I get asked all the time what is my favorite thing to photograph. I always stumble with this question, I love doing portraits, interiors, exteriors, and food the most. I shot food a while ago, (Its another post here) this shoot went wayyy better. I didn’t use a flash and I didn’t set up some ridiculous lighting apparatus thing. I’ll tell you one thing though… This shoot alone swayed me to want to shoot food all the time. My eyes are open to food styling and what surface they are on, what is around them and what you need to make it look authentic.
All the time a photographer I work with asks me “What do you need to tell this story”
I’m looking at a freaking plate of sushi, what story am I trying to tell? Well…
Maybe its not a story at all, maybe I’m trying to entice someone to go to a restaurant, or maybe make them want sushi. (that only being an example)
My job as a commercial photographer is to showcase the product and make it look as appealing as possible. Make whatever activity look fun, or service look totally professional. When everyone on set works together to make the shoot easy, it makes everything run smoothly, and you get exceptional photographs.
We sandwiched the food between a white foam board and bounced light from an open door with a diffuser keeping it open. no flash, no BS.
I’m forever sold on natural light photography.
I hope this post helps you out, and may you have a photo worthy week.
“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity. –Louise Fresco