I've had a camera in my hand since I was 7-8. Last November, I splurged and bought myself my own Christmas present - a Nikon D5200. I know I didn't need one of that size but after years of very cheap point and clicks (all of which wore slap out in a couple
years' time) I wanted something a little nicer. After getting it, taking a few shots and realizing hey, it's not a magic camera, the photographer has to get better too - I hopped online.
I work online for a living so I figured that would be my best bet vs. reading a book. Maybe I could focus a little better and actually get something done - no mindless browsing of cat photos all day for me now (don't lie, you look at all the funny cat photos
too.) I read tutorials, set up practice shoots, pulled out my 12+ year old art programs for editing and even sacrificed my toaster to the all mighty food photography deities (actually, it finally bit the dust but I digress.) After 4 months of playing around,
I'm actually delusional enough to tell myself I'm getting there (I can't be a pessimist ALL the time) but I still have a long way to go. Staging still scares me but at least my dishes don't glow anymore.
I've had tutorials and fellow friends tell me change your aperture, stage your photos to compliment the color scheme of your dish, use RAW shots for editing, buy a new lens, throw in a purple spotted monkey with polka dots (ok, maybe not that last one but sometimes
that's what it all sounds like to me!) This year, my *only* New Year's resolution I have is to learn how to decipher all those tips I have tucked away, learn how to better operate this blasted thing and get some decent shots out of it. After all these years,
that's all I want. Is that too much to ask?
So, in fashion with my older blog posts, if you took the time to read this far feel free to leave some input (I like discussion, so sue me.) If you are a food photographer (whether it be amateur, professional or somewhere in between), what is one tip you can
give to an aspiring food photographer (let's pretend I'm not referring to myself here)?
Look forward to hearing from you! I shall leave you with a before and after. 2009 vs. 2014. Try not to laugh too hard, I am trying!
2009 - Nothing better than white...on white. Reminds me of a white bunny during a snow storm
2009 - But...what is it?
2014 - One of my favorites, although the cheese makes me angry
2014 - Them berries and that shadow...