Food Photography

So, as you may have noticed, my food photography is not the greatest. But I’m trying to learn.

No, I didn’t take ^that photo. This guy did. But this is the type of photo I’m referring to, when I mention professional food photography. The use of light and shadows, with the contrasting colors on the cup and placemat; and the still-relevant-colors, yet understated plate that doesn’t distract from the deliciousness of the food.

Up until now, most of my shots were taken with whatever plate I pulled out of the cupboard. Fortunately this is Fiestaware more often than not. The Fiesta pieces just happen to be perfect for food photography – solid color, no busy pattern to distract from the food- yet bright colors to make the photo more attractive.

^ Pretty Fiesta bowl; unnatural light; uncentered, hap-hazard shot.

My main problem is light. Most of the time, I’m cooking in the evening after Jeff is home from work (how 1950’s of me). I know flash photography is bad, but it’s either that or blurry photos.  I don’t have a fancy DSLR camera (hopefully I’ll get one in about a month for my birthday!), either. But my HP Photosmart point-and-click sure tries!

Yesterday I discovered a fun new hobby. I was planning to go to the mall anyway, so I thought to myself… what if I pick up a few cheap dishes on clearance (no more than $1 or $2 each) to spice up some photos? I also looked for interesting linens on clearance, but didn’t have much luck other than a couple of colorful placemats at Target. I’m still on the lookout for some cute patterned napkins or any linens I could use as backgrounds. I plan to hit up Pier 1’s clearance section in the next couple of days, as well as Kohl’s and a local dollar store. This is so fun because it lets me have a use for items I find cute or whimsy but would otherwise be utterly worthless. Great, another addiction… lol. I mean hobby.