It's Week #41: Food

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AnchorWeek 41: Food

Photo by: Zelda Marais-  Week 16: Food (2016)

“Does it look good enough to eat?”

This week at 52Frames we have a delicious challenge for you – food photography!
What is difficult about food photography is that we not only have to seduce the viewers visually but also have to convey taste and smell. And just how do you do that with a couple of flat 2-d pixels?

Just the way that we shoot anything else – by concentrating on the lighting, the angles, textures, composition and depth of field. Your subject cannot merely be a plate of food, but instead a still-life or even a work of art.

Once the album is live, we want the viewers’ mouths to water because we blasted them with one tasty image after another!

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • The lighting (as always) is really important. Natural, indirect light that does not create harsh shadows is very suitable for food photography.
  • The best food photos tell a story and the styling (the use of tablecloths, the background, the plates, cutlery, steam, people laughing in the background) all help to tell this story.
  • Other important elements of food photography are color, shooting from different angles and paying attention to your white balance. More info here, and here as well as 99 tips for food photography.
  • Pinterest and Instagram are stuffed ( 🙂 !) with glorious food photography. Have a look the food photographer @davidloftus, the cook @rachelkhooks and stylist @local_milk‘s feeds.
  • And here New York Times photographer Andrew Scrivani gives an hour-long instructional talk on food photography.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Food album of 2016, the “On my plate” album from 2014 and the “Tasty” album from 2012.
And of course, the Googles! Oh, you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: Advertisement without Words

For some extra photographic joo-joo sell us a meal, a restaurant or any other food-related subject but without the use of ANY words! Read this article for some background information about the commercial aspects of food photography.

Photo credit: Aaron Swift – Week 22: Advertisement (2015)

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this
Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting.
It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015