What you need to know to your photos of food collected thousands of likes: the secrets of the superblogger Andychef
Want your food photos to be the most interesting and collect thousands of likes? Popular food blogger Andrew Rudkov, the same Andychef, the same @Darkzip sharing his secrets
1. REMOVE AT SOFT LIGHT
To make your photos are not very contrast, try to take pictures with soft lighting.
Use for this any lens that is at hand — tulle, tracing paper, gauze.
Be sure to close the window with a transparent curtain to slightly dim the sunlight.
2. USE REFLECTORS
When shooting food, especially in backlighting, be sure to use reflectors. It is not necessary to buy professional reflectors for this; they can be any white object — a sheet of paper, a sheet, a child’s T-shirt.
Ask the child to become on the side of the dish in the restaurant, and quickly take pictures.
The main thing — put the reflector from the opposite side of the light source.
Food, shot at an angle of 45 degrees, always looks appetizing
3. DIFFERENT TIMES FOR DIFFERENT COURSES
You should not shoot all the dishes from one angle, because they are completely different.
If you want to focus on the geometry of the ingredients, such as a burger, shoot at an angle of 10-20 degrees.
Soup is better to shoot from above, at an angle of 90 degrees. The same goes for shooting the entire table, when you want to tell what you are eating now. At right angles to all the dishes fall into the frame.
In my opinion, the most winning angle for shooting food is 45 degrees.
We see the dish as if we sit at the dinner table.
When looking at this photo, instinctively, there is a desire to eat this dish.
1. It is good when there is a speaker in the frame. It’s great if you cut a couple of pieces of meat from a hefty gammon, otschpnete a piece of bread from the loaf, break the loaf.
The food should be alive, and not resemble a still life.
It is always useful to look inside the dish, show how it looks inside, let the sauce or juice flow out.
It is always interesting to look inside the dish, find out what it consists of.
2. Think of the entourage.
By the very dish you always want to add interesting details. The main rule — do not overload the frame with unnecessary items, especially those that are not related to the dish. The details may indirectly tell you about the composition of the dish: a bottle of brandy if the cake is soaked with it.
Bars of chocolate next to a chocolate cake or drips of melted chocolate on it. Tangerines near the decanter with tangerine compote. It is better to add additional elements gradually — put something, removed.
It seemed a little, added more.
And try to show more imagination in detail, they should not be too predictable.
Often half hints work better.
For this photo, the signature is not needed, it’s clear from the details that the honey cake is in front of you
3. It is better to place the devices with handles to the viewer, the teapot with a nose to the viewer.
You should have the feeling that now you yourself will sit at the table and start eating.
4. Think over the script in advance how you will shoot the dish, especially if you are cooking it yourself.
You must immediately imagine an approximate plot of the frame.
5. Flat objects, such as lollipops, it is better to shoot vertically, looking upwards.
So there will be more volume.
To add volume to salad leaves, you can put a ball of foil on a plate, and put salad leaves on top. The same trick is good for opaque soups, when you need to show all the delicious ingredients.
The foil ball on the bottom of the plate will help them not to drown in the soup.
Easter eggs, placed on stands or in a flower pot, receive additional volume in the photo
1. The same dish, taken with different details, can create completely different moods.
For example, a plate with pumpkin soup and a whole-grain cracker laid side by side will appeal to supporters of PP (proper nutrition), and the same plate with a piece of delicious crunchy baguette will already work for an audience of gourmets.
2. At the beginning of the journey do not be afraid to copy.
This may be your favorite photographers. Or the best dishes that you found on Instagram. Choose frames that you especially like, and try to shoot in the same way.
As you fill your hand, go to find your own style.
3. Honesty dishes are very important to me, and not showing the latest technical possibilities of photography. All of these levitating products or macro parts are not intended for people who like to eat, but for professional photographers.
The dish should look as natural as possible. But some tricks when shooting, of course, does not hurt. For example, you got ice cream out of the freezer and get ready to shoot, it is covered with frost, but if you wait until it disappears, ice cream can flow.
What to do? Take a tube for cocktails and gently blowing on the ice cream. Warm air fast "will clean" frost, but ice cream will keep its shape.
A little trick, but no scam!
With the help of small tricks you can achieve that the ice cream spoon in the photo looks very cold, even slightly frosty, and the ice cream has already thawed.