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"PHOTOGRAPHING FOOD" ASSIGNMENT
Taking great photographs of food is a skill. But with improvements in smartphones, making beautiful images of food has become a lot easier. Now even smartphone cameras can yield gorgeous, high-quality images of food. Although professional cameras and lenses can make taking great images easier, but they're by no means necessary to achieve impressive results. Just think of all the amazing Instagram feeds out there. What separates magazine-worthy photos from less impressive images isn't a fancy camera, or expensive equipment. It's an understanding of what it takes to compose an appealing image and the confidence to execute your vision. With that in mind, we are going to showcase your image-making skills by exploring the genre of food photography. The intent of this assignment is to get you to go beyond Instagram food "snapshots" and truly explore your creativity by crafting beautiful, still-life photos of food.
STEP 1. Read: Smartphone Food Photography
STEP 1a. Supplemental reading: 13 Tips for Beautiful & Tempting iPhone Food Photography
STEP 2. Watch: Take Better Shots With Your Phone
STEP 3. Watch: Food Photography: Picture Perfect iPhone Photography
A note about the reading and videos listed above: There are litterally bazillions of blog posts, websites & videos about food photography. The choices above are just a few that I've found that offer concise reading and watchability, but if you would like to dive deeper, by all means, share with me the link to any site, blogpage or video that you found interesting or informative.
STEP 4. Shoot: Use the techniques discussed in the lecture, reading and videos to create two amazing images of food. Note: A 16-IMAGE PROOFSHEET FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT IS REQUIRED!
HERE'S A WHOLE BUNCH OF TIPS FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT:
•Just be creative. Allow yourself to be in the moment. Your passion for what you’re capturing will come forward in those beautiful images and the viewer will see it.
•Use beautiful natural light. Try using a window for backlight, a sheet to soften the light and a "fill card" to modify the shadows.
•Look for, or design a simple background that is suited for your food.
•Style your food. Use garnishes, a spot of color or a "drizzle" to add life to your images.
•Search for the best camera angle. Try a variety of approaches. Shoot overhead, 3/4 or a low angle to find the best approach for your image.
•Keep composition in mind -rule of thirds, repetition of shape.... get closer & don't use the smartphone camera Zoom.
•Remember to adjust the exposure and focus before you shoot -use the exposure lock and move the exposure slider to ensure a good range of tonal values throughout the image -it's better to shoot your photo a little too dark and lighten it later, than to overexpose it during your shoot.
•Remember to crop your photos and enhance the color & tone of your images using your phone app.
SUBMIT TWO AMAZING "Food" images in the Google Classroom panorama folder.
•Pick your two best "Food" photographs.
•Use your phone app to crop your images.
•Try converting your photos to black and white, or if you choose color, adjust the tones and color balance using your in-camera app.
•Submit your two cropped and adjusted images in the Google Classroom folder.
•A 16-IMAGE PROOFSHEET FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT IS REQUIRED!
Shooting Food Photographs On Your iPhone
Food Photography Examples