As a food and health blogger, getting good photos is a must. Taking great photos was always something I aspired to but never really excelled at, even after forking out more than £300 on a digital camera…
Deciding it was time to do something about it, I signed up for a food photography course, though I was skeptical of just how much you could possibly improve in just one day. I found myself taking part in the CNM London Food Photography Workshop, presented by Daniela Axely.
You could break down what we learnt in to three key areas:
It’s all in the settings
We learnt that the three main things you need to understand and get right with your camera are Shutter Speed, ISO and Aperture. I could not believe the difference getting the right balance of these three features made. By getting this right you can expect your photo quality to improve immediately.
Shine the right light
This was one area I felt I understood pretty well. I thought as long as you have light shining on the object you are photographing you are OK to start clicking away. I was wrong. Daniela explained that by having direct sunlight shining on the object you risk whitening out details and detracting from the quality of the photo. She showed us the beauty of having a light shine in from the side and how you can use diffusers and reflectors to get the best out of any lighting situation.
In the afternoon we were given lots of beautiful produce by As Nature Intended to style for six different shoots. These shoots ranged from salads to smoothies and bread toppers. We were shown just how big a difference props can make and also the importance of highlighting different colours and textures within a photo. For example, sprinkling seeds over soup or drizzling hemp oil on salad because of its deep green colouring.
On finishing the day I felt astonished by just how much I’d learnt and the difference it had made, almost instantly to my photos. The key thing I took away from the day was that you can make anything into a high quality photo if you have the right lighting, settings and equipment. I used to spend hours getting my food made to perfection and then just expecting it to photograph well as if by magic. While making genuinely appetising food is the foundation to a great photo, spending an extra 15-30 minutes on camera set-up and lighting can make the difference between a nice shot and an amazing one.
Here is an example of the difference this course made to my own skills.
Before the workshop
After the workshop
Here are some shots that were taken by some other attendees on the day:
Written by Eva Killeen, Nutritional Therapist and health & food blogger.