Join Bill Robbins for an in-depth discussion in this video What makes an appetizing food photo?, part of Learning Food and Drink Photography.
In this movie we're going to ask and answer the question, what makes…an appetizing photo?…The simple answer to that question is that the image triggers an…emotional response.…This could be accomplished by several factors or a combination of factors.…As a photographer shooting food, the first thing is that the food is fresh.…It's hard to make brown, limpy lettuce look appetizing or a fillet of salmon…that's been overcooked look appealing. Using fresh food is a given.…
Next, we get to the aesthetic that the photographer brings to the table, so to speak.…This includes the sensibility of lighting, color palette, composition, mixed in…with a technical knowledge of how to use your camera gear.…Understanding how these elements work together is much like a bicycle chain.…The chain has links that hold the chain together.…If one of those links is missing, the chain does not work.…So in our analogy, the links represent different aspects of the image that…we're trying to create: the camera, the lens, the point of view, the lighting,…
- Understanding what makes a food photo appetizing
- Comparing emotional and graphic compositional styles
- Choosing the right camera
- Evaluating lens options
- Choosing light reflectors
- Finding creative backgrounds
- Creating specular and diffuse lighting setups
- Creating different looks for each dish
- Creating a chill effect for drinks
- Shooting on location at a restaurant
- Editing photos
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Two Flavors of Food Photography
2. Essential Gear
3. Lighting Techniques
4. Setting Up the Shot
5. Styling and Shooting Food
6. Staging and Shooting Drinks
7. Shooting at a Restaurant
8. Creative Shooting Techniques
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