Lately, I have been dabbling in food photography. I have to admit that I love it. I'm not the greatest cook, but I'm learning and when I get a good looking dish, I photograph it. I even started a food photo blog to document it.
One thing I found is that you have to treat your food subjects just like you do your people subjects. Natural lighting works best, especially if you want to submit your photo to the big food sites, like foodgawker and tastespotting. I'm not a big fan of them since I think that their judging is based on whether they had their coffee that morning, or if their dog crapped on their ipad.
Seriously, I've seen bad photos posted, and I've had way better (I'm not just saying) photos get denied.
Ok, enough of that. On to taking great food photos. Of course, when I get inspired to take on a challenge, I jump on the Internet. Everything I know in life, I've taught myself from the Internet. Ok, not really, but I do my research. Upon searching, I found great resources to help me embark on this food photography journey.
My favorite right now is a very helpful food photography ezine series, Photographing Food., by Taylor Mathis. Taylor is a food and lifestyle photographer based in Charlotte, NC.
Right now, he has four issues:
Color and Camera
Shooting at Night
Ingredient and Process Shots
Here is the best part-they are only $5 an issue!! You can't beat that. I have not seen that price for a photography book anywhere.
My favorite is...well..I love all of them, sorry! Each issue had something that I wanted to learn about, or had a solution to a problem I had. I'm a very visual learner, so I was glad to see all the images that show step-by-step how to accomplish the look you want.
If you are looking to dabble in photographing food., yourself, I think you should invest in these magazines and remember, I don't recommend what I wouldn't use myself.
Order Photographing Food today,