Welcome to the first edition of Marina on Marina on Food!
Today’s interview is the first in a series of posts exploring one of my absolute favorite trends- food photography. I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures on Facebook, through email, other blogs…taking photos of your food is HUGE right now. To dive a little bit deeper, I’m going to be conducting an interview with someone I consider an expert on the subject…myself!
Why do I photograph food?
For lots of reasons. First and foremost, it’s to show off what you’re eating. You know the quote “Show me what you eat, and I’ll tell you what you are?”
I love that quote!
Me too! The reason I love it so much is that what we eat in many ways shows who we are. When I photograph food, my first thoughts are- “Check out this amazing dish I ordered!” Or, “Look what I just made! I can’t believe it turned out so well!” Both of these statements are really personal in the sense that, the dishes that are photographed tell a lot about the photographer. Are they adventurous? Close to home? Do they like sharing, being social, or smaller plates that are meant for one? Are they a dessert eater, someone that enjoys the sweeter things in life? Make a note of how the food is plated as well – is there an architecture to it? Is it patterned, or expressive? Presented with soft curves or harsher angles?
What’s your favorite food to photograph?
Something very dynamic. Lots of textures, lots of colors. Food with really interesting shapes and sizes. Eggs and sandwiches are great, but finely crafted pasta dishes and sushi rolls make for much more interesting subjects. Someone (it could be the chef, it could be you!) took quite a bit of time to prepare what you’re photographing and make it beautiful, so shouldn’t it be remembered in the same way?
I think so!
That’s because you’re clever. Like me.
Ummm…back to the interview. Any tips for beginners photographing food?
Ditch the flash.
Seriously. It flattens your food. Makes it look much less interesting. Also, you should develop a style. And angles that you like shooting from. The goal is that someone should be able to tell that it’s your picture immediately. Come up with a routine so that it doesn’t take forever every time…do you really want your food to get cold? Finally, use apps that are perfect for photographing food, like Snapdish, Camera+, Instagram – that’s the biggest one. Also – I always like to take three pictures. One showing the people eating at the table, to give the food context. Two, I like to show just the food on the plate and a bit of the table around it. Three, I take a close up of some feature of the food that I find interesting. It might be how a fork sits delicately on the edge of the plate, or grill marks on a piece of asparagus. Just something that gives the food detail and character.
When you’re finished photographing your delicious confections, why not turn your photos into canvases, calendars, or photo books? Stay tuned for the next edition of Marina on Marina on Food!