Have you ever wondered what it takes to get a really good food photograph? I mean the kind that makes you hungry right away?! Well, wonder no more as you’re about to learn the secrets of the magic and styling behind the scenes of a food-photography shoot.
Today, I am delighted to feature the work of food photographer and blogger, Amy, from Cooking 1 Handed. Amy has kindly shared a couple of photographs with me that I think tell you a lot about the behind-the-scenes action that takes place on a food-photography shoot.
Amy has followed up this post with two great videos to show you more about her process; the first is The “Do”s and “Don’t”s of Food Photography where she walks us through some pictures on her computer, and How to Edit Your Photographs for FREE where she demonstrates some simple editing tricks using FREE software.
BEFORE WE BEGIN…
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Behind the scenes
The recipe is for No Bake Cookie Dough Tarts for Two and here you can see that Amy has arranged the shot with a couple of jars of flour in the background (a nod to the ingredients of the cake), as well as a lovely wooden spoon and some scattered chocolate chips. But the star of the shot is definitely that gorgeous tart, raised up on the white cake stand, and she has chosen a simple black cardboard backdrop to make that tart and white stand really “pop”.
Amy tells me that she styles all of her shots on the floor, using marble-look contact paper to suggest a marble countertop. This gives her a luxury look for a budget price – and it’s wipe-clean too! She likes to lie on the floor in front of the food to get a front-on shot and then sit on a chair up above to get a shot from the top, too.
And here are the finished photographs:
See how the background blurs away into the distance? Your eye is immediately drawn to the colour of the cake and the beautiful white cake stand (not to mention those chocolate chips!).
And in a landscape (horizontal) shot, you can see some of the jars that Amy used as props, just fading into the background.
Great job, Amy. Now, where are those cookie tarts?…
What great budget resources do you have for your photographs?