For those of you who enjoyed last week's overview of food photography and styling and want to improve your skills in those areas, I have a little challenge. As you scroll through the photos below, pick one favorite (or more if you want) to "read," and share your analysis in the comments section below. I highly recommend this guide to "reading" food photos, but in short, to read a photograph means to identify the visual elements used by the photographer that make the image successful (or not). Some good questions to start asking yourself are:
- What is the main subject of the photo and how is that being communicated?
- What is the story/mood of the photo and what elements support that?
- What direction is the light coming from? Is it hard or soft (diffused)? (Hint: observe the shadows to help answer this)
- What camera angle is being used and what effect does this create?
- What colors are found in the photo and what feeling do they produce?
- How are shapes, textures, and space being used?
- Where are the focal points in the photo and how are your eyes encouraged to move among them?
Figs on a Platter from Dolce Vita
Phew -- OK that's it...I'm done and now it's your turn! Please don't feel like you have to make your analysis as detailed as mine. I just wanted to give an example of all the information that is there for you to learn from if you pay close attention. I hope you find this useful, as I'm planning to make it just one of many follow-ups to my main post on food photography and styling. Happy "Reading"!
Lemon Bars from The Cookie Shop
Cucumber Caipiranhas from Cookie+Kate
Fresh Apricot Galette with Blueberries and White Chocolate Sauce from Csokiparány
Berry Linzer Tart Photograph Styled by Carla Gonzalez-Hart
Wild Mushroom Photograph from Photo-copy Ann
Steaming Tea Photograph from Hungry Ghost
Mini Strawberry Buckwheat Cakes from Lemonpi
Radish Green and Artichoke Pasta from Cooking Books