Why Better Camera Skills Wont Make You A Better Food Photographer
I know this seems counter-intuitive, but once I realized that camera skills alone were not going to make my food photographs any better a whole new world opened up to me. Many people fetishize the camera and equipment associated with food photography to the point where they forget that there are other factors that contribute to making gorgeous food photos.
There's this prevalent idea that the more you master camera skills, or that the more expensive your equipment, the better your photos will be....to which I say, hogwash!
More on the myth of camera skills in the second part of post...
Garbage In, Garbage OutWhat I've come to learn is that the single most important thing to consider when photographing food is the STYLING.
The styling of the photograph refers to everything that contributes to the look of the finished picture. This includes plates, setting, props, etc. but also encompasses how the food actually LOOKS. You see, if the food doesn't look pretty or appetizing to begin with, no amount of sharp shooting is going to change that.
Once I started to focus my attention on making the food look better, my photos instantly improved. Sure, knowing a few things about depth of field or aperture settings help, but as long as you focus on making the food look good on your plate, any point-and-shoot camera can capture amazing photos.
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