SFU: Photographing the Finished Product

London broil
London Broil

My photography class is coming close to an end already! Week 5 lesson is come and gone as we are in week 6 now.

You probably noticed that I’m posting last week’s lesson a little late. Oh the joys of the hurricane season! It was raining every single day so I didn’t get a change to grill anything last week on my new grill from Sears. We got a little break in the last two days, so I grilled our lunches yesterday and today. Everything was so delicious!

Pesto Pizza

This week we learned about lighting and styling the finished food.
As I mentioned in every photo class post, the lighting is extremely important. The lighting should  be natural and soft. Window lighting is one of the best places to photograph food where there is lots of natural light. The natural daylight will help keep the food looking much more natural. Keep in mind that at certain times of the day the sunlight may come through the window so be aware of that.

I have a secret to share with you! I do a lot of shooting on my balcony. I live in an apartment and I have small windows that don’t allow a lot of light. They also have plastic lines across that create very unflattering shadows. My balcony, on the other hand, has lots of natural light and keeps away the direct sunlight.

To shoot these photos, I actually went downstairs to create a “picnic setting” since I was photographing grilled food. I was trying to “set the mood” so to speak. I used a shaded area, not the area in direct sunlight.

Pesto Pizza
SFU Sears Grilling

Background  and styling is the next most important element in creating a good photo. Props are good to use when styling your pictures but do remember to keep in simple. Using too many props will create a cluttered, busy photo that will take all the attention from the food you are trying to photograph. Try to keep your backdrop simple as well.

SFU Sears Grilling

The way food is arranged in the photograph is just as important as anything else. I don’t know how many times my photos were rejected for composition. By being rejected it made me work that much harder at improving my pictures! I’ve looked through so many photos of professional food photographers and through trial and error, I am learning the composition. I am happy to say that almost all my photos are now accepted when submitted.

Remember to balance of the entire scene, the colors, the shapes and position of items. Balance your props and use appropriate props to the theme of the dish. You can use anythign as a prop that is not your main dish. For example, napkins, small bowls, bread, drinks, silverware, etc.
London broil
London broil

SFU Sears Grilling
Just remember to keep your photos natural and simple! The beauty is in your food!


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  1. Tonia@TheGunnySack says:

    Beautiful pictures Lyuba! I want to come to your house for dinner!

  2. OK. You just finished me up with the dessert. I can offer self-addressed box that would fit these awesome things

  3. great tips! thanks again for sharing

  4. Stephanie says:

    Your layouts are terrific. The pesto pizza photo is my fav.

  5. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thank you so much :)

  6. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thank you!

  7. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Awww, that is so sweet! :):)

  8. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thank you so much, Tonia!! You are always welcome :)

  9. Thanks for these tips. I actually just tried the natural lighting on something I’d baked and it looked so much more delicious! : ) Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

  10. Good job! Sorry to have missed that wonderful chicken dish!

  11. great tips! I have struggled wtih this. Natural light is abundant in my house, so I just need to take advantage of that!

  12. Glenda Embree says:

    Your grilled pizza makes me so happy — just looking at it! I imagine eating it was pretty wonderful, too. Great photos!

  13. Heather Kaluf says:

    As always your food looks amazing! So when will you be at my house to cook?! LOL :)

  14. Great tips! Mine never look as good as I’d like :) I’m pinning!

  15. Great tips! I’m never pleased with my photos. I think I’ll start taking it out to my deck. Thanks for the idea!

  16. homecookingmemories says:

    Your london broil looks beautiful, Lyuba! Oh, and that dessert…oh my!!

  17. Look delicious!! love those!!

  18. Your pesto pizza shots are just yummy!

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