Lockdown Project – Food Photography

May 13, 2020
3 bowls of dry pasta

How we coped with the Coronavirus ‘Lockdown’ was going to be different for everybody. Unless it was an essential job, we had to work from home. For me being predominately a Motorsport and Wildlife photographer, it is tricky to do that from home!! So I had to think what can I do with the camera kit I had and with things around the house. A Lockdown Project – Food Photography made sense to me…

coffee beans in cup
Fresh Coffee

Stay Home…

Realising we were heading into a period of time, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go out to work in the usual way. I had camera gear at home so I needed to find other ways to use it. A very good friend of mine at Axiya Signs created some fantastic double sided background boards for me. Now from my ‘Pop Up studio’ on my patio I set to work trying to grasp the concepts and principles of Food photography… well, after another coffee!

cup of coffee on table
Ready for the day…

It soon became apparent that it’s a very different skill set to capturing a race car coming towards you at over 100mph. Camera basics of shutter speed, aperture and composition are still very much in use. Styling & artistic arrangement are certainly not things I do in the Pit Lane. It was interesting moving the subjects around and using the light in different ways.

avocado pear
Steps 1, 2 and 3
Dry pasta on table
Dry Pasta

Simple single ingredient images to showcase shape and colour. Recipe table ‘Flat Lays’ through to the finished dishes. I hope my story telling style of photography still comes through. Slightly different angles with deep contrast makes the colours bright and inviting. 

Bunch of Spring Onions
Bunch of Spring Onions
Head of Broccoli
Head of Broccoli
Tomato Mozzarella Basil
Fresh delicious ingredients for lunch
Tomato Mozzarella Basil in blue plate
Tomato, Mozzarella and fresh basil pesto.
Tomato pasta olive oil and black pepper
Tomato, pasta, olive oil and black pepper….all you need!

It’s thirsty work too…

If you’re having something to eat, then you will surely need a drink. A cold cheeky glass of something would go down very nicely. Creating an appetising image was a great challenge and not as straight forward as it first appeared… don’t worry though, nothing was wasted!!

Keo Beer
Lively one!!
Gin and Tonic
Gin and Red Pepper Corns
Rum glass and bottle
Ohhh got then… just a little one!

When all the craziness is over…

If these has whetted your appetite (sorry…I’ll get my coat!) If you would like images like this for a Magazine recipe or Cookery Book. A Restaurant or Take-Away menu… Let’s sit down with one of those coffees and work out together how we can create great image assets for your business. 

ground and whole coffee beans
From bean to cup

By Skelly

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