My take on food photos.
05 Feb 2013
I mentioned in a past post that I am not a great food photographer, and I think I have demonstrated that to be true so far. I did a little reading about ways to get better, and I found out I should always use natural light (ideally two hours before sunset); I should use white boards and sheets to filter/reflect/do magic tricks with light and shadows; and I should carefully plan the plates, props, and backgrounds. Also, I should probably have a nicer camera than my 2-year-old iPhone.
The photos I share with you here are real. I’m making these dishes to get them on the table at 8:00 at night. There is no natural light to be had, and I don’t make an extra portion to photograph. I’m hungry, ready to sit and relax over dinner, and the food is getting cold! I do love taking photos of what I cook to share and to remember tasty meals of the past, but I don’t have the skills, equipment, or time to take cookbook-quality pictures.
How important are recipe photos to you? Do you need the picture to make your mouth water before you are interested in trying the dish, or do you care most about ingredients and instructions, only looking at the picture as a bonus?