Food photography dates back to the 1800s in the artistic arena, heavily influenced by still life paintings of banquets or fruit with the traditional symbolisms like grapes for excess or peaches for fertility.
The 20th Century saw the introduction of colour advertising. Companies wanted to sell products and that included food. Illustrations were beginning to appear in cookbooks, food magazines were hitting the shelves and through photography, cooking was becoming fashionable and food was being made appealing to the senses. People started to get a little excited by cooking, and what better place to share their exploits in the modern world than on social media.
Instagram can take some credit for where food photography rests today, along with reality television shows and personalities that have made cooking fun and food an artform. We are now living in a very digital world. We are surrounded by images, our senses are heightened to it and our children are growing up expecting it.
With food photography, presentation is everything. Student, Zach Rogers took this image at a friend’s café. The dark table provides the ideal backdrop for a light and moody shot. Love the symmetry of the platter and the colours just pop! Great work Zach, and thankyou for allowing us to share your image.
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Now does this great example of food photography by our student Mark Vegera make you feel a bit peckish?
I sure am.
Mark has done a great job with this image and the detail is high quality.
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Thanks for letting us share your image Mark
Now I think food photography is one of the best photographic genres.
Where else do you get to eat the subject after grabbing some images?
Food photography is becoming increasingly popular and some photographers make a good living out of this area.
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So if you want to capture those cupcakes or something equally mouth watering then let us teach you how to do it.
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Beverage photography is another interesting photographic genre that is increasing in popularity.
Have a quick browse on the internet and you will find no shortage of beverage images.
This image including some bokeh effect was taken at a beautiful haven in North Queensland named Dingo Beach. Due to the tropical, humid climate the drinks there are served in their own outer white cooler. It makes me feel thirsty just looking at it.
The whole field of food photography opens up a number of job opportunities for the photographer. This is especially true in advertising land where people everywhere have the need to display their products and of course their brand. Product photography is a huge part of this.
At the end of the day however to be able to do this well you need to have a great understanding of all aspects of photography and this is where we can help you with our comprehensive professional photography courses. So please contact us if we can provide any more information.
As part of module twelve in our Diploma course, students are tasked with compiling their photography portfolio.
This great food photography image by recent graduate Jemma Papiccio is part of her portfolio.
In module 12, students are tasked with putting together a portfolio. It is the selection of six of their most impressive images that represent the style and quality of the student’s work. The job of your portfolio is to get you work. The images need to be impressive. They need to be outstanding. There needs to be something special about the images you choose that will make potential clients “choose you”.
This food photography image entitled “Moody Spice” blended nicely with five other outstanding images making up Jemma Papiccio’s photography portfolio.
“The Moody Spice image is just that, its moody and dark and I really like it. The spices bring colour and texture to a very dark scene. I had one light up high, on the right side, for shadows that help give the image more texture on the spices and slate plate. The pop of bright red in the chillies and peppercorns really wow the image. I like the veins in the bay leaf and the garlic looking like a flower. The spoons help give the image depth.” M, 90mm Macro, f/6.3, 0.3 sec, ISO 200.
Well done Jemma and thanks for allowing us to share your image.
This is a great example of food photography by our student Tim Day and those brownies just look so good.
Food photography is one of the specialties we look at in Diploma Course module 7.
Tim arranged the brownies on a nice wooden paddle with a slate insert, adding a dusting of icing sugar, chocolate flakes and fresh raspberries for a colour pop!
The black timber provides the perfect base to accentuate the subject. A cup of tea and a couple of forks complete the picture. It tells the story of two people catching up over a cup of tea and indulging in some delicious brownies.
Shot using natural light from a wide glass door and a reflector to fill the shadows on the opposing side.
Great shot Tim, and thank you for allowing us to share your image.
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