How to Take Great Food Photos | Bay Area Food Photographer Tina Case
What is it about great food photography that makes us want to take a bite right off the screen or page? It's about the lighting, the right angle and, of course, a great photographer! Sure we see lots of our friends posting photos of what they are about to eat (or in the process of eating) on Facebook and Instagram with a zillion #foodie hashtags. Many of those photos are great. What separates out the great food photos from the so-so food photos?
As a photographer the "feedback" - pun intended - I receive from clients when I take food photos is that the image instantly makes their mouth water and want to taste, smell, touch and of course, eat the food in front of them.
I first started taking food photos for a client who owned a farm fresh-to-table business. She had amazing fresh vegetables and fruits to photograph. I started pouring over various websites about food photography to learn more about how to take great food photos. One of my favorite food photography sites is Miki Duisterhof. Check out her website and galleries for amazing food examples.
Then I just start shooting - all of the food in front of me. My friend's food, my family's food - any food I could get my hands on. What began as a project has become a great way to build my portfolio and clientele base. My first food contact lead to on-going regular work with a number of restaurants, diners, food trucks and food businesses including Dishcrawl, the amazing brainchild of founder Tracy Lee. Tracy's entrepreneurial spirit has spawned hundred's of Dishcrawls around the country - and beyond.
Here are a few techniques to build a great food portfolio:
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