Recently, I have taken some more pictures for my final multimedia project for my photo class. I tried taking some food photos that I would use in my project. The one shown above was the one that came out the best. I used a small depth of field to get the Flatbread to progressively become blurry. The biggest thing I struggled with was focusing on the right part of the Flatbread. There also wasn’t much lighting in the restaurant so I had to battle through that. I’m excited to go back to Buffalo Wild Wings tomorrow night and take more pictures! When I read about food photography I read about how there should be a light source from behind the food, which was something I didn’t have in the restaurant. Overall I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt of food photography despite the lack of lighting and difficulty with focusing.
I was trying to research good techniques for photographing in restaurants to help my multimedia project. There aren’t many helpful websites suggesting techniques for taking pictures in restaurants but what I did come across was food photography, food photography and MORE food photography. A little advice: For anyone wanting to look at food photography, I don’t suggest looking at it while you’re hungry! Anyways I did come across two websites that I thought were helpful.
The first website is “Food Photography Blog“. This website was actually very helpful to me. One major thing I learned from this blog was that the main light in food photography should come from behind the food. Backlighting can increase texture and rim light effects. I also learned small light sources are helpful as well as translucency. The blog also suggested taking food photography from somewhere between 10 degrees and 45 degrees above the table surface and also that the lower you go, the better the food looks.
The second website is “Taylor Takes a Taste..“. This blog gave advice on how to take pictures of food inside restaurants. She said to find and sit where the light is. She used an example of a cafe and the booths lined the windows which let in great window light. She suggested sitting in one of the booths because that’s where the most amount of light was and it has direction. She also talked about some necessary tools to have with you while photographing foods at all time. One example was two pieces of white foam board duct taped together. (That will provide the perfect amount of fill light.) She also talked about using a diffuser to counteract any color shifts from tungsten lighting.