Grace of Grace(full) Plate has a nice post up today about food photography which dovetails nicely with what I’m thinking about.
Because I’m thinking about my own food photography, food styling, etc.
As you may or may not know, many moons ago, I was a film major in college. (I actually have a BA in the poetic-sounding field of Moving Image Arts.) And as such, I wanted to take cinematography, which was a very competitive course to get into. The instructor only taught it once a year, and he only accepted 14 students per class. He required that you write an essay on why you wanted to take the class, get a recommendation from another professor, and have photography 101 as a pre-requisite. Moving or still, capturing images on film through a lens requires many of the same skills.
So I dutifully took photography 101, which required the use of real, black and white film, which we processed ourselves in the dark room—my college was very big on understanding the original medium, even if we were eventually going to shoot digitally. I will never forget ruining a roll of film that was to be part of my final project, and desperately having to re-shoot.
Having gotten deeper and deeper into this foodie blogging world, I have realized that I’m going to need to up my game when it comes to food photography, though. I’ve got Plate to Pixel on my Christmas wish list. And one of the only places I went on Black Friday was to Anthropologie to take advantage of their sales to pick up some props.
But I know I’m still learning! So if you have any wonderful food styling or photography resources or tips to share, please let me know!