Another food photography post, as promised after the previous (Food Photography: Light), was long overdue. But a comment today triggered me to write one. Because while all the “great clicks” and “looks tempting” type of comments blinds your eyes, there comes a person who opens them, pushing you to do better.
With all due respect to the realistic commenter who gave her constructive criticism (about my photos not being as good as another blogger's), there are some things about comparing one blogger’s food photography with another, that as an amateur food photographer I’d like to share. I know it’s normal to compare, but there are several factors that make a difference. Props collection and creative vision, for starters.
First, prop collection: A photographer who has numerous cookware & serveware items in the kitchen over the years can have more variety in food photos than someone who just started a household. One who owns wood, napkins, antiques, and other props can have more variety in photos than someone who doesn't.
Second, creative vision: Color combinations, prop placement, composition, food styling, shot angles, and post-processing creativity – one has it, one doesn’t, or one gradually learns to have it. I will too, soon.
So, that is why I say it's not fair to compare. And now, for beginners like me – let me share some behind-the-scene pictures of food I have clicked using some minimal and makeshift props with stuff I have at home. There are people like me who just started to build up our collection, but do not want to splurge unnecessarily on props. And so many of them can take advantage of the things available at home! These examples are only to give you a basic idea. I'm sure you can use them more creatively.
|Using white poster board as reflector, supported by carton. The blue flower is made with paper. The napkin is a dress.|
|Using dupatta (long scarf) as background. You can even use sari. I have used salwar suits, kurtis, and t-shirts as tablecloth/backdrop as well.|
|Using paper folder. I've even painted some A4 sheets with different colors.|
|Guess what the backdrop is?|
|Using poster board. Was not bought specially for photos. My hubby had written "Welcome Home" on it when I came to US. I'm using the back of poster for this purpose! Edited picture to erase label later.|
|Figure out where these were used in the pictures above!|
I have learned that while some people will continue to praise your photography, some will continue to criticize. What's important is that you continue to get inspired by photographers you admire, and continue to learn. In reference to the aforementioned commenter, honestly, several times earlier I have wanted to give up, because I felt like I take ridiculous photos. But I forget that the learning hasn’t ended – it has just begun.
More Food Photography Posts:
Part 1: Light
Part 3: Small Changes, Small DifferencesPart 4: Behind-the-Scenes
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