10 Suggestions on Food and Wine Shooting
- Nov 19, 2019
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After graduation from IAN WONG University, he worked as a photographer in a gourmet magazine. This article is a summary of some suggestions on shooting gourmet food and wine in his practical work.
Many years ago, after I left the University campus, I worked for my first job in a Beijing food magazine. However, since we don't have a dedicated photographer to cover and shoot, I have to be in danger, occasionally guest cameraman. Usually, I finish shooting as early as possible so that I can eat the food before it gets cold. Extreme measures are needed in times of crisis. My boss needs photos, and I need free food. Here are some tips for shooting Gourmet Food & amp; wine, which I summarized from my practical work.
1. Background tone should complement the main body.
The picture above is my first gourmet photography. I went to a bar and the bartender made four cocktails, so I used them as my subjects. The background tone of my photo is cold (and there is a white stripe outside the focal point). This background selection can highlight the cocktail and firmly attract the audience's attention.
2. Understanding how to handle it simply
When plates and food are not very fancy and complex, we need to consider how to make the subject more prominent so that they do not mix with the background. In this case, I prefer to place food near the edge of the table. In this way, I can make the background more hierarchical. In addition, I will highlight the color of food by choosing a more simple and monotonous background.
3. Bring texture and lines into the picture
Photographing food on a wooden table is a very clever way. At this time, all the elements in the photos look simple and real. If the food you photograph is not as delicate as that made in a big restaurant, but handcrafted at home, the background of this old wood can add texture to the picture.
4. Utilizing the Advantages of Natural Contrast
Strong shadows make the background more interesting, while differences in color make whiskey more attractive. I hope there will be some sparkle in the highlights of whiskey so that people's eyes will be attracted by it.
5. Even ultra-wide-angle zoom can be useful.
I remember when I took this picture, I had to stand on the railing and shake to get a bigger angle, and I could only guess the general location of the view. But now, with the advent of LCD real-time viewing, things are no longer so complicated. Although the cost of using ultra-wide-angle lenses is that I have to correct the distortion later, without such lenses, it is very difficult to present the entire desktop.
6. Pay attention to every detail in the photo
This photo was taken because I wanted to show my homemade cocktail. I added elements related to this cocktail, including tea, to the background and made sure that their overall hue was reddish. Note: In this case, I need to increase the depth of field so that people can see clearly the materials I use.
7. Choose the Focus Position
When I took this picture, I used an f/3.5 aperture so that I could get a little more depth of field. By shooting the dish from a downward angle, the food in the picture is clearly presented, while the decorations are slightly falsified.
8. Consider the weather and seize the time
My favorite time to shoot is later in the afternoon, and it's better to have cloudy weather. Similar to portrait photography, soft white light is the best way to photograph food. A less clean window can act as a diffuse reflector, allowing light to spread evenly over the food surface, so if you're sitting by the window, move your table closer.
9. Make good use of your utensils
Food utensils can be interesting or dull. In this photo, I use the simplest white plate, and then let my colleagues hold it at an almost vertical angle, so that the outdoor light can be like a photographic lamp, illuminating the plate. It must be said that it is a miracle that the food did not fall down.
10. Think about the colour of the photo all the time
Chateau d'Yquem is one of the best wines in the world. Sometimes when the light conditions are not very good, I think it's a good idea to try to illuminate the wine bottle. On the one hand, it can make the wine more beautiful, on the other hand, it can better show the delicious dew that God has bestowed on it. Let them shine for a short time before I swallow them down.