The More Photography I Do, The More I Realize How Little I Know! (Yeah, I Just Said That!”)
That sounds sort of contradictory; however, No…it is true, for me at least.
I get used to doing my specialty, and not drift too far away.
I venture into a TOTALLY different type of photography, this time, Food Photography, and even though I am confident with studio lighting and composition, and manual settings, THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY than all the photography technicalities.
The key to this post is just a reality check for myself…and perhaps you too.
I suggest working on other types of photography on a regular basis so that when you have an opportunity to do various types, perhaps you have extra hours of practice under your belt. That is always a good thing.
One thing I like to do to get myself more “focused” is take simple food subjects (The “Mental” Onions Shot) and prepare all the mental photography calculations in my mind:
Things to Think About….Such as:
- Subject sizes and how they look with the lens I’m using.
- Where the edges of the frame are with relationship to my subjects.
- Main subject focus points and sub-subjects out-of-focus points.
- Aperture, shutter speed, studio lighting settings and distance to subject.
- Placement of light(s).
- Natural or Artificial Light….or both.
- Placement of camera.
- Top (Flat-Lay) or Frontal Perspective?
- Is there a layout?
- Placement of fill cards.
- Food Styling.
- Special Styling Tricks.
- Communication with Cook, with Stylist, with both.
- What Props are Needed.
- Is less more?
- Is more….less?
- Time…how long will it take to photograph.
- Backup plan?
- The list seems endless.
Practice, and, the Devil really is in the Details!