How to Shoot Food on Your Phone like a Pro!
Part 2: Food Photography Composition HACKS to Boost Instagram LIKES!
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This video will give you 4 "how to food photography tips," on how to take good food pictures, so you can stop searching for “how to food photography tips,” and start improving your Instagram Food Photography today!
This is part two of the series and if you missed last week's video I'll have it linked down below, you definitely don't want to miss it because it talks about picking the right camera angle, finding the right light. It's okay if you watch them out of order, but you will want to go back and watch each video because they bring a lot of value and they all stack together to help make your make your, make your cell-phone photos better. So let's dive in.
Today I'm going to be talking all about your composition. Last week I posed using your camera's grid and I introduced being very intentional about which camera angle you choose. Now, I want to talk about how you can make your hero, the hero of the show, whether it's a dish, or a cocktail, or a person, whatever it is that you're shooting, how do you make it stand out as compared to anything else in the frame. And I have four really cool techniques to do that.
Tip No. 1
Isolate your food from the background. When you start to isolate your main subject, from whatever it is behind it, it's going to naturally draw the viewers eye more into, again, your hero subject matter. Let's go through another example. So here I have a picture of this really awesome steak sandwich and I built the scene.
As you can see, it does tell a story, it does show the menu pairings, but if I had placed that beer on the other side, then it would have been distracting taking the viewer's eye away from that dish itself, from that juicy sandwich. So being very intentional about how you place, if you're going to place a drink in the background, or a side pairing with the sandwich that you're serving, then where are you putting it and can you isolate your main piece, your main subject matter, from the other elements in your frame? So that's tip number one. Whenever you're building your photo do you want to completely isolate your main subject from what's in the background, or can you make what's in the background more simple so that your hero stands out? Okay, tip number one is isolate it from the background.
Tip No. 2
Fill Your Frame: And let's go ahead and pop our image up here. We have this beautiful oyster.
So going down this path whenever you fill the frame, with your main subject, again, there is no confusion where to look and often it's really great for small details. So as you can see, we have this beautiful, juicy oyster. I took the time to actually, again, zero in on the oyster itself and tell the story of that one main subject. If you choose to fill the frame with your subject matter, again, the main point is to to have your viewer feel like they could reach in and grab it, or like they're there and you don't want to go too far, but is a really great way to have them experience that and to see that juiciness and to see those details.
Tip No. 3
Create a frame within your frame. So let's look at sample one. So here I have this really, really beautiful fish, and literally the way that they cooked it is in this sheet pan, and so what better opportunity to use that sheet pan?
So the way that I position it, it's a super simple technique. So as you can see the diagonal around the frame of the tray itself will draw the viewer's eye back into the center over, and over, and over again, without them even knowing it. So by using this technique, creating a frame within a frame, again, you direct your viewers eye exactly where you want it to go which is that beautiful piece of fish and there's no confusion about where you want them to look, but it's all happening subconsciously. So that is our third tip, is to use frames within your camera frame itself to draw your viewer's eye into your main subject matter. It's a really powerful tool to create both dynamic interest and make your, the picture overall more interesting. And again, the main the point is to direct your viewer's eye where you want it to go. So that's tip number three, create a frame within your frame.
Tip No. 4
All right, so tip number four is all about using the depth of field. Depth of field is what is being used by our phone's technology whenever they rolled out the portrait mode, or the foodie mode, or the live-focus mode. And what depth of field does is it naturally blurs your background and it starts to give you that nice pretty blur which automatically draws your eye into your main subject matter. Now, I have a love/hate relationship with the portrait mode because it tends to get just, it's used like people throw on a filter, they're like just use portrait mode to fix the background. Well, I want to advise you that when you choose to use portrait mode to be intentional still about your background, whether you're shooting a person, or whether you're shooting food, I want you to think about what is in your background, and why, not just turning on portrait mode because the background is messy because that doesn't make your photos any better.
In the first example, portrait mode can fail and the reason this happens is if I'm shooting like let's say a wine glass, like I have here, nine times out of 10 the edges of that wine glass are going to get lost and that's why I don't like it. Be mindful of loosing these details if and when you're choosing to use portrait mode for this effect because if you're shooting wine, or a cocktail, you definitely don't want to lose these details.
So here I have in my foreground this wonderful bottle of Knob Creek and then we have some barbecue in the background and this is what I was talking about when I began is being intentional about what's in your background. This was a barbecue restaurant, it's called Whiskey Inferno, so they sell all different types of whiskey. I think this was a feature of the week, or something like that, how do we tell the story of both items without having one outweigh or outshine the other? That barbecue could've very easily outweighed the, the bottle of whiskey if I didn't use portrait mode setting, or if I didn't use depth of field to blur it just enough, you do still know it's barbecue, but it's not competing with the whiskey itself. So being intentional about what's back there, and why it's back there, and then telling that full story, and again, harping on this, but not just using portrait mode to blur the background because it's messy, but using it intentionally to direct your viewers eye where you want it to go.
All right, everybody, you've now got 4 Food Photography Composition Tips to Boost Instagram Likes! I just walked you through how to isolate your subject from the background, how to fill your frame with your subject, how to create a frame within a frame, or last but not least, how to use the depth of field to draw your viewers eye in and make your main subject stand out. I hope that you learned a thing or two. I hope you're excited to try practicing these techniques. Make sure to find me on Instagram and tag, @TheChefShots when you do start practicing these because I love seeing your photos.
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