Food photography in Italy

Hi i’m Jim from
Christina and I have put together this short video with seven of our favourite
tips to help you with your food photography. While we’re in Puglia in the
southeast of Italy recently, we came across so many beautiful things to eat,
so here’s what we saw and how we photographed them. Our first tip is to make sure
the table is ready before you shoot think the shot through and arrange plates
and cutlery before you grab your camera. It’ll save your time and your food
won’t go cold. An overhead angle is a great shot if you want to capture a whole table of food in a flat lay style. A 45-degree shot gives the most natural
point of view angle and is one of the favourites of food photographers. Take the shot from eye level to show what it’s like to have this dish in front of you. And be careful with front on shots – they only work if the background looks good. Generally speaking, natural light is the
best food photography. But if it’s very bright and sunny, you’ll still want a bit
of shade to shoot in. Cloudy days or neutral shade is best. If you’re shooting indoors, avoid strip lighting and beware of low-light conditions. Look for colours
that will make your photos pop. It doesn’t just have to be the colour of the food –
it can be other props or plates that create a scheme or a vignette. It’s amazing how much better food looks when it’s got some scale to show how big or small it is. A fork or a hand in shot can really help give the photo context. Which shot looks better: the first one or the second? It’s the second one, isn’t it? I told you! When you’re shooting food – especially platters and things like that – make sure you
create different heights and textures with the food. Pile food up for
that plentiful look. Get a mixture of textures and create layers on the plate. It will give your photos dimension and depth, and make people wish they could eat your photo which is what you really want, isn’t it? Food photography shouldn’t just be about
the food, it should be about the whole experience. You can tell more of the story of your meal and give more context if you show where you’re eating or where your food’s come from. Mixing up close-up shots of
your food with location shots and photos of the people involved adds so much more colour and interest than just simple shots of the dish itself. There’s always
more to what you’re eating just the food and that’s what makes food photography
fund and exciting. Find more of our food photography on our full post over on and make sure you check out the Olympus hashtag #OlympusInspired on Instagram for more amazing food and travel photography. Thanks for watching.

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