All Food Photographers know that food is more than just something we eat on a day to day basis. The right photography can transform food into an extraordinary piece of art, which is why it makes sense for you to create outstanding, one of a kind pieces that you will enjoy looking at again and again. With that in mind, here are some of the major tips that professional Dubai food & beverage photographer, Murrindie Frew has kindly shared with us just for you.
1. Use an experienced food stylist
The reason behind this is because you want to tell a story related to the image. Most professional food photographers will tell you to use a food stylist. It’s not that your chef doesn’t know how to style… its that a stylist knows how to style for the camera. It’s no only the food itself but the surrounding environment of the food. This is standard procedure and will add immense value to your final images.
2. Find the best light to match your brand
Natural light or window light makes images a lot more vibrant and appealing. This is great in Dubai as the light can be very consistent. Sure, you can go with other lighting sources if you don’t have natural light. If you do, make sure you use large softbox’s that emulate natural light. Using strobe lighting can also be advantageous to keep consistency throughout the day where the window light will move. Lighting consistency is very important to keep harmony of your brand.
2. Always use a tripod
Using a tripod will give you consistency in the composition throughout the different dishes of the day. Furthermore, since the photographer may need to open up the aperture to get depth of field… there won’t me issues like motion blur.
3. Try different angles
You will notice that most professional food photographers tend to use different angles for the same picture. But actually, changing the angle of the light is equally important. Depending on your desired result, sandwich lighting (pardon the pun) is usually a very successful lighting setup for food where one or two large soft boxes are placed left and right of the subject. Moving these around and experimenting to see what best matches the subject.
That’s because you get to have a lot more detail and quality, and the overall experience that you get is nothing short of spectacular. Trying out different angles works great for Food Photographers too, and it’s visually impressive.
4. Don’t expect too many photos
In a days shoot, you should expect to shoot no more than 8 to 10 styled images. It takes time to create great compositions. This may vary but you should believe in quality over quantity.
5. Choose between high-key or low-key
It’s always a good idea to give your food photographers good brief so they can bring the right props and equipment. Choosing between low-key or high-key is a good start. Below are a couple of images that show the difference between high-key and low-key, this can help when determining your brands image style.
High-key is bright
Low-key is darker
Every detail matters for professional photographers and they should to you too. They want to capture as much detail as possible, all while offering a natural and exciting feel to the picture. While it might take a little bit of time to get used to a photo like this, it will be inspiring to do it, and the results are always awe-inspiring. Don’t hesitate and try using these tips if you want to get the best photo experience on the market. You will be impressed with how much these tips can help all Food Photographers!
To see more of Murrindie’s work visit her profile on PhotographersOnline/Murrindie