In last two days, you’ve given direction to your food photography. You’ve studied work of some outstanding food photographers. Then you’ve decided what subjects you would like to shoot during the 30-Day challenge.
In next few days we will focus on how to improve photographic composition.
Creating a good composition requires you to make several decisions. In next few days, we will look at three decisions that everyone needs to make for creating a photograph.
The first of those decisions is camera angle – the angle from which you chose to shoot the subject. Your photographic composition will be have more impact if you consciously make this decision, rather than pressing the button number of times and waiting for a beautiful photo to appear automatically.
Most Common Camera Angle To Shoot Food
What do you think is the most common camera angle used by new food photographers?
It’s typically between 45 degree to 60 degree when measured from horizontal surface. This is the most common angle not because food looks beautiful at this angle, but because most people don’t make a conscious decision about the camera angle.
If you notice, 45 degree to 60 degree is also the normal viewing angle for food. Food at this angle looks pretty boring.
So if this is not the angle of choice, what is the best camera angle to use?
The answer is quite simple: it depends. It depends on what type of food is it. It depends on how food is plated. The angle of choice depends on lot of different things.
If you’ve been listening to LFP food photographer interviews, you’ll know that almost all photographers explore their subject a lot.
They start in one position with a certain camera angle in mind, and they move around their subject or move towards the subject or move away from it. They explore the subject from different angles. Exploring your perspective and camera angle is part of the process.
Finding the best camera angle for your subject is also an exploration. You have to work and explore your subject and find the angle that makes it look beautiful. In the extra (blue) section below, there is more reading material for those interested.
Here’s today’s assignment.
Estimated Time – 30 mins
Step 1 – Choose a subject to shoot. Finish preparations and set it up on the surface.
Step 2 – Now decide the camera angle you would like to start with. Take a photo from this angle.
Step 3 – Now change this camera angle. Take photo from a new angle and repeat this until you have exhausted options and are satisfied with the outcome.
Step 4 – Review all the photos you’ve taken. Do not skip this step. Count how many different camera angles you used.
Step 5 – In the comments below, share how many different camera angles you used and tell us at which angle did you get the best result. (If you don't want to use Facebook or Google login, click the option to post as a guest.)
Step 6 –Upload your best photo in the lesson album in course facebook group. Next, view what other participants have uploaded and leave a thoughtful comment on their photo in the lesson album in the facebook group. [Important: You will need to be a group member to see the album page. Please make sure you have requested access for the Course Facebook group, without this you won't be able to see any of the lesson albums].
Now for those who would like to learn more. Below are some more details... yes! but please take action. Don't just read and forget, do something about it.
Choosing A Camera Angle
There are some guidelines, you can follow to decide what camera angle would work for your subject. Let's look at these:
- Food Structure - Does your food dish have a good height? Or is it more flat? This can help you choose a better camera angle. Food with height look better at a lower camera angle, where as, food with no height may look more appealing when shot top-down.
- Background - Is the background noisy or distracting? Is there a certain angle that will minimize the noise and distractions in the background?
- Direction of Light - We will talk about lighting in future, but is there a certain angle that accentuates the light and texture in food?
Here are some more articles to read about choosing a camera angle: