Lesson 19 – Style Your Food With an Expert

30 Day Food Photos Day19

Food styling is vast and very different from food subject to food subject.

Today we will use the subject that you had chosen and decide how to style that food.

So what food subject did you chose on Day 2? Are you still using the same food subject or have you changed that subject?

In today’s post, we will use your subject and decide how you will style the food.

So to begin, you will do some research on how your food subject has been styled in some outstanding food photographs.

I find Pinterest to be the best place to do this research. It is very visual and can be used as a organization tool for best photos.

We’ve started using Pinterest to deconstruct amazing food photos and food styling. Today visit LFP on Pinterest and check if there is a photograph pinned for your food subject. Study these photos.

If there are no photos, search on Pinterest for your subject. For example if your food subject is chai, check if it is in LFP on Pinterest. If you find it, study that and understand how food styling has been done in this case. Is it minimalistic? Is the photo very moody?

If you don’t find your subject, search on Pinterest and you will get tonnes of Pins. Analyze them and understand how food styling has been done.

Let’s look at the assignment instructions for this exercise.

Today’s Assignment

Estimated time: 30 – 60 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  – For your subject, you will do research in LFP on Pinterest and check if your subject is covered on it. If you don’t have a subject, go to Step 3. If you do have your own food subject inLFP on Pinterest go to step 4.

Step 3 – Since you are step 3, this would mean that your subject is not in LFP on Pinterest. So you’ll need to search on Pinterest and find one or more pictures that are photographed by amazing photographer.

Step 4 – Once you have found that photo, you need to analyze what food styling elements are used and note them down. Do a thorough analysis of elements used and note them down.

Step 5 – Bring the food out and take the photographs without looking at the notes.

Step 6 - Now refer to the notes that you have taken and style your food subject as what you have learned. It is okay if you can’t style this perfectly. One styling is done, take photos of your food subject.

Step 7– Just like previous assignments, compare photos from step 5 and step 6. Does the photo look any different? Is one of the two better? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Step 8 – Upload your best photo/s in  Lesson 19 Album on the new Facebook Group (Do not share food photos that don't belong to you in this group, you can share link to the Pinterest photo you liked). 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.

  • Raia Torn

    I had a hard time finding professional looking cracker photos on pinterest. But it was fun anyway. 🙂

  • Mukul Desai

    Gaddi ek bar parti se utar jaye to fir se patri pe lana bada mushkil hai – fir bhi la ne ke koshish jari hai……(lesson – 6)
    Tittle – “Food & Festival – Rakhi” also known as Raksha Bandhan – Main subject RAKHI & DIYA.
    Rakhi = main prop made from thread & some other object (like friendship belt)
    Diya = like lamp,candle
    Raksha = to protect
    Bandhan = to tie.
    Rakhi what sister is going to tie on brothers wrist – story of family mainly brothers & sisters

    I never done this type of exercise.

  • Mukul Desai

    Day light is the best option, becouse of monsson it not available to me so i use studio light.