Lesson 25 – Take a Photo and Add Copy

30 Day Food Photos Day25

We have talked about composition earlier in the challenge. Today we will talk about composing a photograph for writing a copy.

One of the elements of composition is use of space. Let’s learn more about using space.

Space in terms of art and frame is separated into negative space and positive space. Positive space is defined by the space that the object/food subject occupies. Negative space is anything around the food subject.

When creating a food photo, the amount of negative space versus positive space changes the composition entirely. Using space you can emphasize on a subject and create a photograph that is simple yet beautiful.

Peter from Souvlaki for the Soul has a knack for using space and creates a powerful image. Have you heard Peter’s tips on becoming a better food photographer? On this page, take a look at his photographs of cinnamon ice cream, colors of food and other below it.

However, negative space doesn't work if placed abruptly. Negative space works only if photo "feels" cohesive. More on that in today's assignment.

If you are a food blogger, you can create photos with negative space and leave them as is, or add recipe name in the negative space.

In magazines as well space is used with the intent of placing graphics or placing copy. In those cases, photographers carefully compose the frame with copy in mind.

Look at the example below:

Crackers Food Photography

One of the left if the photo with copy in mind. Right is the draft cover of upcoming workbook.

I hope you can use today's lesson right away. If you are a food blogger, why not create a photo of a recipe and add copy for your blog?

How will you use space in your food photos?

Now lets begin today’s assignment.

Today’s Assignment

You are familiar with most steps. I’ll keep this at high level and keep it open for interpretation.

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  – Using negative space, take a photo with large negative space. Take 4 photos at least - one with space above your subject, one with space below your subject. Next space to the right and space to the left. You can try more photos by changing your frame orientation.

Step 3 – Add Recipe Title or Story Title on your photo. You can use Photoshop to do that, or a free online software Pixlr Editor.

Step 4 –  Once you do step 2 and 3, upload the best photo/s in  Facebook Album for Lesson 25. 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.

  • ”Fresh & Positive” – Negative space is no longer negative

  • Catharina Linkenbach

    really pressed for time once again but determined to complete the assignment. I’m sure I will come to terms eventually with PS, but right now this will have to do…