Hey Everyone! Hope y'all are doing great today. This week I want to talk about shooting something new. Something that isn't outside. Maybe something to shoot while the weather is bad. I'm talking about Food Photography. If you know me I love to eat so what better subject to shoot. I recently went to a workshop on food photography that my camera club was giving and it was the first in person workshop that I had been to sense Covid has invaded us. I had a ball! Now I thought it was just seeing everyone again (and it was) but I also had fun shooting the food. Those that know my story know that I have been shooting since I was a teenager starting in film. When I got my first digital camera I did a lot of photography at my house. Either in the backyard shooting my wife's flowers or in a home studio that I was starting to build. I did a lot of product photography and some food but nothing too fancy. Let me tell you about my studio.
My home studio is really just a table in a small spare bedroom that my daughter used to have until she moved out. Then I took it over as a office/laundry/gear/studio room. This room is too small to shoot portraits so its really just a table top studio. The table I use is a very sturdy table I found dumpster diving a long time ago. Yes I used to dumpster dive. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Anyway, This table is about 4X3 foot. Now most of the time this table just collects junk like any another table its a handy place to set stuff on. And it can get really junky. But it is the perfect platform to place things on for product or Food Photography. I have lights and modifiers that I have accumulated over the years. You can see about my lights and modifiers and how I use them in "My Lighting Setup" blog that I've previously written.
Now I'm no expert in Food Photography but I know you must have some sort of vision before you shoot. For example my wife bought some hot sauce that was named "Lola". My wife is from the Philippines and Lola is grandmother in her language. So my grandchildren , children , nieces and nephews all have started calling her Lola. So when I saw the hot sauce in the kitchen I immediately saw the photo that I wanted to shoot. The photo is in this blog. I wanted some Lumpia in the background. But the star was going to be the Lola hot sauce. Then I had to find props to have into the photo and a backdrop. I think a lot of the fun of shooting food is the set up. This was the hardest part for me. I used some old flooring for a table top and a DYI photo holder that my mother made for the backdrop. I look into investing in more backdrops in the future. Then its the things you place the food on or in. Dishes, cups, saucers, plates, and anything else you have in the photo. Vintage things seem to go well. I can see a lot of flea market, goodwill, and antique shopping in my future for Food Photography shoots.
Looks like I've found a new way to spark my creativity with photography. I'm looking forward to many hours of enjoyment from this new branch in my photography tree. I'll try to keep you updated in my progress. Get your camera out and shoot some food. And don't forget to get out and shoot.