Back in the day before I started blogging myself, I had a lot of spare time to read a hundred and one food, fashion and lifestyle blogs. You know you’ve found a good food blog when you feel hungry when reading the posts, and if I ever needed foodie advice I’d be straight onto dinewhitme.com. I’ve known epic food blogger and photographer Whit for a while now, and she’s pretty much a cool girl with an eye for good food. Her blog is filled with insanely gorgeous food snaps and hot tips on all the best places in town with a personal twist.
Flash forward and Whit’s still food obsessed but with a recent rebrand of her space (@littlelofts) she’s pursuing her foodie dreams and working full time in the field. Go girl! When I discovered she’d be co-running an iPhone only food photography course alongside Stacey Clark, stylist, I was in. Firstly I wanted to support my friend and secondly I was dying to hear the best tips on making your food photos sing!
Glorious cakes, cupcakes and fresh crusty bread were available for us to play with, and after a brief rundown on the good and bad in food photography we were ready to get into it. It was great to meet up with new and old friends in a fun, interactive environment and try something different. I’ll admit I’m very much a novice when it comes to photography (I actually failed my photography unit at uni as I didn’t submit any assignments – awkward), so I’ll take any advice I can get! It’s more of a hobby for me, but I really do want to advance my skills.
Stacey & Whit’s Top Tips For Food Photography
1. Don’t be afraid to climb on a chair to photograph the entire table!
Whit gracefully climbed on a stool to demonstrate her dedication to a good snap. Yes, she’s climbed on a chair in a packed out restaurant to get the perfect shot. Even though she was embarrassed for three seconds, she got the picture she wanted and it was worth it! Not sure if I’m up for this challenge but I’ll keep the advice well noted. Plus I think E would walk out on me if I climbed on the furniture in a restaurant!
2. Don’t be afraid to get messy.
Stacey loves organic shots so she is not afraid to get a little messy. Don’t be scared to throw some flour, sugar or cake crumbs in a stylish, yet casual way to create a warm, natural look. Or spill some milk, that’s always pretty!
3. No filters!
This tip scared me. I love filters. But by using secondary apps like VSCOcam and Snap Seed you can edit your pictures so they don’t look over exposed or over edited. I like this tip, but I think it’ll take me a bit of time to get used to it. Sorry girlies, I’m still going to use the Instagram filters for selfies – my skin has never looks so good. Haha.
4. Your Instagram is part of your brand.
Stacey was very passionate about using Instagram as a portfolio as such for your brand. All photos should vibe off each other and work together aesthetically. Basically if you’ve posted a pink based picture, uploading a vibrant green based snap next to it won’t work. Keep the mood. Save your bright green pictures for a time they will work. Look at your Instagram feed as a story.
5. The rule of thirds.
The grid feature on your iPhone camera is your friend. By using the rule of thirds you will be able to take more visually enticing and balanced pictures, and find the desired point in all your photos. It is common knowledge that people are naturally drawn to the “intersection” points in the grid, so by placing the feature focus in your intersection people will find the picture more pleasing to the eye.
6. Tag people.
If you’re out at a cafe don’t be afraid to tag their Instagram account in your uploads. As well as showing your followers where they can find that delicious yolk porn or caramel latte, you’re also promoting your favourite haunts and giving them the recognition they deserve. Businesses love it when they’re mentioned, I can vouch for that! Plus you’ll gain more traffic and followers when people click around to find new places to dine. Hashtags are also beneficial, but don’t go too crazy! No follows for follows or spams for spams – that’s just silly!
Next time I’m out brunching I’ll definitely keep the tips I learnt at the class in mind. I don’t think I’ll be climbing onto a chair in public (sorry Whit) but I can say I learnt some fantastic new info! Big thanks to Westfield Whitford City, Stacey and Whitney for a hands on, eye opening afternoon. Who knew there was more to food photography than a simple point and click? Just joking.
What is your best photography tip, food and beyond?