Food styling… easily the most challenging aspect of food photography. It is also the reason why most aspiring food photographers do not make better pictures.
Today we tackle food styling with a simple tip.
Food styling is very vast and doing it right takes a lot of experience. So while this post or next couple of them won’t make you an expert, it will certainly give you some simple ways to style your food better.
Garnishing is the easiest way to style the food. Once you have food subject prepared, you can add some nuts or herbs, whatever recipe can accommodate.
Garnishes are commonly available in every kitchen so finding them is very quick and easy. Below are five ways to garnish your food.
5 Ways to Garnish Food for Photography
As we’ve discussed, garnishing is simple and easy way to style your food. Here are five easy ways:
- Chopped Nuts or seeds
- Shredded Cheese
- Spices like cardamom, cinnamon powder etc.
These are some ways you can garnish the food. Each one of these works with a certain type of food. You can add nuts to dessert, but shredded cheese may not work. Similarly shredded cheese or cream may work just fine with soup, but sprinkling the spices may not work.
If you are creating a food photo for your blog, you have liberty to add whatever you like to the recipe and the food photo. If this is a commercial work, there are certain boundaries you have to work within.
One caution on garnishing – Don’t overdo it. If you overdo garnishing, it will steal the show from the food subject and that’s not what we want.
Do you have any other ways you garnish your food? Share it with rest of us in the comments below.
Let’s start the assignment...
Estimated time: 30 mins
Step 1 – Just like before, today again, select the subject. Ideally use the same food subject, you have been using last couple of days. This will give you an easy way to measure your improvements.
Step 2 – Set up the scene and bring the food and get ready to take a photograph. Do not add any garnishing at this point.
Step 3 – After step 2 is done, take a photograph without any styling garnish.
Step 4 – Add garnish. Use any one of the five above or any other you can think of.
Step 5 – Take photographs with these garnishes.
Step 6– Just like previous assignments, compare photos from step 2 and step 4. Does the photo look any different? Is one of the two better? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Step 7 – Upload the best photo/s on Lesson 18 Album on the new Facebook Group. If you are not a member of the facebook group, you will not be able to view the album. Request access from the FB Group page.