7 Tips For Shooting Food At Its Source| May Merriment Day 19Posted by Katrina Kennedy on May 19, 2011 in Blog, Photography | 12 comments
Where does your food come from? Does it travel miles to your grocery store or just minutes from your backyard? Let’s move beyond food on our plates and go to the source today. There are so many ways we can interpret “the source.”
Much of my food comes from my garden. Or from the farmer’s market. Or from our local Co-op.
That’s the luck of being in California.
Don’t discount the drive through window or the grocery store or something as simple as your refrigerator. There is great light in the refrigerator!
How do you get the best photos from the source?
Look for light. Are you sick of me saying this yet? in all of your situations look for the light. Find something illuminated well.
Look for repetition.
Add context. Think price tags, descriptions, baskets, shelves, labels.
Find color. Reds, yellows, oranges. They all ask to be photographed.
Shoot from multiple angles. I tend to shoot at either eye level or 3/4 view as from above gets a little tricky and awkward in public places.
Visibly carry your camera. I find it much easier to take photos in our grocery store or at the farmer’s market if I don’t have to retrieve my camera from a bag. It makes the statement. I have a camera. I know that. I’m here to take photos. If someone looks at me funny, I tell them what I’m doing to avoid the fear of some covert operation occurring through my lens.
Whatever your source may be, it is part of your food culture. Part of your life. Part of your 365. Stretch yourself today.
What is one food source you’ve wanted to photograph that you haven’t?