Yesterday, you spent some time studying photos of some outstanding food photographers.
Today, as a next step, you will use what you learned yesterday to make decisions and define goals for your food photography.
As part of yesterday’s exercise, you looked at many food photos. Did you notice how different those photos were? Did you see the difference between styles of the two food photographers?
Today we start talking about your photography. You will slowly and deliberately start giving your photography its own shape.
Today’s task is to decide what subjects you want to shoot for this 30 Day course. Once you have chosen these subjects, next step is to decide what do you want to communicate about the subject.
Why Do This?
So you are probably wondering why are we doing this step? What does having a list of subjects have to do with improving food photography?
Making a decision about what you will shoot and focus on (and what you will not focus on), helps you keep your thought process linked to a chosen subject or two.
It can be very relieving too. Everyday for the next 28 days, if you don’t know what you will shoot for your assignments, chances are that you will not practice any food photography. If you are interested, reading the extra section at the bottom in blue.
Let’s look at the assignment in more detail -
Estimated time required: 15 mins
Step 1 – The first thing you need to do is decide what food dishes/subjects will you shoot in next few days.
Yes!! You have to consciously decide what you will shoot. It could be anything from a fruit basket, to simple eggs or any dish that you are cooking. If you have taken a photo in last few days/weeks, you can use the same subject for this 30 day challenge. This will give you a good way to gauge how much have you grown.
Stop!! Before moving forward, take 5 mins and make a list of at least 5 food subjects that you will photograph during 30 day challenge. You don’t have to photograph all 10 subjects, but rather any number of subjects can be photographed any number of times. The goal of this exercise is to plan ahead so that you don’t skip a day because you didn’t have anything to shoot.
Do you have a list of 5 food subjects now?
Create that list of 5 subjects before you move forward.
Step 2 – This is an important step. Based on what you learned by looking and studying the photos yesterday and by doing a “Feeling Analysis” of the photos, you will have learned how a certain photo feels.
For the subjects you have chosen, today think about what you want to communicate through the photo. What do you want a photo to look like? What feelings should this photo communicate? How do you want to feel about the photo? (This can feel intimidating, but don't skip this. Do the best you can, but don't skip.)
Step 3 – Document this in a notebook. Write down what you want the food photo to look like. Store this in a safe place, because we will refer to this from time to time.
Step 4 – In the comments section below, tell us your two top food subjects you would like to learn how to shoot.
Step 5 - Read the comments below and see what other students have selected. Now up-vote (Click "^" symbol) the comments you like.
What kind of subjects you choose for this course will determine your degree of success. This is really the secret sauce for completing the course successfully.
In last three years since we've been running this free course, I've interacted with thousands of students. I have chatted with those that have completed the course and those that dropped off. Here are my tips from analyzing thousands of subjects used by students in last several years.
3 Tips for Choosing Your Subject
- Pick simple subjects. As you are learning don't pick something like a curry or chili that will make learning complicated.
- Pick subject that can be readily available. If you choose a subject like homemade cake, are you going to make one or buy one every day?
- Raw veggies and fruits make super amazing subjects.
If you choose a difficult subject that is not available for you to shoot, how likely are you to take a photograph?