In this new collection Vegetable and Fruit Chips
you will find images of delicious vegetable and fruit chips made by myself and other DT photographers.
I have been reading several blogs on food photography to learn more about this field. One interesting blog from a professional food photographer providing tips and advices is the blog on food photography part 1 and part 2, you will find on www.foodportfolio.com/blog/food-photography/food_blog_photography1.html.
Here are some basic tips I would like to share with you to make the food look tasty illustrated with concrete examples from this collection.
Less is more
In some restaurants, for example like the French classical food 'Haute Cuisine' it is all about sophistication, elegance and a strong emphasis on presentation. On your plate they serve less. Often pieces of art, so beautiful decorated you hardly dare to touch it even. But once you taste the sublime flavors, you realize 'less is more'.
Less is more, not only applies to the taste but this principle is also the secret to create beautiful food images. A simple uncluttered and plain background is the best. Pay attention to a color contrast between the subject and background. White background is a safe and good choice.
The photo below shows how a simple white background is used to present the chips.
Choosing the background adds to the atmosphere of the image. I decided to choose for a simple and plain wooden background in the image below.
For food photography natural light in early morning or late afternoon is the best to present the food in a realistic and favorable way. For the images below I placed the apple, fresh vegetables and the chips near a sunny window using only natural light at the late afternoon.
Other tips are to make photographs outdoors, in the garden not directly in the sunlight but in the shadow.
The best is natural day light. Of course you can also choose for artificial light and using soft light boxes for example. Important is to make sure you create the right white balance. In general for food, warmer tones look better.
To create good images, you need to prevent a blurry focal point. Your focal point in the image has to be sharp. By using a tripod with remote control you prevent unwanted camera shake.
10 degrees of 45 degrees above table surface is good angle to photograph food as it makes the food look more three-dimensional. One trick for a nice image is to 'pull back' this will make the focal point 'pop out'.
Props and composition
'Sometimes less is more, sometimes less isn't enough'. Props (all elements in image except the plate and the food) are used to provide context to the food, they can help to create a scene. Props can be for example napkins, glasses, placemates, tablecloths, flowers, crockery or simple colorful objects. Props add color and shape and create lighting effect to the image. If you use props, make sure that you donnot use too many. The fun about food art is to try out all different kind of compositions. Raw fruit and vegetables are excellent models: they donot melt or move!
For this collection, I wanted to create images with a clear concept:
delicious tasty but healthy chips made out of fresh fruits and vegetables. I choosed for a composition including fresh fruits: apple, pineapple and fresh vegetables: carrots, green beans, beetroots, parsnip. In some images I added a knife as a prop to show the preparation process.
As the main subject of food photography is the food itself, the more selective focus on the food the better. The image below is great example of a composition where the photographer choosed to fill in the entire space with the food. (no negative space!)
Tricks to make it look more appetizing and tasteful
In the article 'dirty tricks of food photographers.' on www.pixiq.com/article/food-photo-tricks, you can read more about tricks food stylists use to make the food look more delicious and tasteful. One of these tricks involve the use of glycerin mixed with water to spray on the fruits and vegetables. You can also create nice water drops with this. I tried this trick and see the result;
It looks juicy and nice fresh. However the dirty tricks such as glycerin are not that handy if you wish to eat the fruits afterwards! Overall I prefer to enjoy the fruit and favor the natural looks.
If you have any images to add to this collection, please let me know. I would also love to hear about tricks others are using to make the food look tasteful and nice. In particularly tricks which still allows you to enjoy the food afterwards!