This post is a continuation of the photography practice from last week. Go look at Mobile Photography 1 for my breakdown of the process. Below you will find photos from this week’s practice as well as a few things to watch out for.
Quick notes from a second week of taking photos:
- Spend more time setting up shots than taking them.
- Food photos look much better with more props and interesting surfaces.
- Add pops of color when the item is a neutral color.
- Experiment with different angles on one item until you get a viewpoint you like.
- Off center photos can feel very arty.
- Jewelry and rocks were a winning combination.
- Bright white items and reflective surfaces are particularly hard to photograph.
One last thought I had is, do you take tons of photos and hope you can salvage some of them? Or do you try to take only a handful of photos and really take your time and perfect each and every shot? Some people recommend limiting yourself to only a small number of photos so that you really have to plan out and think about each shot. I think this is an idea that merits further thought.
I wouldn’t say that my photos will be featured on Tastespotting or Foodgawker any time soon but from where I started, I think my skills and attention to detail have drastically improved. I can only imagine if I spent another 10 hours on improving my skills how much better my photos would be. As it is, I had a burning desire to move on to my next Beginner Mode which will be cheesemaking and I’m going to have to leave photography as a good enough level.