Its day 4 and I have gone simplistic on you. I chose my favourite fruit and challenged myself to make it look as sophisticated as I could.
Lemons are my favourite fruit, but how do I make such a simple fruit look sophisticated you may ask? Well...I didn't know until today, and that's the great thing about practice.
I had an idea of what I wanted the lemon to look like, which was for it to pop out of the background and for its colours to show. I also knew I wanted there to be depth in the shadows, so this meant I had to think carefully about my lighting.
I had one light on a soft-box behind me to the left which was slightly pointing down, causing the shadows to the right of the lemon. It also highlights the glisten of the inside of the fruit.
I presented the lemon on a faux wooden tile suspended between two chairs. A little bit of creativity had to be taken into consideration here, but it worked. The dark blue of the background also highlights and compliments the yellow of the lemon (which just so happens to be the colour scheme of my living room).
The art of food photography is showing me that practice really does make perfect. Most of my previous work has been weddings and I certainly improved over the last 4 years of doing them. However food photography I believe is something that you can improve on quite quickly, especially if you have the time to teach yourself and to perfect each photoshoot.
I've realised that details are really important in food photography. Along with showing the whole picture its important to show the viewer the details so that they can really experience the food.
As most of you know, we taste food with more than our mouths. We also use our nose and our eyes and research has even suggested we use our ears and relate certain sounds to certain foods.
That's why when food photographers take photographs of food you will notice they make the photograph quite immersive and try to tell a story using the food. That is why when taking a photo of this lemon I peeled it to show what is on the inside rather than just showing you the lemon.
I hope this has been useful to some of you and as always, just ask if there is anything you want me to photograph!