I really love food photography because not only does the model smell absolutely lovely, but she (or he) will do literally anything you want and is willing to be eaten when the shoot is over.
It wasn’t until I got into photography that I really started noticing my surroundings, especially at the grocery store. There are so many details in fresh produce that make it so aesthetically appealing. Vibrant colors, rich juices, delicate layers and leaves.
I practiced some manual focus with these blueberries and blackberries, and now that I look at them I really just want to beat them with a hammer all over the cutting board and photograph the exploding juices (that will teach me how porn photographers get the moneyshot). With the asparagus photo above, I was trying to work with the natural light that pours into my apartment and see how it brought out the details.
With this grapefruit I wanted to try to capture the raw juiciness and fleshy details on the inside. And then eat it.
With these oranges and onions, it was mostly about styling. I love the onions, but the oranges are boring to me. I’d like them to be more in focus all around, and preferably on a bluish-teal background. Sadly the only thing I could find in here that’s bluish-teal is a yoga mat, and I’m not putting orange slices on a yoga mat after what I’ve been doing to it.
These photos aren’t necessarily spectacular, but I love seeing how a different focus, background, or angle can bring out something you didn’t expect. This is why I often tell people to rummage through their produce drawer when getting a feel for new photography techniques and ideas. Then celebrate by making a salad.April 18, 2012
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