Friday's Photo Tip - From a Different Angle
First - I must apologize for my lack of posting and missing last Friday's Photo tip.
Life has been quite busy with a few unexpecteds thrown in which demanded my attention.
I have got a very interesting post for this week.
I received a question from Martha, over at Stir, Laugh, Repeat. She asked:
"Do you have advice on taking pictures with a digital camera. I write cookbooks and some of my recipes are stored on my blogs. I like to take a picture of a new dish to add to the post but my pictures don't always give the dish justice. Any tips?"
She has a few blogs, and after looking through them (many of the recipes sound so good!),
I got quite excited - I can actually help!
My first and biggest piece of advice is to experiment with different angles.
It seems the most sensible thing to photograph the food from above with most of the plate included.
It is a pretty set-up with beautiful plates and placemats, but you want to showcase the food.
Try taking the cheesecake, pie, or cake from a side angle to show it's height and all the goodies it has inside.
And don't be afraid to get closer to the food. Macros (the close ups) will show some great textures - especially if it is a casserole or salad dish with many colorful ingredients.
It is amazing how moving yourself around the plate, higher, lower, eye level or angled will change the whole composition of the photo.
And don't forget the props - a knife with a pat of butter beside a muffin that has been cut in half and then photographed at eye level rather than from above.
And sometimes just the edge of the plate leading the eye into the food that takes up the rest of the photo works well too.
I can remember when I was in my first photo class. I was given a roll of 36 exposure film and was told to use the whole thing on a tree outside the school.
I was thinking, how can I possibly take 36 different photos of this tree. By the time I had finished, I could have easily filled another roll.
I don't have too many food photos, but here is a link to my gallery that contains some. Hopefully some of them will show you what I am talking about.
One more thing - don't forget the background. As you change your angle be sure to check what else you are including in the shot.
I like to prop up a white sheet then set the subject on and in front of it. Keeps everything clean and uncluttered, and it helps reflect the light onto my subject.
A digital camera allows you to experiment to your hearts content at a very low cost. Have fun exploring new angles and simply delete the photos that don't work, and try again!