February 07, 2012
Tutorial Tuesday
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! Branson of My Reflection of Something and I will be bringing you a new challenge every week, to stretch your shooting and editing skills. This week, we thought we would work on our foodtography! For many photographers, myself included, photographing food is quite a challenge. There are some great sites out there full of tips and tricks, though. 

For this week’s photos, Branson started at this pin on pinterest, which led her to a post on the website Culinary Travels. This post is packed full of information to get you started in food photography. It covers styling, gear and lighting. Be sure to check out Branson’s post to see what she accomplished with her light box from Week 1.

Me on the other hand…I have not yet taken a fresh photo (yet), but I have photographed food before. So, I went into my archives to pull a few photos that met some of the criteria Branson is speaking of in her post.
Food Mosaic In my examples above, 9 times out of 10, I was using my white dining room table as a backdrop (long before I ever created a light box). Granted, you’ll notice that I also tend to add texture to mix up my backgrounds. In most cases, I was also using natural light. According to one of Pioneer Woman’s food photography blog posts (click HERE), she says that food looks best in natural lighting. From that post, I also gathered the following:
  1. If possible, photograph food using natural light – side lighting looks especially nice. 
  2. Food also photographs most beautifully on white plates (or white backdrops in general).
  3. Avoid too much bokeh. Yes, we all love to shoot wide open (at least I do), but try for something like f/4.0. 
  4. Fill the frame – food looks much more delicious if it’s all in view. However, I also like to keep things in context (ex. pouring, a hand grabbing a piece of pizza, a spoon amongst a bowl of berries, etc.)
I know it’s not my turn to be tutorialing (is that even a word?), but I encourage you (speaking to myself since I need a new photo) to get out there and be creative with your food. This is the first time in a long time you’ll be told to “play with your food,” so enjoy it! In the meantime, I’ll take/post a new food photo this week.

Here’s some other great posts to read for food photography tips:
8. Book - Ashley Sisk

 Ready to join in the fun? Here’s how to do it:
2. Choose your favorite shot (or more!) to share with us.
3. Don’t forget to grab the button for your post!
4. Link up between now and next Monday.
Tutorial Tuesday


    Very nice shots of food – must be time for breakfast! My little Sony Cybershot has a setting for “Food” – who knew? May have to try it out.

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    Certainly a lot of beauty in the archives. I love that dogwood blossom.

    Oh, I love those blackberries!

    Erika B

    what a REALLY fun project! and It could not be more perfect as I have another challenge for food photography! so yay! :D :D

    Great tips. I need to practice these. My food shots don’t always look appetizing.

    love your new blog design, its cute :D x

    Love all the food shots and the new header!

    These are lovely! Love the jellybeans and cupcake. I stink at food photography.

    These are great. I need to take some new food photographs. Mine kind of stink now so maybe these tutorials will help.

    Love the new header! And that cupcake in your one photo has me dealing with some serious sugar cravings now!

    Loving the new header Ashley!

    Thanks for the tutorial and idea! Something I haven’t yet photographed but I am for sure interested in trying.

    oh i just LOVE your new header!! and i am so loving all of these great food shots!!

    Your post makes me want to be a photographer!

    P.S.I noticed that you’re still following my blog, Footprints in the Sand, and I wanted to let you know that I’ve begun a new blog. My new blog is called College in a Coffee Cup (collegeinacoffeecup.blogspot.com) and I’d appreciate it if you would follow it instead of my other blog.

    Thanks a bunch!

    ~Elizabeth J.

    So cool. This is certainly on my list of to-do’s this year- get better at it. Maybe I can get it together & get a post on this up by next Monday. Fingers crossed-

    these look great and so yummy. Love this apple shot.

    i love food photography. your photos are all so pretty!

    Ashley, thank you and your blog partner so much for this meme. I loved it and the blogs you pointed us to.
    That green apple picture is so accomplished. It makes your eye travel before it lands where you want it to land.

    I love all of your food pictures and I like the textured background on some of them. I didn’t get to the tutorial yet but, everyone’s pictures look amazing!

    Such a yummy post.. Thanks for the tips…

    I love all your pretty food shots! I really wanted to participate in this one this week, but I haven’t had a chance to photograph any food yet either. But it’s definitely something I want to get better at!
    And I’m loving your little tiny belly! :)

    I’d rather eat the food than photograph it, but your tips here are worth reading!

    Thanks for the great tips! I really need help in this area ;) I love that last shot of the apple! Great work Ashley!!

    What great tips. I’ll have to check out those links…I love food photography :)

    Nice shots Ashley. The apple on the book is thinking outside the box. I have a few dinner recipes I want to share, but I have to manage to get the dinner done before it gets dark! Either that or wait until the summer when I will have plenty of evening light.

    Nice set! I totally missed this if I get time this weekend. I’ll shoot some food shots, its been a busy week.

    Great tutorial! I have never tried Food Photography and winter is a great time to get started. Thank you for the kick start – your photos are an inspiration!