Though I’ve been blogging here for four years, I am brand new to the world of DSLR photography, and my interest in food and prop styling is growing fast. I like my food to look appetising and pretty. Since you can’t all join me at my dinner table, I want to capture the pleasure in my images.
There is so much to learn, and I found that attending a workshop to ignite my inspiration is definitely the best place to start this new journey.
A grey drizzly day gave the perfect light for photography and this, along with other lighting tips, simple food, and prop styling tips, lots of tips about composition and colour let us make the most of our iPhones and DSLRs. It was amazing to work with a group of such enthusiastic attendees, some of whom were already talented photographers.
Through the day we worked on three scenes. Olia demonstrated basic food styling, Jo and Šárka photography tips, then in groups we had a go. I’m pretty pleased with what our group came up with!
Breakfast: Left – by Olia, Jo & Šárka | Right – by my group
Produce and Salad: Produce from Natoora, styled by Olia, Jo & Šárka. Chopping board shot and food by my group.
A Lifestyle Cheese and Wine Shot: Styled by Olia, Jo and Šárka.
I can’t quite believe I took these photos!
Here are my five personal takeaways from the day;
- Choose beautiful food to photograph. Whatever your skill, the subject matter is of utmost importance.
- Find your own personal style in photography and food styling and let this show in your photos. My style is simple and fresh, because I believe it reflects my cooking style and nutritional ethos.
- Choose colours from a similar palette or that deeply contrast on the colour wheel.
- Natural lighting is everything. Bye-bye evening photography! Don’t like it, or not good enough? Don’t share it! Never apologize for a photograph. Just archive it or delete it.
- Everything is subjective, and individualised. Just like nutrition!
Would you add any tips to my list?
If you’d like to see how some of the other photographers from the group styled their photographs you can follow the hashtag #sjphotoworkshop on Instagram.
Jo and I are leading a small food blogging and phone photography workshop together at Made in Hackney this Saturday 13th June – Jo will be lending her expert photography tutoring, and I’ll lead blogging and recipe writing. We’ll be cooking up some healthful recipes, which we will then photograph and eat too! Register NOW – there are just a few spaces left.
See you there!
* disclaimer I attended the workshop free of charge as a volunteer assistant.0