Food Photography with Helen Grace Ventura Thompson
This month’s blog post asks you to consider angles and focal points and takes a look at some of the 2013 finalist images.
When one section of an image is in focus and the rest is less sharp, it’s called using shallow depth of field because the focal point focuses specifically on a main point of interest in the image.This doesn’t work on every image however, as sometimes having everything in focus can be just as visually interesting. In various categories, previous winners have used shallow depth of field to draw the viewers’ attention to a particular food item in the foreground. Had the whole shot been in focus, perhaps the other food elements in the image may have been distracting and the whole image itself may not have been as appealing.
Usually, when an image is shot from above, taking a bird’s eye view of the dish, meal or table, it’s good to have everything in focus.The viewer can explore all the visual elements since the image is showing lots of different things at one time. Shooting from slightly below makes the food look bigger and more majestic because you are looking up at it. A feast for the eyes!
A variety of different angles are shown excellently in the ‘An Apple a day’ category where entrants have taken the apple as their subject and experimented with shallow depth of field and shooting from different angles.
If you are a beginner to food photography, experimenting with this is an excellent place to start. So with only a week to go, go on, get snapping!
Image 1: Diploma by Isabela Pacini
Image 2: Making Mochi by Jessie Di Blasi
Image 3: Toffee Apples by Jonathan Gregson