Here are lessons I learned during the recent food shoot I had. I divided it into photography and styling as I did a little bit of both. Hopefully it will give you an insight on how you should take on your first stint.
- Invest on the base and background. Make it apt for the theme and make it wide enough or tall enough for more versatile shooting.
- Have two different heights for your setup one for the 45-degree angle and another one for the top view shot. It just makes your life simpler. Unless you are planning to shoot only one angle.
- If you do not have a freestanding reflector or clamps to hold it in place, make sure you have an assistant to do it for you.
- Define where to focus for every shot you take or do all shots possible in one setup so you can choose.
- For beginners like me, double check for underexposed/overexposed shots especially if you are shooting something light (like rice or cream) or something dark (like chocolate or char-grilled meat).
- Play with color. Make use of colorful food items. If there is none, use spices, plates, props and others to enliven the picture.
- Use fresh vegetables and cut it the last minute to avoid discolorations and sogginess.
- Have a napkin/small dusting brush ready for wiping dishes for any displaced crumbs or sauce unless of course it is intentional.
- The food should be arranged depending on the orientation of the planned pictures. For example, an arrangement for a 45-degree shot will not necessarily look good from the top view.
- Stick to smaller portions, simpler arrangements and plain base and background if you are a beginner like me.
Please do check out the post before this for my top picks during the shoot!