This weeks Travel Tip comes from a pal of mine, Sarah, who lives in New York. She is a really cool designer and her work can be seen at the famous Amusement park Disney in the US of A. Without futher ado, here she is with her tips on Food Photography and Travel.
5 Tips on Food Photography
Have you ever had a moment where you’re eating something special and wish you could photograph your food a certain way? I admit it, I do! Anytime I travel to a foreign city or a new restaurant I want to try out their very best foods. I want the food to be photographed as appetizing as it can be when I whip out my camera.
Food photography can be challenging but photography poses challenges in every scenario. I want the food photo to speak for itself and tell it’s story at the given location. A really good food photo makes you hungry again and makes you want to go back for more. It may take a little practice, but having some great traveling food photos and stories to share with your family & friends is great. So if you’re looking for tips on how to take better food photos when you travel check out these 5 quick tips.
Natural light is a great tip to beautiful food photography. Try to take advantage of the natural light by having your meal near the window or outside seating if possible. Try avoid flash and use as much as natural light if you can. Flash photos usually flattens the food photo out.
To me experimentation increases my chance of getting the quality I want. So make the most of the shots before you take your first bites. Try portrait and landscape when shooting, jazz up the viewfinder a little bit. It may create different kinds of croppings and angles. Don’t be shy to take the shots. Sometimes the best shot is the one you don’t expect.
3– Depth of Field
Shallow depth of field is great when it comes to food photography. It separates the food against the background. This allows you to focus on the food itself more. If you’re using an SLR camera, I would recommend a 50mm f1.8 for food. It’s fast and more zoomed in.
Always pay attention to small details. Sometime these small details are essential to tell the story at the given location or place. It can be a small fork or special plate that that remind you of a city or a town. Perhaps capturing a bit of the interior of a restaurant conveys the intimacy and warmth that you experienced. It does make a big difference when it comes to traveling abroad. The details can reflect where you have been. It’s like a visual record for your travel memories.
Composition is one of the main keys of great food photography. It needs perspective or texture or maybe even a background to enhance a photograph. Sometimes, the complete opposite is best – nothing but the subject matter in sight. Take for example this simple plated dessert. It commands your attention immediately!
About this week’s Guestwriter:
Sarah Wu is an interactive designer & art director based in New York. She draws on her diverse experience to design and develop interactive campaigns and branded online experiences that are both innovative and technology-driven.
Currently working full-time as a lead designer in Disney, but she is actively pursuing freelance projects to breathe life into!
Follow Sarah on Twitter:@swgraphic
Check out Sarah’s website: SW Design and Art Direction