Lesson 5 – Frame It With Your Eyes

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How will you frame?

The Frame – a rectangle (or square) that captures the story for a food photographer.

In this assignment, your goal is to frame your next food photo. But wait… it’s not as simple as it seems.

Frame is the third element of composition.

For me - the viewer who’s looking at your photo, all I can see is the frame and what you as a food photographer chose to put inside the frame. I can only look at that one frame and try to understand the story that you as a photographer are trying to tell me. That frame is my world, in fact that’s all I know about your story.

Yes, anything that sneaked in the frame that shouldn’t have, it is because, you as a photographer gave that permission. That small corner in the back that crawled in because you let it, is now causing distraction… it’s on you – the photographer.

When it comes to composing a photo for that recipe, you as food photographer have made a choice. You have made a choice knowingly or unknowingly, to let certain objects get in the frame and leave out some objects. Just like camera angle and depth of field, this decision needs to be made consciously.

Not only what’s in the frame or outside the frame, you’ve also made a decision where to place the subject within the frame. You can decide to follow the rule of thirds and place the cake on the thirds or place it all the way to the bottom of the frame. You may choose to put it right in the middle.

You as a photographer need to make that choice.

You as a photographer may choose to show only two-third of the bowl of soup in the frame. The other one-third may be outside the frame, but you’ve made that decision too. Once again, not only what you include in the frame makes a difference, but what you chose to exclude makes a lot of difference too.

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Oh.. and those drinks that you shot using a horizontal frame, that’s another decision that you made on how to frame that shot. Whether to shoot horizontally or vertically is again a decision that you should make consciously.

Let’s review all the decision related to the frame you as a food photographer need to make:

  1. What should be included in the frame?
  2. What should be excluded from the frame?
  3. Where should the main subject be in reference to the frame?
  4. Where should I place other elements in relation to the main subject?
  5. Should the frame be vertical or horizontal?

Depending on Day 2 and the “feeling” you want in the photo, the answer to each one of these questions is different for everyone and for every subject.

In today’s assignment, you will need to construct the frame carefully, cautiously and patiently. But before getting to the assignment…

Answer This in Comments

In last two days, when you’ve shot the photos, did you think about the frame? Did you choose horizontal frame or vertical frame for a specific reason? Did you consciously decide what to include and what to exclude?

Tell us in the comments, how you made this choice. If you unknowingly chose the frame, tell us about that in the comments. If the answer is “I don’t know” that’s fine.

Today’s Assignment Step by Step

Read the entire assignment before you pick up your camera. Estimated Time: 30 – 60 mins

If you have any questions or problems about the course, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page. Also the blue box below has some suggested reading if you'd like to know more on a certain topic. Take a look at what we have below.

In this assignment, you will make decisions about the frame and then make photos using those decisions. Let’s get started…

Step 1 – Choose the subject from your list you created on Day 2.

Step 2 – Set up the subject and the props/background you plan to use. Do not change this setting in the entire assignment.

Step 3 - Get ready to shoot the first photo. Decide how you want to orient the frame – horizontal or vertical. Which type would you use and why? If the answer is I don’t know, that’s okay. Pick one.

Step 4 – Next decide where would you like to place the subject inside the frame. You can try placing the subject on the “thirds” as defined in rule of thirds. Or you could decide to place the subject on the edge or cut a portion of the subject by pushing it outside the frame. Again, chose one placement. If you can’t decide., pick any one.

Step 5 – In step 3 & 4 you’ve made decisions about frame orientation and where to place the subject relative to the frame. Now keeping these two decisions in mind, shoot one photograph. Only one.

Step 6 – Change the frame orientation and change the placement and shoot at least 5 different photographs.

Step 7 – Post the photograph from Step 5 and the best photo from Step 6 in the lesson album in 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].

Step 8 – Study the photos posted in the lesson album in facebook group.


The box below contains resources to help you deep dive into this lesson. These resources are sometimes books, sometimes specific posts from our food photography blog and sometimes interviews with food photographers.

Suggested Reading

  • I wanted to put this breakfast in a frame within a frame. The mood I wanted to create was one of simplicity and homeliness.

    • The composition is nice, but the blue color cast is not pleasing. I would remove that. Also, the ‘pinked’ edge of the linen looks great. It adds interest and detail. I am a little confused about what is the subject. Is the small bowl the main course, ie granola, for the breakfast meal. Are the pears and milk to be applied to the granola to complement the meal? If that is the case, then why are they more prominent in the image than the granola? As you can tell, I am getting mixed messages here.

    • Karen Schmautz

      I think your composition is very nice, but I wish it were flipped with the cereal being in the front. I would also suggest adjusting the white balance to warm up the photo a little. I do like the diagonals. That adds interest to the shot.

    • Nguyen Hoang Yen

      Composition is nice! But photo looks blue. I think you should adjust white balance.

    • Sharon

      I really like the way you have arranged this photo Lynne. The milk jug, the spoons and the tablecloth look great. I too am a little unsure of where to look first when I see this pic. The bowl of fruit and the muesli are both fighting for my attention, but in terms of framing I think this arrangement is nicely done, particularly with the angle of the placemat.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Nice try, I can’t agree more with Nguyen’s comment and add that the pic is underexposed… sorry… 🙁 It makes me feel that you are eating your breakfast at night!

      • Thanks Kris, I’ll take that on board.

  • http://focussedonfood.blogspot.co.nz/ I posted the photograph but it did not show up. You can also find it at http://focussedonfood.blogspot.co.nz/

  • Thanks Susan, that is really helpful.

  • Angel Simón

    Here are my two photos. I decided to shoot spices and raw pasta at the beginning, but I think I will shot what I have at hand every day. (Grilled baby squid today jejejeje…)The horizontal one is my first shot, (step 5) and the vertical one is the better of five with the orientation changed (step 6). Excuse me for my english and I hope you all understand me.

    • I really prefer the horizontal frame, though I usually prefer a portrait mode (vertical). The horizontal frame looks like the grilled baby octopus are set just for me!

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Cheryl

    • Irine Gromova

      Lovely! First picture shows more story and I think it’s even welcoming to try it

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Irine

    • Sharon

      Definitely love the horizontal frame. It really tells a story of a meal freshly prepared, just served and ready to eat!

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Sharon, you have described it just like it is…

    • Ingrid Ortiz

      I like your first photo. It’s a stronger image. The framing of your plate in the second photo looks like it was accidentally chopped instead of deliberately.
      Lovely light, btw.

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Ingrid. This is the difference between to use or not to use a tripod.

    • I like the first one.

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Debi

    • The first one with the fork and knife tells more story.

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Elis

    • Nabeela Ismail

      First is lovely for sure!

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Nabeela

    • Kitchen Karma

      I agree with Elis, the first one! Tells a complete story 🙂

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Kitchen Karma

    • diana frias ezcurra

      Clearly horizontal one, but maybe add a little more green over the oil to keep the balance on the right side.

      • Angel Simón

        I will try your advice. Thanks Diana.

    • Love everything about the horizontal shot – the gorgeous squid, the plate cropped by the side of the frame, the rustic napkin under the plate, the knife and fork and the table top. This photo is beautifully composed. Well Done Angel!

      • Angel Simón

        Thanks Dani. My face is turning red jijijiji…

    • The 1st pic tells a story! Much better than 2nd one!

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Manpreet.

    • Kairit

      First picture is more complete and storytelling. Lovely colours – beoutiful pinkish squid, these yellow drops of oil and blue napkin. Very inviting.

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Kairit 🙂

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi I like the first one which gives more atmosphere, however when photographing the scene it might be an idea to choose a smaller plate in order to bring the food – which is the main subject as I understand – into the scene. More over be careful that the colored cloth in the bottom is not to distract the viewers attention. Nice choice however with blue as a complementary color to yellow. Did you try with a different color complementary to the color of the food?

      • Angel Simón

        Thank you Jens Erik. I try to choose props according to food color usually (complementary colors). And sometimes I use neutral color props like white, or cream color. I think we get with time and time of photos, our eyes educated to see it automatically. Hope you understand, excuse me for my english.

  • Karen Schmautz

    Two pictures of strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar (one of my favorite desserts). I decided to use a horizontal and a vertical frame. The vertical is up close and personal. I’m not sure that tells the story as well as the first one.

    • Karen, I am shocked I have the exact same table cloth. It came from my Mother-in-Law many years ago and I have never seen one like it before. Like second shot best, looks scrumptious.

      • Karen Schmautz

        That’s wild. This is just a little dresser topper that I inherited from my grandmother. It’s handmade (cross stitch) and it is only about 12″x18″. It must have been a popular pattern.

    • Irine Gromova

      So delisious! I like the angle of first photo

    • I like the vertical one better…

    • Ingrid Ortiz

      I much prefer the bottom photo. Great job! For me it tells more of a story. It looks like an easy mid morning snack. I want to grab a strawberry & start dunking. 🙂

    • Second one because the tablecloth is so “mighty” in the first one.

    • Nabeela Ismail

      I’m not usually a fan of close-ups, but I like the second one here!

    • Kitchen Karma

      I kind of like both 🙂

    • Catherine Castro

      I like the vertical one. because of the lighting that focuses on the strawberries. This picture make me want to take a bite of that:)

    • Angel Simón

      The vertical one is a great composition and drive our eyes in the right direction to read the photo. You have reached a mouthwatering picture. Congrats.

    • The second one is the more intriguing one for me.

    • For me it’s the vertical shot.

    • Deepa

      The 2nd one has my vote!

    • diana frias ezcurra

      2nd pic is great

    • Jackie Rudberg

      Great photo – I too like the vertical one.

    • 2nd pic looks more appealing!

    • Kairit

      The second picture, because it shows the strawberries as a main hero. Even though the tablecloth is very beautiful, It draws attention from the strawberries away.

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like both! but

      i feel the second one vertical , is more dramatic(dof), appealing (that brown ingredient, and its left side’s cherry, texture, shape, color,) and nicely composed! I like it!

    • wow.. I can’t believe that strawberries and brown sugar are best friends.. They look great, Karen!!!!

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi Karen. I like your second shot, eventhough they both are nice, mainly due to the fact that the tablecloth in the first picture is taking too much attention to my eye. 🙂

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Karen! You are going to drive me crazy with your juicy strawberries. Their season in the location where I live is already over! 🙁
      p.s. I love the way you captured the light. May I ask what type of camera and lens do you use? Thank you…

      • Karen Schmautz

        Thank you! I use a Canon 5D Mark III and I think the lens I was using was the 24-70mm f/2.8. It’s a lovely little lens.

        • Kris Giamouridou

          Thank you for the information! Enjoy the rest of the day…

  • Karen Waples

    My decision was to do a vertical overhead, with placement on the top third and the right third. With overhead, orientation is hard. So only 1 image today – which was done at the time of Lesson 4, due to work commitments

  • Karen Waples

    My choice is for horizontal overhead, with subjects on top third and right third. Orientation for overhead is just overhead. Done the same day as Lesson 4 due to work commitments….

    • Irine Gromova

      i love this one!

    • Jackie Rudberg

      This photo is beautiful – I could picture it in Bon Appetit!

      • Karen Waples

        Thanks Jackie, that is a lovely compliment! Made my day

    • Very tempting and nicely done. Like the composition and the color coordination of the props.

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Cool – very contrasty. Have you tried to open up the shadows a bit using a reflector?

  • Sarah Linden

    I included three here, mostly because I’d love your feedback. I’m leaning towards the one with the bread. Also–something I’m learning about myself–I love using a large DOF, but sometimes it cause blur in areas I need to be sharp. I’d love a tether so I can see the photo on my computer as I’m taking them. It’s hard to see that kind of detail on the small DSLR screen.

    • mymorna

      I like the bottom one best! The background is nice and clean, without patterns, while the bread does provide with more of a reference point!

      • Sarah Linden

        Thank you for the comments!

    • yes…with the bread for sure!

      • Sarah Linden

        Thank you for your feedback, Debi!

        • you are most welcome… and feel free to comment on anything I do as well. That’s how we learn.

    • I like the third photo too. The bread makes me think of scooping up some sauce. Yum!

    • Sharon

      I do like the top down photo Sarah, but it’s missing something; maybe a bit of bread or a napkin and some cutlery. It’s a great photo but the money shot is definitely the last one. Great DoF with the blurry bread in the background and lovely lighting. The vertical frame really does it justice and that pasta looks great! 🙂

      • Sarah Linden

        Sharon, a napkin would have helped that third photo! You’re so right. Great eye. Thanks for the helpful feedback.

    • Ingrid Ortiz

      I agree.. The third has my vote too!

    • Also 3rd 🙂

    • Nabeela Ismail

      I don’t usually like close-ups, but I like the third best here! 🙂

    • Glenda Embree

      love, love, love that third one!

    • Kitchen Karma

      I also like the 3rd photo. The pasta is getting a lot more attention here and the bread is adding to the meal feel rather than distracting, if you know what I mean.

    • Fernando

      Mi warm vote for the third one, Sarah, gorgeous indeed.

      • Sarah Linden

        Thanks, Fernando!

    • Catherine Castro

      I like all the photos! 🙂

    • marion

      love the third one !!!!

    • Angel Simón

      I love the third one too. Is a great shot. The unfocused zone on first picture doesn’t works well.

    • The third, but I like also the first

    • Julie Benz

      Hi Sarah, I love the first- a more rustic mood but I am looking less at the plate… I really like the third one, bread definitely works well, but maybe the third just a tiny bit too cropped horizontally?

      • Yeah have to agree – looking again maybe cropped to tight horizontally, but still great photo.

      • Sarah Linden

        Julie, you may be correct about the cropping. Good eye. Thanks for the feedback!

    • Nicole Campbell

      I actually like your first shot as I think you have captured the pasta really well. I find the bread in the background of your third shot slightly distracting.

      • Sarah Linden

        Thanks, Nicole! I love that your feedback provides a different perspective than most of the others. Helps me to see my work in a different light.

    • love the third!

    • Very nice !!! Simple, perfect, beautiful…

    • Nice! I like the first and third…the bread adds just a bit more interest to the photo. I also love the detail of the “fabric” on the first. A combination of the two would be perfect in my book. Great job!!

      • Sarah Linden

        Judy, great idea to combine the two. Thanks for the helpful feedback. 🙂

    • I like all three lol

    • Jackie Rudberg

      I think these photos are beautiful. I too like the one with the bread – I think it adds a layer of depth and texture to the photo.

    • Number 3 for Me as well. First two shots just say “food”. The last one makes it a meal.

    • Claudia Briandi

      Me gusta mucho el recorte de la foto.
      I really like the photo cutout.

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like the top and the bottom ones, but I am leaning toward the top one. I like the fringe on the linen and the background. It is simple and looks delicious.

      • Sarah Linden

        Thank you, Karen!

    • Lynne317

      Love them all, but like everyone who has commented, the 3rd is charming

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like the first one and the third one the most!

    • giovanni balsamo

      First one for me , cause bread has no business in a plate of pasta , been a chef and Italian I can tell that for sure , beautiful lighting by the way.

      • Sarah Linden

        Giovanni–thank you for telling me this! Where I live, bread is a really common side dish when we eat pasta, so I didn’t think twice about putting the bread in the bowl. Hearing this feedback from you helps me ensure I’m creating an accurate picture of the food.

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi Sarah! Nice pictures. I really like the last one – a small tip could be to use a reflector to open the shadows a bit in the lower right corner of the picture.

      • Sarah Linden

        Great point, Jens. Thank you for the feedback!

  • For the first pic I went horizontal just because it seemed more straight forward for the subject matter. I placed the spices in the upper third horizontal line. My favorite pic from changing the placement. I went straight above at about a 80 degree and I tilted the angle a bit in a way to make the spice look like they are curving slightly. They we not moved. The result is much more effective and almost personal, like you can touch them.

  • Sharon

    Wow, this was a tough one for me. I struggle with composition at the best of times and figuring that out for both vertical and horizontal frames posed some challenges. Because of my subject matter, I usually shoot in vertical but I actually prefer the horizontal here. Anyhow, here are my two images. Any and all feedback welcome 🙂

    • Sarah Linden

      Sharon–I prefer the second shot! And that avocado…that’s the surprise element. 🙂 Never would have guess it was an ingredient if I had see only the glass of smoothie.

    • I like the first one where the avo kind of stays a surprise but is revealed.

    • Angel Simón

      I prefer the first one, paying attention on the main subject. And I think is a better composition.

    • lovely!

  • Ingrid Ortiz

    I intentional chose everything in the frame both days though I know I didn’t always make the decisions with my story in mind.

  • I shot these at a vertical angle to mimic the tower of s’mores.

    • nice

      • Kitchen Karma

        The second photo is lovely, you must have had a tough time keeping the stack steady during the photo shoot!

        • hahaha.. I bet she had a tough time lol, but it worthed!

    • Wow, the second tower is much bigger! In a restaurant you could charge the double price 🙂

    • The second one is my pic but it needs to be a bit more clear.

      • yes! I’ll use my tripod from now on! thanks for the feedback 🙂

  • Anne Livingston

    My first pic I framed in horizontal view to make room for the cascading redcurrants. I wanted to have them coming down “clockwise” so that the eye enters into the picture from the top left, hits the top of the redcurrants, flows down along the stems, and circles back up. I wanted to have a nice white negative shape on the top left of the picture.

    The second shot I chose because it’s so stark. I like to imagine the eye entering to the red, but is lifted up a bit by the stem, to enter again, or explore the white.

    What do you think, did that work like I meant it to?

    PS I am not thrilled with the light.I feel like it’s all a little too dark, like I should have had more intense bounce going on, on the right.

    • much preferred the first photo.

    • Hi Anne! I hope, you don’t mind, that I did some Photoshop with your redcurrent. My english is not so good to explain what I mean, but maybe the pic does. I like the second frame but for me it is too much going out of the picture.

    • Anne, it seems to me you can lighten up the right side in
      Oat.

      • Oops, auto correct… Seems you can lighten up the right in post.

    • Alessandro

      Hallo Anne, i think the first one is on line with your idea. the guide lines make me able to see all the frame and see it again. I think is a good job.
      But to be onest i prefer the second one. Red color has a grat visul impact and put in too much disturb me a little. Furthermore the position of the berries live space on the left side for a title, a receipe (and soo on).
      It suggest something like: “hey, I’m here, who whan to discover something else!”

      For light i’m agree with you a little bit more was better (probably using a reflector panne to lighten the front side will be a solution)

    • Deepa

      Ohhh….really like the 2nd one…..very mysterious!

    • I like the top image – love the back lighting to make currants translucent, foreground and background blending with no joins. Complementary colours of the red and blue, the different textures of fruit and box. Lots of white space for text if called for.

    • I like the idea you have on the second picture, but maybe doing this horizontal may have been better, less white space. I think it has too much of an empty space to really appreciate it.

    • Mimis Kingdom

      Second one is beautiful… 🙂

      • Anne Livingston

        Thank you, Mimis!

  • Hi All,

    Very busy working day so used my lunch break and completed my assignment there. Was fun, and luckily not too many people around 🙂
    Here we go, hope you like my pics!

    • the first one, the second is empty in story.

    • lovely and clean 🙂

    • I am going with the overhead shot, but I am a sucker for over head shots lol

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like them both, but the second one tells more of the story of just the food while the top one makes it a little less the main focus but part of the story of the place and my eye is drawn away from the food to check out the place. Both really nice. It just depends upon what you are trying to say.

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Hi, i like both of your picture same!
      As in your 1st pic, i like your idea to show the main subject with the surrounded area, the table, other plates etc. , and at the background the window of glass i guess and the other table and chairs, these all tells me that i’m sitting at the table , having a plate of salad , and just leaning forward to see it closely, ‘wow! how nicely this ingredients cuts and arranged in a plate, loving it!’ As the dof is also selectively chosen to the Sean! I like it!
      In the 2nd pic , yes my eyes directs to the main subject, and also like the shape of the white bg, as reminds me this is my third eye! Loving it!

  • …My theme is “pantry items” and tonight was “snacks”. I decided to shoot horizontally… I usually do anyway but this really lent itself to it and shot overhead. I did try to shoot in portrait but it just looked awful. After my 5-6 shots I really preferred the “side” angle much better.

  • Ana Munoz

    5+6I like the second exploration better (6 vertical).

    • Angel Simón

      I prefer vertical one.

    • Both are very nice, but yes I really like the second look.

  • Hi everyone,

    Seem to be getting more efficient with this.

    In the last 2 days I believe I have consciously thought about my frame. This has been my habit for a while. Having said that I do experiment with frame orientation and placement within the frame just in case I come up with something that surprises me. Probably why I take so many photos at a time.

    For my first photo, I chose horizontal frame because I thought the placement of the pizza doughs warranted it. I also consciously decided to make the doughs the main focus but suggest the rolling pin with it’s placement cropped by the frame.

    The second photo suprised me. I thought with the vertical placement of the dough in the picture, a vertical orientation of the frame would work better. I was actually unimpressed with my vertical photos. The photo I have chosen actually stood out to me because of the space around the dough on the board, something not captured in my vertical shots.

    • The second.. I love shots like that

    • Alessandro

      I like both beacuse are telling two different storyes. The first one introduce to the pizza preparation (is dinamic), the second one tell about the previus stage, when dough have a rest for rise (is static).
      If I’ve to find something wrong (for my poin of view) I will suggest you to use a bit more space in the bottom of the second shot.

      • Thanks for your feedback Alessandro! I think you are right that the second shot could use some space at the bottom. I love your insight as to the dynamic and static feel of the photos.

      • I can see that about the second picture, a little more room and the picture would be perfect

    • I definitely love photo 1 and I love the rolling pin in the shot. The second one isn’t bad, I would really love it if the lighting was a bit better, it’s a bit too dark for me.

    • Kairit

      I would pick the first photo with the rolling pin – pizza making in progress. Every element is important, everything is in focus.

  • Is there a possibility to remove pictures which I have already posted?

  • Areej

    These are my 2nd 3 pictures

    • Hanan Moh’d Smadi

      Great shoots areej.. i like the first one..

  • Areej

    Sorry this is the third one

  • Bam’s Kitchen

    I just purchased my first DSL camera a few weeks ago and feeling a bit overwhelmed by how my I have to learn. I have the camera manual out on the table now. Today it is overcast and raining and horrible lighting so sorry about the lighting issues. Do you like the first or second photo better?

    • Meg White

      Definitely the first! Love it!

    • First one! Well done, its hard when you don’t have good lighting but I think yours is fine.

    • Karon

      I like the last pic best, gives the feeling of the beans being part of a recipe

    • Definitely prefer the second picture. The lower angle compresses the picture more and puts the emphasis on the beans in front. The composition in the second picture is more casual which I prefer.

    • The lighting is actually pretty good. You are doing great. Don’t worry I have had my camera for a long time now and I am just really getting to know it 🙂 I love pictures 2 and 3, but 3 is my favorite 🙂 The first picture would be great if you can focus on the green beans and blur out the napkin.

    • Kairit

      I prefer the third one. And lighting is actually good.

      • Bam’s Kitchen

        Thanks for everyone’s feedback. Have a super weekend!

  • OM

    Good morning! Here are my 5+6. I like both, but probably the horizontal one tells a tiny bit more of a story 🙂 What do you think?

    • aPathite

      Yep, for me it’s also the horizontal one. How would it be if your main character in the front would also be in the vertical photo?

      • OM

        Thank you! I experimented with that one, too, but didn’t like the result. The photo looked way too overloaded.

    • Kitchen Karma

      The first photo is lovely till we see the second one. I agree with you the second one tells more of the story…:-)

      • OM

        thank you! 🙂

    • Catherine Castro

      I also think that the horizontal one tells a story! Nice picture:)

      • OM

        Thank you, Catherine!

    • Angel Simón

      Horizontal one clearly.

    • the horizontal. There is action, the photographer did what everyone wants to do… giving a bite to these little indulgences.

    • I like the horizontal one because it shows the cake has a hole in the middle like a tiny bundt cake. I couldn’t tell that from the first photo.

      • OM

        thanks, Dani!

    • Alessandro

      looking the second one I’d like to take a bite too! love it.

      • OM

        Thank you, Alessandro!

    • I like the second one… the texture inside is perfect.:)

      • OM

        thank you, mignonne! 🙂

    • I like the horizontal best, perhaps with another one on top of the plated pile. But seeing the inside and the crumbs is key to me.

      • OM

        thanks, Judy! I took some photos with the one on the top, however it didn’t look good to me. five on one plate were definitely too much, they looked too dominant and the cake on the right looked too lonely and lost… 🙂

        • Or what about just 3? For some reason I like odd numbers in a group!

    • I love the simplicity of photo 1 – but I also really like the second one with the half eaten little cake hehe

    • Kairit

      The second one. It shows the hole in the middle and the tecture. Love those crumbs too. I would like to have a bite:)

    • The 2nd photo looks more complete sort of….

    • horizontal…yummy

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi – the second one is good however I would like to see that one cropped a bit more even cutting some of the plate in the background away.

  • I had to change from strawberries because my husband ate them last night! Naughty, naughty! I think I prefer the vertical one, which is the first I selected. Weather not great, but tried to shoot these in the garden.

    • Catherine Castro

      i also like the vertical one. 🙂

    • diana frias ezcurra

      I also like more vertical one 🙂

    • Angel Simón

      I agree, vertical one for me.

    • Squadrilla

      Looking at these pictures (these two and the previous from other members) I made some reflections: though in both of them something has been “cut” (the white bowl), in the vertical one it seems ok because you are focalizing on the berries, while in the orizontal one it gives me the feeling that something is missing from the scene and it has been cut for an error.
      I’m not sure if I could express what I’m thinking, but it is quite interesting for me and I’ll think about it when I shoot my pics.
      By the way, I like a lot the vertical picture and thanks for posting and reading my comments 🙂

      • Interesting observation Squadrilla. Thanks for your comments. loved this exercise and I am enjoying the feedback and seeing everyones photos.

    • First I would say..

    • Definitely the first (vertical) one for me. Looks delicious.

    • I am a fan of the first as well. Nice fore/middle/background composition. See if you can recover the highlights in the bowl and get at least a hint of texture back in. Not required of course, but I think it would help.

    • I think the first is brighter and looks good, the second is a bit saturated. The crisp colors from the berries aren’t really coming through

  • I should add, if they look a little different its because I knocked the table and they all rolled off!

  • I recently made focaccia bread, so I decided to chose three photos – one horizontal and two vertical with some changing in composition. I hope you like it.:)

    • Kitchen Karma

      I like the second photo simply because it shows more of the bread…I find the tomato sauce a little distracting…

      • Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it.:)

    • Catherine Castro

      i like the horizontal one:)

    • Angel Simón

      I like the one and three, perhaps just for the touch of color from tomato sauce.

      • Thanks for your commment Angel.:)

      • Yeah I agree, 1 and 3 the colour of the tomato sauce makes all the difference.

    • omg.. I like all the three of them. But maybe the first and third as there is the salsa as well.

    • I agree with Kitchen Karma. 2nd photo is my favourite because it shows the original shape of the flatbread.

    • I love the first and the third one 😀

    • They are all very nice. I can’t pick lol

    • Kairit

      Beautiful slices of focaccia bread, very appetizing. I like all three of them, and these photos made me hungry 🙂

  • Kairit

    Red onion jam. I used vertical and horizontal frames. In the horizontal photo the main focus is on onions and on jar.
    In the second photo the focus is on this little pile of jam, and I think vertical frame works better.

    • aPathite

      Hi @disqus_0oA2Nl5X9I:disqus, both your pictures are great, but I prefere the vertical one. In this one you can see the texture of the food. It’s telling the story of the red onion jam. The vertical makes me want to tast the jam!

      • Kairit

        Thank you! Yes, you are right, the vertical photo shows the texture better. It is my favourite too.

    • Marta

      I like the vertical too. We still know it’s red onion jam from the background. And this way it makes you want to grab that spoon and eat it right away.

    • Angel Simón

      I like vertical one too, perhaps for the focus on the spoon showing the main subject and the second plane making the rest of the story. Great shot.

    • I think the arrangement lends itself to a horizontal frame. I can see why you prefer the vertical, because the jam on the spoon is the focus. I wonder if the horizontal frame with a deep DOF or with a shallow focus on the spoon would work as well?

      • Kairit

        Thank you Dani, I think you are right – horizontal photo would be much better that way.

    • Ingrid Ortiz

      I’m actually going to disagree…I think the top one (landscape) tells a story. Your problem is that the subject, your spoon is fighting for the spotlight. Partly because of the angle & the fact there is no separation betw your subject & your props. 🙂 I DO agree, the texture in your close up is lovely! 🙂

      • Kairit

        Yes, when I observe the vertical photo now, I can see that the spoon acts like a distraction. It should have been focused on or removed completely.

    • I love both, but I am leaning towards the second shot. The clear shot on the spoon and the onions blurred in the back looks lovely.

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like the vertical best because it shows the jam in clear focus and the onion behind giving context.

    • I agree, the vertical seems to tell the story a little better!

    • I like the vertical one.

    • mymorna

      I like the first shot better, the different subjects are more pronounced, less cluttered, in my opinion!

    • I like the composition of the first picture, horizontal frame. I like the second frame for the fact that I can see the texture of the jam clearly in. Even in the second frame, I wish you had placed the spoon closer to the camera, fill that space between that camera and the spoon.

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi I like the second one. Did you try to have a little more DoF (not much) in that picture?

      • Kairit

        I did not, but it would have been a good idea. It would have shown this beautiful cut onion more clearly. I wish I’d done all this in the first photo, because I think the composition is better there. It would have been a good shot.

  • Nabeela Ismail

    I shot my breakfast smoothie. My photo from Step 5 is vertical, as I definitely think this suits the vertical form of shooting a drink or glass. I used berries as props to frame the glass, and made a decision about including or leaving some of the berries cropped out. My step 6 photo is from overhead. I like the way it focuses on the smoothie, with the blurred effect of the berries around the glass.

    • Guest

      I don’t think my second shot uploaded, so here it is

      • Deepa

        The first one is nice but I love the 2nd one!

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thanks for all the feedback!

      • Jackie Rudberg

        Overhead shot is beautiful – love the way the topping stands out against the berry smoothy.

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        I prefer the overhead shot, it is less a less usual angle for smoothies, so it is more exciting.

      • Sawsan Abu Farha

        I like them both! The overhead one is different from the way you usually see smoothies but the first one shows more of the color of the smoothie

    • Angel Simón

      You have changed not only orientation, you have changed also point of view. I think both photos works well, difficult to decide for me.

    • Love the garnish and berries. 2nd shot is my favourite.

    • Another lovely pics from you, Nabeela 🙂

    • I’m usually not much of a fan of overhead shots for drinks, but this one is fantastic! I love the composition. It probably would have worked well vertical too.

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thanks Judy!

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like both, but leaning towards the first one , as imagining if it would have been shot with shallow depth of focus, it may look different than it is now.
      In 2nd pic , i feel only , that the main subject is in dead center like , and it’s quite little bit close enough to see! It is my personal view! Pls, feel free to correct me newhere! I’m new learner!
      Thanks!

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi some feedback. The first one I suggest you lower the angle quite a bit. The second one I agree with Shyamal should have been cropped to get the main subject away from dead center position. But nice job done.

  • Catherine Castro

    I decided to shoot again one of my homemade treats, the graham balls, then i just put them on a spoon. Luckily I have time to shoot earlier the day when I can shoot with natural light, so i guess compare to the past assignments, these photos are much better. First photo I decided to have horizontal as my main orientation because it is more convenient, i just put it on a tripod and take picture. I also decided not to put the entire spoons in the frame so that the focus will be on the food. Then I change the orientation to vertical and change the placement of my subject, and that’s one of the five placement which I really like.

    drop some comments and suggestions. 🙂

    • OM

      I like the horizontal one! The vertical would look better if you center the objects, I think.

      • Catherine Castro

        Thank you. I think your right. 🙂

    • Angel Simón

      I prefer the first one. Composition is better in my opinion.

      • Catherine Castro

        Thank you!:)

    • Squadrilla

      I agree: first one is very beautiful while in the second one it seems that something is missing

      • Catherine Castro

        Thank you. I guess I did not have a good framing with the vertical one:)

      • Agree

    • I would go with picture number 1 – the second one doesn’t look too appetizing (I might have changed the angle of the spoons or done an over head shot), and although your spoons are very cute, I think white simplicity would look nicer with what you cooked up. My opinion and personal preference of course. 🙂

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Hi,
      i feel this is your even better smarter approach towards the lighting, congrats!
      And about the pics, yes i like your 1st pic more, the idea u chose to shoot the subject i like that, the composition i feel is very nice, lighting is even more better than previous , but just only one thing about i feel it quite dissatisfaction , and is just the focus i guess u missed, in my personal opinion, if it would be focused on first ball clearly then the texture over it, would enhance its crispness even more better way, i guess, and the use of shallow dof over here is really worth the subject’s composition, i feel!
      In the 2nd pic i like the arrangement setting u did, but i feel if it would be little bit arranged to the bottom third to the vertical center of the frame then, it could be look much better i guess.
      BTW, I like your new approach! Thumbs up for that!

  • Nature is so beautiful and interesting that it does not need any beautification. Look at this cabbage:)
    I usually take a photograph horizontally, because it is easier to hold the camera. But here I like vertical photo more.

    • Beautiful with the repetition of colors in the background.

    • The second as it tells little more than just the kale.

    • Catherine Castro

      2nd one is better. 🙂

    • Both are great, and you are right, simplicity in vegetables are beautiful.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Pikatoa! I like your photos and the contrast between the curly cabbage and your scenery. The 2nd one has a harsh shadow on the right, perhaps you could avoid or reduce it somehow…

  • Marissa O’Donnell

    Here are my photos for today’s exercise. Showing horizontal and vertical format. My main subject for the 2 shots is the pecan tart/pie.

  • Marissa O’Donnell

    These are the photos I took for today’s exercise. One vertical and one horizontal format. In the 2 photos my main subject is the pecan/tart.

  • Marissa O’Donnell

    Here are the photos I took for today’s exercise. One horizontal and one vertical, the main subject in my photos is the pecan tart.

    • Catherine Castro

      i like the vertical photo:)

      • Marissa O’Donnell

        Thank you Catherine

  • I quiet struggled today and also am not too satisfied .I am usually comfortable with horizontal but today I chose to click vertical. I feel there are lighting issues as well. All feedback welcome. TIA

  • Sandra

    Hi again! I loved this excercise! I set up with a mini studio so I could work with a bit of lighting – it’s night here.. needed artificial light. I put my favorite chopping board in there, and some cuts from my lemon tree. I then decided to use the rule of thirds for my shot, after taking many different angles. I was much happier with the outcome I show here, it is how I pictured it to be.. a home grown lemon, with some slices.. simple, but very happy with it. CC welcome, we’re here to learn after all 🙂

  • First the “Step 5-photo”: As usual I start with a 90 degree angle and the object on the right side. Then I tried various frames and angles and my favorite photo is number two.

    • I hope you can see the photo now.

    • Artistic… I can see only the first one!

    • Anna Shilonosova

      I, too, prefer the first one, it’s lovely!

    • The first one is an adorable one! I love the color you picked: purple! It is very contrast with your subject.

    • Kairit

      My choice is also the first, although like the other too. The first is like a greeting card – just add text, and send to someone.

      • 🙂 – good idea! I will think about it. Thanks Kairit.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Elis!I like the 1rst one a lot, but you could shot it in a way to be more bright! I also like the purple board you used and the way you placed your berries…

  • Sandra

    Hi again! I loved this exercise! I set up with a mini studio so I could work with a bit of lighting – it’s night here.. needed artificial light. I put my favorite chopping board in there, and some cuts from my lemon tree. I then decided to use the rule of thirds for my shot, after taking many different angles. I was much happier with the outcome I show here, it is how I pictured it to be.. a home grown lemon, with some slices.. simple, but very happy with it. CC welcome, we’re here to learn after all 🙂

    • Sandra

      I MUST apologise.. I’m having trouble with this board.. I tried to delete my last post (as I did yesterday) and now they show up as ‘guest’.. I had posted the wrong image 🙁 SO sorry!!!

    • Catherine Castro

      wow. i wish i could also setup a mini studio.:)

      • Sandra

        You can purchase them quite cheap on ebay – I am into miniatures as another hobby and bought it to take photo’s of my work – it’s very handy!

    • I really like the first photo, what is that? The second one is good but the lighting is a bit dark.

      • Sandra

        Hi Kristin, thank you for your comment – the first pic is the props setup, the leaves are from my lemon tree – new growth. I chose the new growth as I wanted the darker colours rather than greens. I have posted another pic where I lightened the image and have removed the lemon slice from below the lemon ‘half’.. I think it looks much better. Didn’t know how to add it to my thread – but all of a sudden NOW I see it.. will post here.. do you think it looks better?

  • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

    My subject was dark chocolate & Guinness ice cream and ice cream bars. I have pictures taken from the same angle, but with slightly different frame. Perhaps I would vote for the first picture where one half of the plate and the whole of the spoon are visible. But I am curious to hear your opinions, as well!

    • You had me with “dark chocolate & Guinness ice-cream!” Sounds divine. Looks divine. Do you have a recipe on a blog that you can share a link?

      By the way, I prefer the first photo.

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you! Actually, I write a food blog mostly on chocolate and ice cream (http://www.pralineparadicsom.hu/), but it is in Hungarian, my native language. So I have just translated the recipe for you 🙂

        Ingredients:
        – 300 ml Guinness Stout
        – 2 egg yolks
        – 50 g unrefined cane sugar
        – 200 ml whole milk
        – 60 g dark chocolate (min. 60% cocoa solids)
        – 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
        – 100 ml whipping cream (min. 30% fat content)

        1. Over moderate heat, let the beer simmer until it is reduced to the half of its original quantity (appr. 150 ml).
        2. Mix the egg yolks with the cane sugar, then add the milk. Over moderate heat, cook the mixture stirring continuously, until the custard thickens and covers the wooden spatula (appr. at 80 degree Celsius).
        3. At this point, add the cocoa powder and the dark chocolate cut previously into pieces and mix with a whisk, until it becomes smooth. Add the beer and the whipping cream. Chill thoroughly in the fridge.
        4. Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker.

        At the end of the churning, I also added some cocoa nib so that the ice cream would have a nice crunchy texture.

        • Wow! Thanks so much Zsuzsanna. Sounds like a great recipe and one I will definitely try. Very much appreciate you taking the time to post it here in English.

    • neetes

      hi – this is a very pretty shot. i prefer the first picture too … and the colours are very well selected

      • I also love the first one. Nice pics!

        • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

          Thanks!

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you.

    • Deepa

      Gorgeous shots and tones but personally I would remove the beer can. I understand what you are trying to portray but I think it’s a bit distracting. 2nd one has my vote!

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you! I will give a second thought next time how I can illustrate beer as an ingredient in the picture.

    • I like brown color palette on both photos.:)

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thanks!

    • Wow! First one – without can 🙂

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you for commenting!

    • Nabeela Ismail

      Incredible shots, I have serious prop envy!

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you!

    • I love it, I love the rustic look with the dark chocolate…. And now I blame you for my chocolate craving! lol

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thanks! 😀

    • Jackie Rudberg

      I second Nabeela! Amazing shots. I too would remove the beer can.

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you! I will try next time some other way to illustrate in the picture that the ice cream contains beer.

    • Kairit

      Very delicious, all those chocolate colors. Love your choice of props – the old tray and silver spoon in the same picture with crushed beer can 🙂

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you for your comment!

    • Kitchen Karma

      I like the first one better, the second one is more on your face, while the first one has a certain distance yet the ice creams are close enough for me to want to pick one up and star eating! Great shots!

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thanks! I absolutely share your opinion.

    • Claudia Briandi

      Muy bonita foto, los colores, luz, todo!
      Very nice photo, colors, light, everything!

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thanks!

    • I like the 2nd shot but without the can. Its distracting I feel.

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thanks! I just wanted to show somehow in the picture that it is beer & chocolate ice cream and not plain chocolate ice cream. But it is an important point to practise.

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like the first one pic too, but that’s true, i also feel that LIGHT YELLOW ORANGE colored ROUND shape of object against that DARK toned main subject, distract little bit too.

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you for your comment. I see your point, I just intended to add somehow the beer can as a prop, without it nothing would indicate that it is not plain chocolate ice cream, but beer & choco ice cream.

        • Shyamal Majmundar

          oh! i understand and appreciate your idea!

    • so beautiful and love the props

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you!

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi – nice colors and props, however I would love to see what happens if you even cropped the last one a bit more.

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thanks for your comment, I will give it a try!

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Good job! Did you make the chocolate-Guiness ice cream?

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you! Yes, I made the ice cream, I write a food blog mainly on chocolate.

        • Kris Giamouridou

          Could you pls send me the link, I would like to try your recipe 🙂

          • Actually, I write my blog (http://www.pralineparadicsom.hu/) in Hungarian, my native language. But yesterday somebody else also asked for the recipe here, so I translated it to English. Here you can find the translated recipe:

            Ingredients:
            – 300 ml Guinness Stout
            – 2 egg yolks
            – 50 g unrefined cane sugar
            – 200 ml whole milk
            – 60 g dark chocolate (min. 60% cocoa solids)
            – 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
            – 100 ml whipping cream (min. 30% fat content)

            1. Over moderate heat, let the beer simmer until it is reduced to the half of its original quantity (appr. 150 ml).
            2. Mix the egg yolks with the cane sugar, then add the milk. Over moderate heat, cook the mixture stirring continuously, until the custard thickens and covers the wooden spatula (appr. at 80 degree Celsius).
            3. At this point, add the cocoa powder and the dark chocolate cut previously into pieces and mix with a whisk, until it becomes smooth. Add the beer and the whipping cream. Chill thoroughly in the fridge.
            4. Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker.

            At the end of the churning, I also added some cocoa nib so that the ice cream would have a nice crunchy texture.

    • Mukul Desai

      Yummy!!!!!

  • Julie Benz

    Apricots… I was looking for a ‘soldiers’ effect that echoed some work I admired by Matt Armendariz, to get out of my more rustic comfort zone. Both f3.5. Not sure which I prefer, but I did learn that moving far away background objects (more apricots here to break the table line) fractionally made a big difference within the frame. Would love any feedback.

    • You used egg cup as props. Very creative! Your pics are also an eye catcher 🙂

    • First… I LOVE RUSTIC LOL – Second I think both phot’s are great.

  • Sandra

    A friend told me my main image was too dark.. I have lightened it a little.. and removed a ‘bit’ that shouldn’t be seen !

  • Christine P

    My subject for today is meringue, bought of course. Regarding the question above, yes, I conciously knew what to include and exclude from my photos because of ilmited space and natural lighting, I need to see what things in the background that could distract the attention from my subject.
    For today’s photo, I tried challenging the vertical frame for the 1st photo and I put some distance between the subject and my camera to give a feeling of ‘depth’, the two chairs at the background is intentional btw.
    Usually I’m more comfortable with horizontal framing, so I’m glad with today’s assignment haha.

    • Christine P

      Another photo I took, which strangely didn’t appear at the first post

  • Anna Shilonosova

    Hi!
    I’m starting to get mixed feelings about broths in general 🙂

    Whoa, this was a tricky one. At first, I did what I had to do in Steps 5 and 6 pretty quickly, uploaded the photos on my computer, took a closer look at them and came to a conclusion that 4 out of 5 photos from Step 6 came out to be very similar to the one in Step 5 in the sense of proportions. And then I realized that I forgot to do one more shot, so I went back to the set, took it and so here it is 🙂 I like both of them.
    This was a very useful task as in the process I once again understood that I lack skill in setting up a complicated still life and tend to shoot close-ups rather than different kinds of photos.

    • Anna Shilonosova

      P.S.^ had to liven up the soup with some dried herbs in the last pic, as it got cold and unappetizing 🙂

    • Hi Anna,
      I think you’ve done really well. I cannot pick a favourite – they are both equally good in my opinion. Two very different photos but they both work.

      • Anna Shilonosova

        Thank you, Dani! That’s what I think, too! 🙂

    • I am hungry now… nice pics Anna!!!

      • Anna Shilonosova

        Thanks! 🙂

    • Deepa

      The second shot is definitely the more intriguing of the 2!

      • Anna Shilonosova

        :))

    • Anna,

      Both of these work equally well. The first says: “Let’s share a bowl of broth”, the second: “This is DELICIOUS”. Framing on the second one works better. Top and bottom of the frame clipped slightly off center which is superb, keeps. Nice balance between the diagonal of the grain/texture in the wood and roundness of the bowl rim and the edge of the broth.

      • Anna Shilonosova

        Thanks! Your comment is a very detailed one, very useful!

    • Both are very nice, but the second picture is my favorite. It looks really clean and really delicious. I find taking pictures of soup is pretty hard…. I just posted one recently on my blog and I had to open the outside plantation shutters to try and let some sun light in because it started pouring outside and the lighting in my house was horrible. This picture came out amazing. LOVE IT

      • Anna Shilonosova

        Thank you! 🙂

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Hi, I like both the pics.
      In first pic, i like the framing u did, bowls two bowl, loved it the shape , the color, design, the material’s reflectivity (glossiness)

      etc, and finally that green object floating on liquid , that just grabs the first attention of the viewer to it, So, i like it in that way!
      In the 2nd pic, first i like the transparency of the liquid, and the 2nd thing i like is that crispy tiny tiny ingredient, as are not in too much in quantity and not in less also, and are spreaded around nicely so that it doesn’t look clutter to me. I like it!
      How did u do it , did u arrange it like that purposefully or it just happened, i’m curious to know about, how to do that!

      • Anna Shilonosova

        Thank you!
        Yes, these bowls are ones of my favourite 🙂
        The ingredient was just randomly scattered out on the soup surface; it’s just some ordinary spice for soups or meat, I chose it here because it has a yellowish color in it (because of saffron), and it fits the color of the broth.

        • Shyamal Majmundar

          Thanks for your reply! and really it looks beautiful, it’s magical to me but, u know it’s by your regular practice, that u can do it so nicely expertly! i like it!

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Anna! Pls do not misunderstand my feedback, these thoughts came spontaneously to my mind… In the 1st pic I have the feeling (cause of the angle) that these lovely bowls are going to fell from your table. I like though the fact that your soup is ”clear” and that makes me want to eat it. On the other hand the seasoning in the 2nd one is too messy…

  • Nicole Campbell

    Unfortunately my work commitments are getting in the way of this course and I don’t feel I am investig the time I need to at the moment. Again I had to take these shots at night and I much prefer to use natural daylight. I took the portrait shot first and the landscape was the last of multiple different shots and camera angles. The other problem I had with this image is that my husband ate most of the cake before I got home from work which left a wonky piece of cake for me to photograph!

  • Here’s my 2, the first one was planned as a square, and I like that one more.
    Chose this frame to have half rounds in the picture corners to fit all items nicely in and have a geometrical feel to it.
    From the other frames I did not really like any, but that’s probably my bad composition to start with. The second is the best in my mind in that lot.

    • These are good, but I am not sure what you are focusing on, the first dish, second or the smoothie?

      • My aim was to get an overview of all three equally, not focusing on any single dish. I have so many food photos that have been taken at shallow depth of field and probably with these settings I could have chosen one to focus on to have a overall better outcome, but my aim is to practice the opposite.
        So with these lessons here, I am aiming to get pictures about the table , like the overview of the entire setting, so these photos I took with f16 and even f22 to get everything equally.
        As said, still practicing and different composition might have worked better for what I had in mind.

  • aPathite

    This morning I noticed a new work-of-art. It is made from the blades of a windturbine and called the “dream of the future” (to use wind as energy source).
    Back to food: when I took pictures of it I saw inside one of the blades a note that said ordered for “pasta at the arrows”. So I decide to use forks as turbine blades and pasta as the core of the windmill.

    After my initial picture (top left) I tried vertical photo’s, although the ‘windmill’ was clearly visible, it was a very dull picture. So of the second serie I liked a more cropped version better (top right).

    In the bottom a serie from my inspiration, with many thanks to Wilco for his note 😉

    • Elina Belova

      Cool.

    • Intriguing inspiration! Pasta shot on the right works better than the one on the left. More dynamic.

      • aPathite

        Thanks @bob_curry:disqus, when I look at them I think your right. (although next time I would reposition the forks a bit to show them better)

    • Deepa

      The pasta shots are very cool. Love the drama!

      • aPathite

        Thanks!

  • I’m playing catch up by doing several lessons with today’s breakfast. I’ll share my set up and my best–I see that my focus is off, but my morning tea is in that mug and I’m not firing on all cylinders yet. I found the napkin too distracting in all photos, so I cropped it out for my best one.

    • Nabeela Ismail

      Both shots are great, but I actually really like the second. Thanks for sharing your set-up too! Always interesting to see.

    • I can see what you mean about picture 1 but it’s not bad at all. I definitely love picture 2 and I can do without picture 3. It’s too distracting and you are looking at everything around you, except the main focus which should be the food.

  • For today, I picked coffee as my subject.
    First I want to take the pic from up above at angle 90°, and had a lot of creative problem on my side, because I used only 2 props at a time, and didn’t know how to place it “correctly”.. My head went blank lol… I decided then to take a coffee in my cup as a hero.

    Then I decided to take the picture in portrait frame, my fave frame (I don’t
    know why, I just love it lol).. I had a little bit problem with smoke
    that appears from the coffee, but I figured it out how to.

    So now, I can enjoy the coffee 😀

    Your comments are very welcomed!

    • Alessandro

      i could only say: YESSSSSS!
      yess I like both
      yes i would like a coffeeeeeeee!

      • Here, take it, I made enough coffee for … I would say… 4 people lol

        • Alessandro

          YESSSSS……again! ;=)

          • Wow, the smoke on the second one! So beautifully captured. Love it! Well done.

          • Thank you for your comment 🙂

    • diana frias ezcurra

      I liked both images, but prefer your portrait frame pic.

      • Thank you for your comment, Diana

    • Katharina

      I love the second pic…..I can almost smell the coffee!

      • my living room is now filled with the smell of coffee, a new room freshener lol

    • I prefer the second one because of the smoke. It is so inviting and as Katharina wrote: You can smell it!

      • Thank you very much, Elis 😀

    • I prefer the second one… smoking hot coffee.:)

      • thank you, Mignonne 🙂

    • Catherine Castro

      Wow! I love both pics. 🙂

      • thank you, Catherine 🙂

    • WOW I love both angles, the over head one looks so cool and well… i love overhead shots, but the second one is amazing as well. I love that you can see the smoke on the second picture. <3 IT

      • Thank you Kristin! I am glad you like it! 😀

    • Kairit

      Yes, the second one. This little hint of steam – so great. How did you do that? I have tried to capture steam, but almost always failed.

      • Hi Kairit,
        I did it with a flashlight pointing at the smoke perpendicular and my camera is in a live view mode.
        Almost always failed means you succeed at least one, right? 😛 And how did you do that?
        Thanks for commenting, Kairit 🙂

        • Kairit

          The thing is, I dont know how I did that. These were happy accidents 🙂 Capture a smoke was not my intention these times.

    • Karen Schmautz

      I love the second one with that steam rising and the beans fading off into the dark background. Really nice.

      • many thanks, Karen 🙂

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Yes, i also like the 2nd one vertical pic, but only thinking about that white cup as over exposed , does it work or justify this pic in food photography! I feel graphically and color contrast vice it justifies to me but technically how the white should be, over exposed or exposed? Curious to know ! I’m new learner.

      • Hi Shyamal, I don’t really get your question. You asked me about why is my cup overexposed, right? And is it wrong or is it okay? And how it should be.

        I’ve checked again my histogram, and yes, you were right. It shows me an overexposed area right below the smoke.
        I can’t answer you whether it is right or not to be over exposed :s Some says overexposure is beautiful, some says not. Some other says that underexposure is fine..

        If you think that my cup is overexposed, than it is overexposed. And yes, my histogram shows an area that being over 🙂 but whether it’s right or not.. well…

        Thanks for your question Shyamal, I hope I can fulfill your curiosity 🙂

        • Shyamal Majmundar

          Oh! yes, u got my question correctly, and i little bit satisfied with your answer, which i feel is uncertain, because, i feel it is not the photographer but the audience or viewer who decides wht they likes and disllikes.
          Well, i learn one thing by this that there is only one rule , that there is no rule to follow in photography, I guess! LOL!

          • Shyamal Majmundar

            BTW, thanks Jane for your reply! helps alot!

          • hehe.. yep, right.
            There are many rules on photography, i.e rule of third; but again, some says they love to follow the rule, the others not.
            You, as the photographer, always choose the best thing for your picture. Whether is good or not, it’s a matter of taste.

          • Shyamal Majmundar

            hmmm! I like that ! btw thanks again!

          • a pleasure, Shyamal 😀

    • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

      Great shots! I prefer the second one, not just because of the steam. For me, the first one is too symmetrical, the cup is right in the middle of the frame, while in the second this is not the case, which makes the whole story more exciting 🙂

      • Yes, Zsuzsanna. The first picture is a dead center pic. I broke the rule 😛

    • Even I like the second frame. Love that steam

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi I like the second one, but I’m not sure what you want to tell. I would love to see the last one ever more cropped from the upper right corner and down letting the cup filling the frame even more, and an additional shot without the coffee beans on the with plate.

      • Hi, thanks for commenting my pic.
        What I am trying to say on my second picture is about a classic way to enjoy drink coffee.
        There are thousand reasons why and how you love to drink coffee, but a classical one, never die: a hot black coffee.
        You like to drink coffee? Which coffee do you prefer?
        Many thanks for your advice, Jens! There is always space for improvement 🙂

    • Creadora de Imágenes

      wow great shots, beautiful!! Congratulations

      • Thank you 🙂

    • The second image is by far my favorite. I have tried to photograph coffee and had trouble creating steam. Is that smoke?

      • Yes, it is the smoke that coming out from the steam coffee

    • I love the first shot. But I also love the second shot. I am not much use, am I? I prefer the first one 🙂 but they’re both awesome

  • Meg White

    Alright, I photographed my lunch again today. I usually put some thought into landscape vs portrait framing, but I usually let the object I’m photographing make the ultimate choice. I’ve never really thought about forcing the object to do what I want it to do.

    I rather like both these photos, though I wish I would have cleaned up the sides of the glass dish a bit, and I would have removed the apricot slice that’s just kind off hanging on the edge of the avocado bowl in the landscape photo, if I had paid better attention.

    As always, feel free to offer advice!

  • Namrata Jain

    I tend to choose vertical pictures, I don’t know why. Although a horizontal one gives a more complete view, but I guess I tend to leave my photographs with a bit of mystery. But here , I make an exception. Surprisingly the horizontal picture is clearer and better and more intriguing than the vertical one. Whaddya think?

    • Namrata Jain

      seems like I have troubling uploading the pictures. So here it is again –

    • Catherine Castro

      yes the 2nd photo is better:)

    • I think the second one is better. The first one almost looks like you used flash. The second one looks more appetizing. Looks delish!

      • Namrata Jain

        Oh I didn’t use flash, but I guess the lighting was too harsh and the fact that the background is white. But I see what you mean. Thanks 🙂

  • Sanja Manasijević

    Hi everyone!

    Today i in a hurry. Fast set up…and here is the result!

    All feedback welcome 🙂

    • Love the open book in the background… my vote goes to the first pic.:)

    • Catherine Castro

      i also like the first pic. 🙂

    • I like both, but i really like the lighting a little more in photo 2

    • Mimis Kingdom

      First one… 🙂

  • Katharina

    These are my two shots. The vertical one is as I initially planed it and it is my favorite showing rustic bread and coffee in morning light. For the vertical shot I did rearrange it but I do realise that the mug is now casting a shadow onto the bread which I don’t like.

    • rustic and lovely pics, I love it!

      • Katharina

        Thank you

    • I prefer the second shot because the wooden plate is not so dominant and all my attention is on the bread.

      • Katharina

        Yes I planned with the second shot to have the attention more on the bread but I am not sure about the direction of light.

    • Nabeela Ismail

      Love the first shot!

      • Katharina

        That’s my favourite to

    • Lovely rustic atmosphere and warm tones.:)

      • Katharina

        That is what I had in my mind with these pics. Thank you

    • I like the way the light shines off the bread in the second photo. I think early morning baking.

      • Katharina

        Thank you.

    • Kairit

      I like the second shot more, and dont mind the shadows either. I would have done these two slices of bread even darker.

      • Katharina

        Thank you. It is interesting for me to read about the different opinions people have

    • I like both, but I can see what you mean about the second picture, you would have to move the coffee cup to the other side to not cast the shadow, but overall, I want that bread recipe! lol

      • Katharina

        Thank you for your feedback. This exercise actually made me realise how much planning goes into a shot. By changing from vertical to horisontal frame all of a sudden everything changes. Definitely for me an exercise that had me thinking of where to change thinks. For the second should I perhaps should have the light coming from the other side because I would have liked to see more texture of the bread

        • Yea sometimes you just have to move the setting around the light 🙂 It’s a lot of work but worth it when you get that perfect shot. I have tended to eat a lot of cold food lately lol

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like the top one as it is really well lit and draws my eye to the bread. Lovely.

    • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

      The first shot is really great, I like the contrasting colours (red and natural brownish) as well. I think you are right, the shadows are a bit distracting in pic 2.

    • I love the second shot. Yum, can I have the recipe please : )

    • Kris Giamouridou

      I like the light on the first pic. The second one is also good, you could avoid the shadow on the left and show more texture at the piece of bread. I also like your knife, it has a great hanlde, but cropping the cutlery in general is not the best thing to do… 🙁

  • diana frias ezcurra

    Cold yogurt soup with tomatos, cucumbers and mint.
    1st photo – portrait frame close up, F5.6, 1/8, 120mm, ISO 100
    2nd photo – landscape frame, F5.0, 1/13, 70mm, ISO 100

    • love the tight cropping you have on first pic

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Agree with Jane, the first pic is lovely

    • Catherine Castro

      i like the first one too. 🙂

    • I like the second one, but both are very nice

    • I get more of a feeling for what the food presented is all about with the second picture

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        I agree, the second pic nicely tells a story, I also vote for that one.

    • diana frias ezcurra

      Thanks for the comments 🙂

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Diana! I like the 2nd one better, which is more bright and looks fresh. It shows me the whole story. One the 1st one, there is something about the cropping I do not like… sorry. That makes me feel you tried to fit everything in the pic, while in the 2nd the feeling is cool and relaxing. I love the trasparent glassed and the little white spoons.

  • Deepa

    For this exercise, I decided to play with pepper and keep it simple. The first pic is my first framing and the second one is a variation. I think I like the 2nd one better but it bothers me that I have cut off the rim of the plate….distracting I think.

  • My choice for different frames.

  • And another one. Homemade low carb bread with seeds.

  • Shyamal Majmundar

    Well , in last two days assignments, i didn’t really much thought about the frames and its orientation , and hardly able to finalize what to include and what to exclude, thus , in the frustration, there remains very less things to compose in the final pic, so ultimately there was no point arise for me to think about the frame and orientation very specifically. It was like brain storming process for me!
    By the way this time i have tried here, including with one more subject element the milk.
    Any comments and critics are most welcome, please!

    • Catherine Castro

      i like the vertical one.. because of the placement of the banana:)

      • Isabel

        I like the vertical one too.

      • Shyamal Majmundar

        Hi,
        Thanks, Catherine Castro! I appreciate your comment, though, if u have some critics on images, pls, find and comment on it! This is the first time, out of this 5 days, i got the comment from u out of all there! thanks! heeheheh! I like it!
        I know, may be my images are not that much comment-able , but are at least critically comment-able!

        Haaahahaahaha!

    • I like your second pic very much. It is in a good composition. Did you use an artificial light for this pics?

      • Shyamal Majmundar

        No, not at all! i didn’t use an artificial light, but i use the window as my main light source , it was around 2-3 ft wide and tall!
        Btw, thanks for liking and commenting on my images.

        • i see.. and what is this vignette form above the banana? where did it come from?

          • Shyamal Majmundar

            hi, see i have uploaded the photo of the situation how i was shooting at my home, pls take a look at! That vignette came because of the placement of the background, i think i had the only choice to hang the bg like that way, so that i could include that white background in the frame.

  • This time I decided a homemade rasberry galette as my motive for the shoot. For my first shot I chose a framing where I only showed part of the galette and on my second I chose a variation, where you see the galette from another angle that also reveals a blurred napkin and a cutting board in the background. If the photo should be presented on a full page in a book or magazine, I think I prefer number one, but should it interact with other photos, my choice would depend on the composition and framing of the other ones. Have a nice day, everybody 🙂

    • Your first shot is very pretty and for some reason I’m drawn to the cloth in the background of the second photo. It matches great with the berries. Also the powered sugar dusting is a nice touch.

      • Many thanks, Theresa. Your feedback means a lot 🙂

    • wow.. the lighting is perfect! I love the shadows on your both pics

      • Thanks so much for your sweet feedback, Jane 🙂

    • I can’t pick, I love both and I want to eat it lol

      • Oh, thanks for your lovely words, Kristin 🙂

    • I like the first one. Nice pic!

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like the second one as it looks like I am sitting down in front of the beautiful dessert and going to eat it. Nice light.

      • Haha, you are absolutely right 🙂 And thanks so much for the feedback.

    • Second, yummy! Love the repetition the color of the fruits in the background

      • What a wonderful feedback. Many thanks Elis 🙂

    • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

      I definitely prefer the first one! I think a flat cake such as a galette or a pie is more decorative from overhead. And I like the contrast of the red berries and the natural wooden colour.

      • Thanks for your point of view, Zsuzsanna. You really have some good observations and reflections on my two photos and the angles they are shot from. I really appreciate your feedback. Thanks 🙂

    • The first shot looks good for me, the galette looks appealing with the berries and the back ground

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi – great shots. What time of the day did you take those pictures? What white balance did you choose. Why I’m asking is that the light is a little harsh. Setting the WB to cloudy could bring a little warmer tonality to the scene. In the second one the red cloth in the top of the picture is a little distracting to me. Have you tried to place it in the bottom of the picture instead?
      But nice job done!

      • Hi Jens Erik. Thank you for your good and very constructive feedback 🙂 I shot the photos at around 5PM, and yes, you are right, that the light was a little harsh. I had the WB on auto. Good idea trying to place the red cloth in the bottom instead. I’ll try that ned time with the same set up 🙂

    • I like the first shot better. Not sure I can tell you why, I think maybe I don’t like the knife in the second one. Lovely colours,

      • Hi Cindy! Thank you for your feedback. I prefer the first too 🙂 Have a nice day 🙂

    • I prefer the first shot, I think because I estimated the galette to be taller based on the first shot, which makes the dish look more indulgent

      • I agree with your feedback, Claudia. Thanks for commenting 🙂 All the best, Sif

  • Guest

    Ok, I had a very busy day, with work and at home(today being South Indian festival day). So I have uploaded 2 pics of a salad dish prepared today(out of 7 dish I made today 🙂 ), I decided to go with horizontal and vertical frames. I personally like the vertical close up frame.

  • I took the vertical and really like shooting vertical. Then I took a few horizontal and left out the flower. I did not move any of the props and kept the settings the same on the camera except to compensate for exposure.

  • Busy day today, at work and home, I have uploaded 2 photos, of a salad dish that I made today(out of 7 dish), I decided to go with horizontal and vertical frame. I personally like the vertical close-up frame. What do you guys think?

    • I would go with the first one, but the lighting is a bit dark.

      • Thank you for your feed back Kristin. I agree, lighting is dark, as it was dark, cloudy, rainy day.

  • Jens Erik Ebbesen

    Today I went to the greenhouse to get some tomatoes for my shoot. I started out with two tomatoes that draw my attention due to some gigantic leaves, so they became my first frame. I figured out that my camera was mounted with my 100mm macro lens so I decided to continue the macro path and got more and more exited the more details I found in the tomatoes. I did more than 40 different frame settings all getting closer. For my second picture I picked the last one where my macro lens was mounted on three extension tubes (total 68mm) and I really enjoy the many details you can find in such a small cherry tomato. What do you think?

    • Catherine Castro

      look like they’re floating.. amazing shot!:)

    • Isabel

      Lovely!

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Thank you Isabel I use some special glass on my table called diamond glass.

    • Very nice

    • aPathite

      Great details! I like the macro photo the best, it’s very crisp. Maybe it’s an option to put the darker tomato in front to create more depth?

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Hi aPathite! Thank you for the idea – I will try it out!

    • Yesibeth

      Beautiful photos! You did a wonderfull fruits selection. You are not a beginner, right? jejeje

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Thank you for your nice words Yesibeth. No I’m not a beginner you can see more of my work on http://www.ebbesen-photography.com

        • Yesibeth

          I’ll do it, Jens. Congrats! : )

    • amazing shot they are flying

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Hi Jayasri!
        Thank you – I use a glass table made of ‘diamond’ glass which takes away the green cast usually seen in normal glass due to the content of iron in the glass. Diamond glass however is free from any color casting.

  • Hina

    I choose the subject as Indian Chicken Curry, here are my two frames of the same curry but I think I am obsessed with top angle and find my pictures look good in that angle. I am always biased towards vertical frame I feel there’s lot to tell in a vertical frame but I need to learn how to frame horizontal composition.

    • me, too! I am obsessed with top down view.. Your indian chicken curry looks very delicious *gulp

  • Jens Erik Ebbesen

    Try again to upload my pics.

    • Very cool and creative on the both.

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Thank you for your kind words Kristin.

    • Wow, very nice. Absolutely love both of them.

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Thank you Jyothi.

    • moni k

      Both really good but the first one is just brilliant!

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Thank you Moni.

  • Areej

    I dont know if my pictures uploaded right yesterday …, here are mine…

  • I placed 3 pictures, from start to end of my frame. I always like to shoot all angles in my frame, whether vertical or horizontal. I wanted the whole picture, which you see in photo 1. Photo 2 was a bit closer and then I really wanted you to focus on the parfait, but the owl was so cute that I also wanted it in the picture frame. lol. THOUGHTS?

    • I really love your first picture. As you said above, it captured the whole scene! I can see from your picture that your parfait is a home made one with a fresh fruits on it. Nice shots, Kristin!

      P. S: can I have your owl cup please :3

      • LOL Yes it is homemade along with the granola 🙂 Hehe I love my little owls, they are actually measuring cups 😀

    • The owl is cute, but doesn’t do much for me in the picture, competes a bit with the food. When I hold my hand up to the screen to block out the owl, I like it better… I like the side view of the parfait! 😉

      • Yea I know what you mean. I just couldn’t help it because it’s so darn cute lol. But I also took a few verticals that I posted on our last assignment which are the ones I ended up with on my site 😀

        • I wonder what it would have looked like if it was more in the background (by the knife block) and then it would have been blurred a bit???

          • Yea the problem is, the closer to my backsplash I get, the darker it is, the light doesn’t come into that point very well, so I usually have to take my shots a bit away from that space 🙁

  • Limes again…horizontal and vertical. I changed my angle a bit for vertical so I could see more of the back bowl of limes in the shot.

    • I think both are great

    • Isabel

      I prefer the vertical one.

  • Jackie Rudberg

    I decided to submit these two photos of my nectarine almond tart. I’m not sure which one I like better, but leaning towards the side angle shot with hint of the glass in the foreground.

  • Guest

    Hello, this time I chose an lemon verbena infusion.

    I like more these : vertical and horizontal.

  • anariva95

    Hello, this time I chose a lemon verbena infusion.
    I like more these : vertical and horizontal.

  • Jackie Rudberg

    Two pictures of my nectarine almond tart. Not sure which one I like better…. but leaning towards the first one with glass in the forfront… It’s more mysterious to me and and invites you to approach. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

  • Marko

    I decided to go with horizontal frame. It kinda feels warmer and I mostly use that one, so it is like that for these 3 shoots too. The subject today is rice chocolate.

  • anariva95

    Hello, this time I chose an lemon verbena infusion.
    I like more these : vertical and horizontal.

  • Guest

    Here they are my pics. I chose olives, and I decided to take a vertical photo as I had a transparent, vertical container and because of the vertical stripes of the tablecloth (it also had a nice olive-bough pattern but I could’n take it). I put the container at the center of the picture, quite in front of it.

    Then I tried different angles and framing and I chose the second one.

  • Claudia Briandi

    Prefiero las fotos verticales, lo que pretendo transmitir en la foto es imaginar el maravilloso plato que se puede hacer con un producto tan sencillo como las lentejas.

    Prefer vertical photos, what you mean to convey in the picture is to imagine the wonderful dish that can be done with such a simple product such as lentils

    • Isabel

      Claudia, I also prefer the vertical one.

  • Yesibeth

    Hi everyone! I’m pretty excited today because I did the DOF that I couldn’t yesterday LOL
    Today was the chocolate day, so I hope you like my pics…

    • aPathite

      The top view needs a warning for people with fear of heights (or chocolate). I like it a lot!

      • Yesibeth

        Thanks! LOL

    • Anibalismo

      Casi no es savoy xD Muy finas las dos, pero la segunda me agrada más

      • Yesibeth

        Muchas gracias, Anibalismo! chocolate de leche para ser específicos jajaja, luego vendrá El Rey jajaja

    • Anibalismo

      ¿Con qué cámara estás tomando las fotos?

      • Yesibeth

        Es una Cyber-shot Sony, modelo DSH-H2. A pesar de que la tengo desde hace muchos años, realmente ahora es que estoy comenzando a entenderla; porque la usaba en las modalidades pre-programadas, nunca en su modo manual.

  • Kitchen Karma

    Framing is a question which troubles me often. Sometimes I am sent stuff to review on my blog. Now I get confused how much of these products to shoot. If I put in all of the products sent by a PR, it does not look good, yet if I don’t I feel like I am not being honest enough. I know this is where clever framing comes in. Now these chocolates, I wanted to shoot the bag they came in (it’s a really pretty one) but it’s just not looking nice. Similarly I wanted to show the different flavours. I did a lot of different layouts, tried shooting from different angles. None of them are looking nice. Apart from shooting each bar separately I am not sure how to go about this. Your feedback is welcome. If you have had similar problems, would love to hear how to work around it.
    Disclaimer: These were not sent by any PR. My husband got them for me from Chicago 🙂 Saving them for a special occassion!

  • Isabel

    Hello,
    my pictures for today assignment are:

  • Pallavi Roy

    I am really sorry but the fruits i displayed have been eaten away by my baby…I am using the home-made prawn curry to show my frame.Well I did have a background in photography so I generally try to frame my photographs.Till two years back i was a fan of horizontal but my current favorite is vertical in order to include all the sub items and my subject in the story frame.

  • Pallavi Roy

    I am really sorry but the fruits i displayed have been eaten away by my baby…I am using the home-made prawn curry to show my frame.Well I did have a background in photography so I generally try to frame my photographs.Till two years back i was a fan of horizontal but my current favourite is vertical in order to include all the sub items and my subject in the story frame.

    • Your first picture is beautiful!

      • Pallavi Roy

        Thank you Judy!!

    • Mimis Kingdom

      First one is much better… 🙂

      • Pallavi Roy

        Thank you Mimis…even i felt that

    • Mukul Desai

      Curry on the top is quit testy. I think u used duppatta nice color combination.

      • Pallavi Roy

        Thank you sir…it indeed was very tasty…and the orange thingie is a scarf tried to complement it with the orange curry! Glad u liked it.

  • Donna

    Okay, here goes…The first image is my morning tea, slightly off center in a horizontal frame. The second is the tea, with toast as the prominent subject, vertical frame.

    • Sarah Linden

      Love the second with the toast! I think it creates a better story, like I just sat down to eat. 🙂

      • Donna

        Thank you Sarah, I agree.

    • I also love the shot with the toast. You did a great job on this framing assignment.

  • Ivana Brnada

    Hi, today for my late breakfast I choose to shoot Nutella tart.

  • Frederique

    Two variations on one subject. which one do you prefer? I like the top one better.

    • Isabel

      Frederique, I also prefer the first one.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Frederique! I love your aubergines and the light on your pics! 😀 The white ones are hard to find…
      The thing that makes me quite confused is how you placed the green bowl and knife. They are cropped in a distractive way… Sorry… 🙁

      • Frederique

        Thank you for your comments @krisgiamouridou:disqus. That is how one learns.

        • Kris Giamouridou

          🙂 I can’ t agree more… Enjoy your day!

  • Here is the 5th assignment….

  • Todd

    After the last few days I’d been thinking of trying to make the food larger than life…So I chose portrait perspective for the first pic today, honing in on the grub…the 2nd in landscape was just a lil’ further back using diminishing perspective and a wide aperture. Not totally inspired by the corn fritters today…

  • Here is my entry. I tried this without the straw nd it looked lacking so I got this one. I am not sure though if it is good enough.

    • they are good! I just wonder if you could do something with the milk..
      am craving for american cookies now… *sighed

  • Danielle

    My photos for different frames.

  • Linda @ foodinpixels.com

    Interesting assignment. I’m not super satisfied with my result but I had no time to reshoot. So here are my picture!
    Plus I always try to decide first about my frame depending on the food, most of the time I end up shooting vertical, and create my set up around the frame!

    • Kris Giamouridou

      I love the contrast btw your subject and the decoration. The 2nd one looks better to me, though I wish I could see the whole glass. What is this inside the glass anyway. custard? It looks delicious…

      • Linda @ foodinpixels.com

        Thanks Kris! I also like the 2nd a little more, and if I’ll shot this again I’ll try to show better the glass and its content, that is eggnog with a sprinkle of cinnamon!

  • OK, I’m going to just say it out loud: my drink photos are horrible. That’s one of the reasons I’m taking this course. 🙂

    My first shot is what I thought that I wanted, what would look good. Wrong! It’s not good at all.

    The second shot is not as bad, but not great.

    • NO, they are not horrible. I like the bottom shot a lot.

      • With all the lemon slices and glasses there’s a lot going on. I think you might like the photo better with less glasses/lemons…perhaps one or two glasses, or a shallow depth of field to really focus on just one of the glasses. Drinks are hard to do, I agree!

      • You’re so nice! Thank you. I’ve seen so many amazing drink shots and I want mine to look as good as some of the ones I’ve seen so far in this course.

        • That’s why we are all here—to improve, yes? Some people are clearly more advanced, and others not so much. Like I said, I like your shot. It’s busy, but tells the story of serving a refreshing drink to a crowd on a hot summer day.

    • Hi Linda!
      your pics are not horrible, believe me! 😀
      I love how you placed all glasses on a metal tray. Can I suggest you something? If you have a white table cloth (with no this and that on it..), your drinks would be more stand out, just my 2cts

      • Hi Jane! Thanks for your input, I really appreciate it. I completely agree with you about the tablecloth. Solid would have been the way to go.

  • mymorna

    I use to shoot square all the time. I feel it often works.
    Today’s first shot is square. The other one is the best from the other five (but I still feel the first works best).

    • wow.. both of them are goooooooddd!!!!

  • Jackie Rudberg

    Trying to post this again – not uploading properly

  • Jackie Rudberg

    Second photo

  • Sandra B.

    i like the one with the bowl on the edge better

  • Mimis Kingdom

    Hi! Here are my photos for today. I photographed glass of elderflower juice with few minth leaves.
    First photo is planned. I usually photograph vertical photos because I think they look better on blog. But, I’m not always right. I haven’t carefully planned how I will frame this photo. I usually plate and style everything and than take many photos from different angles, positions…
    Second photo is the best of all others I took. I zoomed in and out, moved camera and made around 15 photos. I liked this one most…

    • Hi Mimis,
      I love your second pic. For me, it shows me clearly what it is all about. Very nice, sharp and a good compo!

  • Rick Capstraw

    3 shots. Feedback welcome!

    I wanted to go for a generally monochromatic preparation shot but with a bright orange egg. First one, I think the composition is ok but just seemed kind of flat and boring to me. Second shoot I kept the framing, stopped down and used a snooted flash on the egg yolk for more drama. Couldn’t get it quite where I wanted and the condensation on the whole eggs reflected the black background I was using which makes them look grey. (didn’t notice until later). 3rd changed the whole angle and orientation and ended up really liking this one.

  • Sonja

    My first photo is framed vertically because I am drawn to vertical, and Pinterest likes it better (gives you more real estate). The second photo I picked the bottom left since my apples go to the right and behind diagonally.

    • I like your vertical one and you are right about pinterest lol.
      Have you tried the second pic from a different angle? Maybe 90°?

  • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

    I wanted this to look like I was suddenly called away, so actually sat on the couch with cookies, coffee, and book…then jumped up and set stuff down willy-nilly. Many times! I learned that sometimes actuality just isn’t photograph friendly! First shot was as step 5 said – my first photograph. The second shot was one of many, and I chose a horizontal frame.

    • aPathite

      Yes, I like the horizontal one. Original props, it works!

      • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

        Thank you!

    • Lovely idea. The second picture works really well, very nice!

      • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

        Thanks so much, Claudia!

  • I prefer vertical photos. Today I made photos of mushroom. It was a rainy weather today so my pictures are too dark 🙁 What do you think?

    • I think it’s pretty. It is such a good idea to put green and yellow color together in order to enhance the color of mushroom. What is this green and yellow thing? What kind of plant is that?

      • the yellow thing is millet. The green plant- flowers of deel.

    • aPathite

      I like the light, it matches with the mushrooms and creates an autum look. The composition of the first one is my favorite.

  • Eric

    Herewith my pics. Any feedback is highly appreciated.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Eric! The thing that I like most in both pics are that all your ingredients look fresh. On the other hand the way you placed them is a little bit messy and I can’t distinguish which is the hero subject in your pics. You could have removed the strawberries or the mint from their boxes… Nice try, but you can do better next time.

      • Eric

        Hi Kris!
        Thanks for the feedback and improvement suggestions. Next time, I will take them into account and spent more time and attention to the composition.

        • Kris Giamouridou

          Don’ t forget that practice makes you perfect… 😉 Enjoy your day

  • Lia Badicu

    Hi. I included 3 pics, I like the first one the most. In the vertical one I think the hero, the egg, it’s a little bit to far, to say so.

    • Lia Badicu

      i had to add 3rd one as comment

  • moni k

    I totally couldn’t get my head around this exercise (just one of these days) and everything went pretty much wrong. The pictures were not very good so I decided to put some text in them to distract the viewer. Ha. The vertical image is more general and did let me to play a bit more with background and depth whereas the horizontal shot from above is a bit more detailed (and out of focus!) and plain. I didn’t really follow the brief very well I don’t think, but I was never a good student.. Anyhow, I think the vertical image works better. Well done everyone! Really good stuff I see here!

    • aPathite

      Pretty good for a bad day 😉

      • moni k

        Haha, thanks.

  • Anamaria Mejia

    Hello everybody,
    This are my pictures, I choose three of them, and my favorite is the last one. I tryied some verticals but I didn’t like them.

    • WOW!!!!!! beautiiiifuuuulll!!!
      I love your first pic! the third also 🙂

      • Love these!

        • Anamaria Mejia

          Thanks Pamela 🙂

      • Anamaria Mejia

        Thanks Jane 🙂

    • Nice, I like the first one best

      • Anamaria Mejia

        Thanks Judy 🙂

    • WOW!! so beautiful the peas look so cute with a beautiful background, I love the first one

      • Anamaria Mejia

        Thanks Jayasri 🙂

    • The first photo speaks to me. Very pretty. It looks like a little bed for the peas in the pod and they’re just peeking out. So cute!

      • Anamaria Mejia

        Thanks for the feedback Theresa 😉

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Anamaria! I like the 1st one. On the other hand the 3rd is a bit overexposed…

    • Mukul Desai

      Very Good concept.

  • Irinka

    My pictures for today

  • flavorsandcolorsbyaparna

    The first pic is at step 5 and second pic is one amongst few [Step 6] …

  • Katherine

    The first picture is from step 5, the second one is from step 6 where I made it a horizontal shot instead. I was a little nervous about doing the horizontal because I thought it would capture too many things in the frame I did not work… but I think I might like it better.

    • Second one works better for me. I think the first one has too much cutting board toward the bottom, would have liked to see the watermelon a little lower in the frame. Sure wish I had some of that to eat right now! Yum

      • Katherine

        Thanks Judy. I agree about the comment for the first one. I was trying really hard to keep those unwanted items out of the frame due to a limited space available that I had today. Was trying to keep out stuff from the left and a light switch on the top. So definitely why I ended up I think with too much cutting board in that first photo. And yes it was yummy. 🙂

  • Here are are my photos. Grapefruit.
    I’m not happy with it at all, but need to move on.

  • I can’t see anyone’s photos! Is there a trick I’m missing? I see hte comments just fine but no images at all.

  • manuel grez

    Had to do it very quickly in the morning, but i like it very much!

  • I had no time today to do any assignment 🙁 I was photographing an event and I tried to take some shots of bamboo beakers. Hope I didn’t too wrong. I like my second most but I did also some vertical pics more in detail I like. Horizontal I chose because of showing also the inside and because they are many.
    Sorry I didn’t comment much today – all because of super busy day and following days. Good night from Italy…
    (Can’t see my first loaded pic, but clicking on it there it is… ?)

    • Ann G

      interesting idea

      • Thank you Anne G. I was on a ‘Paleo Day’ with a lot of Prehistoric things. Very funny, very interesting (workshops) and also very yummy

  • Creadora de Imágenes

    Here are my two takes, always wider is the harder it is me.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Creadora de imagenes! 🙂 I like the second one…and actually I love your mug. On the other hand, it seems that there is nothing inside the mug… and it makes me a bit confused…

      • Creadora de Imágenes

        Thanks for the comment. True, the cup should have liquid inside. If I should clarify that the composition was intended in its infancy with strands you on the side. I left out of the frame: D

  • Sandy

    Okay, here are my two shots. I shot fruit that I will be using to make a smoothie. They are framed in vertical and horizontal orientation.

  • Kathy Hester

    I did move things around some, but not too much. The red thing on the jar is awful and needs to be turned out of the one pic, but I ran out of time and couldn’t shoot again it again. I figured better to put these up than miss the assignment completely.

    • Kathy Hester

      I’m not sure why the 2nd photo shows as a broken link – if you click on it the full size image does come up.

  • Guest

    Try 2 – hoping to get both photos up this time… I did move things around some, but not too much. The red thing on the jar is awful and needs to be turned out of the one pic, but I ran out of time and couldn’t shoot again it again. I figured better to put these up than miss the assignment completely.

    • Kathy Hester

      Oh well – tried to deleted this one and it just took my name off of it. At least it shows both photos.

      • I very much like the second shot. I love how you can see the cherries and the cocktail triangle-thingy (no idea how that measuring tool is called 😛 )

  • I usually choose horizontal photos. Interesting exercise… I like the mood in the second better, it almost feels like a hug…

  • Elana

    My two pictures are very similar. I just didn’t end up liking the way it looked from the top down, or any of the real close ups because I felt that all of those took away from the variety in the bowl. I like seeing the whole picture. But one of these is slightly off center, which is actually the one I prefer, and the other one is oriented vertically and centered on the bowl.

  • Here are my two photos of some strawberries. I tend to move my food and props around as I shoot, so this was a bit of a challenge. I did shoot some horizontal shots, but my set up definitely worked better vertically.

  • Ann G

    I choose the frame after I had the objects in place.

    This is my pineapple plus smoothie. I choose the square
    frame for my 1st picture

    The square frame is step 5 and the rectangle frame is step 6

  • Oh what an interesting exercice ! It’s pretty much what I’m actually doing every time I shoot food because we never know, at the first sight, what is gonna be the best framing. I had an hard time not moving things to have a better composition (just follow the lesson’s rules). I prefer the vertical one… Comments are welcome 🙂

  • My first shot was horizontal and had a “hole” in the center that I didn’t care for. My favorite is a vertical orientation.

    • Okay, that is weird. It de-saturated one photo and lost the link to the other. Hmmm

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Ruth! I like the vertical one too, but both of them are a bit underexposed…. Next time be careful on how you place your subject. The cucumber on the 1rst can hardly be seen… Sorry 🙁

      • Thanks for the input. I don’t know what happened but the color balance changed when I uploaded. I may have lost too much info when I converted from raw but it looks completely different on my desktop. My other day entries didn’t have that problem.

  • Jessica

    In my first shot I chose a horizontal frame because I wanted to show the entire width of the subject/ props. That’s why the cheese (my subject) is in the corner. I am also more used to this frame due to the requirements of my blog.
    I changed the frame to vertical for the other shots. Here are two because I couldn’t decide: the one down from above I love because although the placing of the subject is similar to the horizontal pic (bottom left corner) there is an entirely new dynamic to it. It makes me feel more modern. The other one, similar to the horizontal one, tells the full story but is not as boring.

  • Jessica

    In my first shot I chose a horizontal frame because I wanted to show the
    entire width of the subject/ props. That’s why the cheese (my subject)
    is in the corner. I am also more used to this frame due to the
    requirements of my blog.
    I changed the frame to vertical for the
    other shots. Here are two because I couldn’t decide: the one down from
    above I love because although the placing of the subject is similar to
    the horizontal pic (bottom left corner) there is an entirely new dynamic
    to it. It makes me feel more modern. The other one, similar to the
    horizontal one, tells the full story but is not as boring.
    Somehow Disqus doesn’t allow my vertical pics to remain vertical, sorry. Just imagine them rotated by 90 degrees…

  • Greetings all

    Over 100 here in Texas today so the garage/studio was a real sauna. But I did triumph in getting my shots done. We have fresh Poblano peppers from our garden, small but highly photogenic. Not really fit for Rellenos, but still tasty and gorgeous. I started (as suggested) with one shot. Not all that exciting. Single speed light to camera right with a strip softbox and a white foamcore reflector directly opposite. For subsequent shots I did not really move the peppers but moved AROUND the setup 360 degrees shooting high angle and low angle while leaving the lighting as is. The real drama happened shooting INTO the light.

  • I chose a different subject than the one picked on day 2. My subject today is not a liquid (beverage / soup). My subject is sauteed radish. I chose to do vertical frame as I used a small bowl. One radish and a radish leaf in the back. Since the bowl is small, I figured vertical frame would be ideal to fill the with of the frame.

  • Today’s subject is veggies. Broccoli in particular and I was very aware of what I was trying to fit in the frame. My backdrop was the great outdoors. I didn’t actually want that in the picture so I chose to frame it from above.

    • Karen Hall Sarraga

      I like the strong graphic quality created by the rim of the bowl. Very effective.

  • The same cupcake again

  • My best photo out of many.

  • Rashmi Ramakrishnan

    Hello! This is my frame telling a story. Papayas!

  • Gory James

    I’m a horizontal framing guy, so I just adjusted the framing a little.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      All of the gray props with the silver spoons looks really cool! The pinch of spices really make the spoons & ingredients stand out.

  • Thiago Cardoso

    I’ve tried the vertical framing, but I think horizontal is better. My best result happened when I lowered the angle and get closer.

  • Silvia

    Here are the photos of my mini ice creams with yogurt and raspberries (I have a plant raspberries in the garden …), I hope they go well, thank you, bye Silvia

  • I always think about frame. I don`t like cropping. 🙂
    For first photo I choose to shoot from above. It`s the safe shot for me always. And somehow I decided that everything should be in frame. But later I decided that it`s not necessary. So second picture is the best from Step 6. And actually everything still is in the frame. 🙂

  • Adrienn Bako

    Here come my photos, vertical was not working in this case.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I like the 3rd one with the people blurred out in the background!

  • I planned to shot a horizontal image and also liked the vertical option.

    So what do you think?

    • Lili Basic Capaccetti

      I like much more the horizontal one, the light is so much better there!

      • Thanks, Lili I agree. I seems to have got darker when up loaded than in Photoshop. I will have to remember that for the future.

  • Chantal Tellier

    Late for posting bad day yesterday so here goes

    • Kris Giamouridou

      I like your figs and the flower Chantal, but the pics are a bit underexposed 🙁

      • Chantal Tellier

        i will try to fix on the next pictures thank you for your comment I re

        ally appreciate

        • Kris Giamouridou

          🙂 Enjoy the rest of the day…

  • Vladislava Dikan

    Greeting all
    My choice is horizontal frame at first. Then I changed orientation. Results are below

  • Lili Basic Capaccetti

    I always think about the frame before shooting so here with Turkish delight first I wanted to try this angle of about 60 degrees and after that I changed the frame to shoot from the above. Which one do you like more?

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I like the first one, shot at about 60 degree angle!

    • Sawsan Abu Farha

      I too like the first one better, it gives a better feeling of the shape and texture of the turkish delight.
      My Only suggestion is to choose a different background, the fruits are beautiful and colorful but a bit distacting

      • Lili Basic Capaccetti

        Thank you for your comment! I’ve put the fruit there as part of the story showing an elegant dessert buffet with sweets and fruit but I can understand that you may think they are distracting because of their vivid colours.

  • Alain Meessen

    I could not choose, but i think i ail go for the horizontal long one.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I like the top and middle pictures!

    • Very clean composition. and nice way to put fried & raw sardines.

  • Alain Meessen

    Just another one i tried, also with sardines.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      I like this one. How did you manage to arrange everything. Did you use a piece of glass?

      • Alain Meessen

        Yes indeed, on the floor in my garage ,red painted, i put the sardines with some water on it, than about 25 cm obove a 1 mm plexiglas with the food.

        • Kris Giamouridou

          Very clever… I belive you manipulated well the colours (red floor, green basil, lime)

          • Alain Meessen

            Yes, the red more red en the blue more blue, the basil is from my garden, its red basil, this kind is like you see him on the top, the other side is red. i applied also some vignette. Lightroom, one preset for it.

    • I love the colours on this shot, but I find the images confusing.

  • My horizontal and vertical shots. Not sure why the photo lying like that. Sorry

  • My vertical and horizontal shots

  • I started with a vertical orientation, which is usually what I’m drawn to do, then went to a horizontal one.

  • Rosemary

    Here is mine! My subject was zucchini parmigiano that has become a summer favourite.

  • Kris Giamouridou

    – Horizontal orientation: I wanted my subject to look wider and have more space inside my frame and simultaneously take advantage of a bigger space, by adding some ”co-star” objects. So in my first attempt I created two sceneries… because I couldn’t decided which one to choose.
    – Vertical orientation: My focus now has changed and the cherry tomato is the ”hero”. It seems like now you can see a big ”family” of tomatoes. Mom, dad and their child 😀

  • Misky

    Using light and shadows as my frame in this photo.

  • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

    subject: produce, asparagus
    Same placement / props for all 3 photos. Two of the photos are shot in the same orientation, but one is closer up. One photo is shot from a completely different angle.
    Which do you like best, and why? Any constructive critique?

  • Alessandro

    hi all, i’m the last? yesterday i had a really busy day so today i have a double shooting session (lesson 5 and lesson 6) I’m happy to complete both assignment.
    for that lesson i’m not able to decide between shot 2 and 3, a like both. somebody could help me?

    • me too, double shooting session XD
      all photos are great, but I like more the second, I can imagine it as the cover of a book. great job!!

      • Alessandro

        Thank you Camila your words male me entusiast .

    • I like all of them, so I cant help you, so sorry hahaa..
      But hey you should be proud then! None of them are bad.
      Now.. can I have some? 😀

      • Alessandro

        Great Jane, i’m realy proud. I’d reserve a portion for mates, you are wellcome! 😉

    • First off, these three shots are all good. My fav is definitely the second one though. I like the way the pan handle gets some attention (silly really) and to me that has the highest “tuck in right now” feeling. The first image, if you wish to use a cutting board in the image, I would go for a wooden board. It is in the back so it’s not really disturbing, but I think an oldfashioned wooden board would benefit the shot

    • Sawsan Abu Farha

      Hello Alessandro, I am trying to catch up today too 🙂
      I love all your images but I think I love the first one the best. I can see everything, you chose a beautiful arrangement and your colors work beautifully together

    • Maria Natali Malkan

      I like your work. All of them.

      • Alessandro

        Thank you Maria . I’m trying to find yours work but i’m not able somebody could show me the way?

        • Maria Natali Malkan

          My work for this lesson was just uploaded about one hour ago. It takes some time to show up in this discussion page. I just uploading my works , catching up the lesson those I left behind.

      • Mukul

        Me too.

    • Lovely ragù and beautiful pan also.

  • Raia Torn

    Okaaayyyy…. As you can see by picture #1, I’m really not very good at this! Part of it might be four little distractions running around… Haha. Oh well, I’m learning, and that’s what counts, right?

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I really like the first photo! Your choice in counter/table and wall go really well with the colors of the fruit, the light blue wall in the second picture really makes the very top peach pop!

      • Raia Torn

        Thanks so much for the encouragement, Amborisa! 🙂

  • káča suchá

    Later, but done 🙂 My photos of morning pancakes.

    • Raia Torn

      Love how you got the sugar falling in the last photo! Your crepes look tasty. 🙂

      • káča suchá

        thanks 🙂

  • Running behind, but enjoyed working this assignment after a nice trip to the farmers market this morning. I prefer the portrait framing.

    • Mukul

      I think you also visited flower marker ha ha ha …….lol

  • Guest

    First photo, I choose to horizontal shot, I wanted to fit in the image only the objects and the texture of the base. When I changed the orientation , I realized that could make the two objects highlighted, so I have not sure which photo I liked best

  • First photo, I choose to horizontal shot, I wanted to fit in the image only the objects and the texture of the base. When I changed the orientation , I realized that could make the two objects highlighted, so I have not sure which photo I liked best.

    • Mukul

      3rd one is best but wooden log is heavier then food (main object) so i choose 2nd one

  • Michelle Ferrand

    To answer the question above about framing the last few photos we took, I did not know I was thinking about frame, but I did consider the way I was going to shoot the photo (horizontal vs vertical mostly). I usually choose vertical for my photos because they look better/are more visible when I post them on pinterest (which is a major traffic source for my blog). For the past assignments though I have been using horizontal because the tripod that I currently have with me (on vacation) is broken and doesn’t set up the proper way for vertical shots!

  • Katriina Mueller

    My first photo is generally always the first layout I do; horizontal, coming in from the right. The second one is the exact opposite. I still like the first shot.

  • In the first image, I wanted to identify the hero by using the DOF. The second image represents a change of frame. I think I like it better.

  • Tina

    I switched from Vertical to horizontal frame.. And I somehow like both:-)
    What do you think??

    • Great vertical shot. Colours and textures really lovely.

    • Kathy Thompson

      Love the second one.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      They are both really great photos! I think I like the top one better because it shows off the shape of the cake and you can see the cute little flags.
      What lighting source did you use?

    • Mukul Desai

      Top is Top

  • Mihaela D

    My vertical and horizontal pics for this lesson

  • surabhi

    i tried this out with nikon P100 point and shoot camera. my vertical and horizontal shot.

  • surabhi

    the horizontal one.

  • Mukul

    Yes i think about frame – Horizontal because it is more difficult in food photography – when there is DOF is concern vertical works better also help to frame – yes i decided what to include or exclude in frame.

    I think estimate time 30 – 60 mins is possible using day light.

    Peace force & joy

  • I’m a day delayed, sorry! I went for horizontal for the first image, as well as the other pictures. I realised later that I should have changed frame, so woops! Image 1 has the prop half outside the frame, with many of the main objects in front, with the towel slightly out of frame as well. For the next frame setting, I chose to have my props fully in the picture, with the main objects (garlic and onions) to the side. I like the second picture more, but it takes a prop (the potato box) as the main object, instead of the garlic and onions.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I like the top picture where the crate is off to the side, your eyes are drawn into the onions & garlic. Nice lighting – what source did you use? I’m trying to get better at my lighting 🙂

      • Thank you 🙂
        My setting is in the middle of my living room, I use natural light from the left and have no reflectors (hence my hatred towards today’s assignment to use backlight 😛 ). It was late afternoon, not too bright but it is summer where I live so it’s good light at that time. PS I am horrible at lighting too, so I share your desire to get better at it

  • Elina Belova

    Here are potato pancakes with cottage cheese. I tried horizontal frame but both vertical frames looked better. I like the second the best. Usually I keep in mind the frame and what is going in the photo but I still do mistakes sometimes.

  • Elina Belova

    Here are potato pancakes with cottage cheese. I tried horizontal frame but vertical frames looked better. I like the second the best. Usually I keep in mind the frame and what is going in the photo but I still do mistakes sometimes.

  • These are my images of corn bread, the first is the horizontal shot and the second I tried a vertical frame.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I like the horizontal shot better! And how it’s off center / you can see the gorgeous table 🙂

  • Sawsan Abu Farha

    I know I am terribly late but I was out of town.
    Here are my images. At first I went for a vertical view. I like vertical images because I feel like they allow the eye to flow smoothly between the picture elements.
    My second image I chose a 90 view. The 90 brings everything into focus, allowing all the ingredients to shine.
    Which do you think is better?

    • Mukul Desai

      I love garlic. nice foto

  • lydiaf1963

    I’m catching up as well. I left this until later in the afternoon and kind of boxed myself in to my frame (haha) because of the placement of my set up. I chose a horizontal image for the first photo. I liked the mortar and pestle in the bottom left of the frame initially. My favorite photo turned a vertical one. I like the contrast of the olive wood and the spices. All photos were taken at f/4.5 in AP mode. They were edited for size, exposure and saturation.

  • I like when you see different varieties and types of ingredients all laid out so I tried that with this framing exercise. I liked the vertical layout the best. [url=https://flic.kr/p/oGEF4n][img]https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5590/14900054383_4f2893036a.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/oGEF4n]samples-horizontal-vertical-food-photography-zuchinni-squash[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/people/33631513@N00/]vintagemodernphotography.com/Virginia[/url], on Flickr

  • Nancy

    Day 5: Framing – I was focusing on framing my subject…..and I think this reads best as horizontal orientation

  • Karen Hall Sarraga

    Bette late than never. I got derailed when some family issues interfered. For my first image I chose to show the fuller picture – appetizers, cheese and grapes on the table at the polo match. I tend to work tightly, cutting off plates and I tried to pull back here to show a more complete image, working vertically to include the wine bottles. For the second image I chose the overhead shot as my favorite, also vertical. I tried horizontal images but they did not seem to work as well.

  • Lynn Pennington

    Lesson 5….

  • Lynn Pennington

    Lesson 5… 2nd try to post images

    • Beautiful light. I like photos with glass, they tend to by lighter in both ways…less heavy and light goes quite easy through.

  • Guest

    I’ve been enjoying seeing all the amazing pictures posted in the past few days. I haven’t had much time to take photos, but here’s one I took today. I chose to frame it vertical with the cookies to the right.

  • kauai_teacher

    I’ve been enjoying seeing all the amazing pictures posted in the past few days. I haven’t had much time to take photos, but here’s one I took today. I chose to frame it vertical with the cookies to the right. I usually try a few different framings and see what I like best. I never really know what will work until I try.

  • hcr

    I shot this desert for the lesson 5. I used vertical and horizontal frames. And I prefer the second one.

    • Kathy Thompson

      Yes, I agree, I like the second one better too.

      • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

        me too! I really love all of the colors of the props that you used! Very gorgeous!

  • Maria Natali Malkan

    I tried to show the dimension of the cookies – pineapple inside cookies- by putting them arround various familiar objects. So the viewer can have the idea about the size of the cookies. I took closed frame shoots.I took a lot of shoot of this objects, vertical and horizontal frames. I find hard to choose the prefered frame. 🙂 Other technical informations: Canon G12, macro mode, flash light on,

  • Patty Hultquist

    I had originally thought a vertical shot at the same angle as the plate would look good but quickly realized it didn’t work. I like the lower angle and horizontal shot a lot better.

  • Stephanie Elie

    I’ve been waiting forever to capture pictures of french macarons, so I bought some for today’s shoot. While I wasn’t impressed with how they tasted I really had fun photographing them. I really like both pictures, the one where the macrons are shifted to the left of the frame and the other where they are slightly out of frame.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      I really like that the macarons are not dead-center and slightly cut off. The dark tabletop and wall really make the colors of the macarons pop!

  • Bowman

    I was making gazpacho and decided to use the ingredients as the subjects. I found the first picture rather boring and so tried to do something else with the frame.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      The lighting is off in these two photos, they have a yellow tint to them. What light source are you using and do you have a post-edit software?

      • Bowman

        Thank you for your comment. The overhead lights in my kitchen were creating over saturated spots so I dimmed the lights and used a lamp to add light to the scene. The cucumber had a slightly yellow hue. Suggestions?

  • Kathy Thompson

    I wanted to add another element to my set up now which goes along with my theme and eventual story – an old recipe book. I had already chosen a vertical frame and placed the subject in the left lower third so I placed the book in the right lower third.
    Although I like the look of the old book I felt that having the full thickness of the book there overwhelmed the tiny subject – the single cumquat on the spoon – so I changed it to just one page of the book with the word ‘recipe’ showing.

  • I took some spices which was one of the 5 subjects I’d chosen in lesson 2. I must recognize that I feel more comfortable taking vertical shots for food and I find more interesting not to take the whole dish in the frame.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      Wow, amazing. Your photo is very simple, but so engaging. Before I expanded the pictures the first (horizontal) pic was cut off and only about half of the purple spice showed – it actually looked really cool that way!
      the picture is very moody – how did you achieve that, what lighting, etc? I dig it! 🙂

      • Hello Ambrosia, thank you for leaving a comment. It was natural light using some blockers and diffusers in both sides of the window.

    • Mukul Desai

      Kya Bat hai, Kya Bat hai. Hindi Langue (India) I mean Very Good. Veertical is good, shadow on that white rod (i dont know the name) slightly disturbing.

      • Thank you Mukul, I like both but I prefer the vertical one. You are right the shadow that comes from the spices mortar it’s a bit disturbing but I thing being a bird eye shot it helps reading the volumes or plans of props (I think 😉 )

        • Mukul

          huuu…

  • Mukul Desai

    Hi all & sorry for late, I still stuck on lesson – 5. Saturday & Sunday my daughter & my wife attacked on my freedom because of weekend daughter took over my PC & wife took over my kitchen. As you know on Sunday it was Rakhi Festival – so many food was cooked but unable to shoot, Family gathering was their & same day my IP failed to provide service by Monday late night it was started lets see whats happen, how i make up with Day 10. Today (13-8-2014) is my lesson – 6. Decided to shoot on FOOD & FESTIVAL but all sweets & food is finished. It was a attach on food – Preparation time 3 hours – cooking time 1.5 hours & eating time only 30 minutes.

    • Nice light. I would just put less props in order to make a focus in the photo or maybe use DOF for emphasizing.

      • Mukul

        Thanks, this lesson is about Framing so i dont care about DOF.

  • Anibalismo

    Late as usual xD
    I chose the vertical orientation first, so I could get a deeper photo. But I ended up liking both of them 🙂

  • I’m playing catch-up. So here are my 2 shots. Remember I’m the one shooting leftovers (if I have any) OR spices. Today I chose leftovers. This is last night’s Seared Tuna Steaks with Corn Succotash and Jasmine Rice. I seldom shoot horizontal, and I much prefer it here. I wanted to fish to be the primary visual, so I placed the plate so the rice was an afterthought. And I wanted the napkin to be dominant to add some more color, so I placed it off to the side on the top.

  • playing catch up as well. First one is the horizontal. But I think I like the vertical better. Seems more dynamic. Didn’t really have any good props – light was poor because weather was awful. Hoping I can get caught up!

  • Frode Breimo

    So finally got around to do this one. I usually frame my shots based on the shape and size of the subject, and have until recently always included the whole subject in my frame. Now that I’m taking it more seriously, and trying to be more professional, I find myself experimenting more with the framing. However, I often do that by cropping afterwards, not sure if that counts 🙂
    Anyway, here are my two photos for lesson 5

  • I tried framing some vegetables for Lesson 5. Horizontal framing includes many items in the frame and I think it would be good to show multiple ingredients in a recipe. I find that vertical framing has more empty space and it would be ideal to shoot when stacking items or when including tall/long ingredients. Somehow I feel both my photos are very structured, may be I should have avoided the plate.

  • Sreedevi Mavila

    Playing catch-up as well! This is for Lesson 5. Here are my 2 pics. I’ve used spices as the subject.

  • Sreedevi Mavila

    Uploading pic 2 with the changed orientation

  • Bashar Hijjawy

    Hello
    Here are my photos for days 5

  • Here are my two pictures – It was pretty crazy to actually pay attention to how framing and orientation plays a big role in the story telling of a picture.

  • Peter Block

    I did not think about the framing in my previous shots

  • Peter Block

    as I retook the shot, I found that my very first shot cut off the top of the peppers. So I reset the frame and then rotated around the subject to see how the frame changed.

  • Meghan

    I thought it would be cool to show the vegetables that are in the dish

  • Hi! 🙂
    About this assignment, I have to say that I love shoot my photos, above all, in vertical and that’s because I can instill much intensity and a good perspective.

    So, here there are my photos!

    photo n.1 – orizzontal

  • and this is the vertical one… Surely, I love this one!

  • Catharina Linkenbach

    ok, so now after a private little search on how to resize my files it all seems to work and I can post correctly. phew. sorry for duplicating, hopefully this was the last time 😉
    pic1: everybody at the party.
    pic2/3: getting to know each other before cuddling up in the blender.

  • Katerina Morozova

    homework for lesson #5
    i made these photos for the chefs battle competitions in Instagram, hope they will be ok as my homework!

  • Wendi Spraker

    OK, So, I’m not seeing a lot of photos posted here – I’m guessing everyone is over on the facebook page. The lighter colored photo is vertical, the darker is horizonal. I am used to taking photos vertical because I am a blogger and that is what works on Pintrest. The horizontal picture is underexposed and too dark however, it had the best composition of the ones I took – because the other ones were terrible – everything bunched on one side – just really awful. I’ll catch up with everyone over on facebook too.

  • Harshita Mahajan-Photography

    First photograph is after deciding placement and frame, Second is the one chosen after changing things around. Only thing is I wish the jam was in focus, needed to change to a smaller aperture

    • Tia Haygood

      There was a tip Neel mentioned earlier about flat objects and tall objects dictating the angle of how a photo should be shot. With the bread, jelly spread, and the nice design of the table cloth, this could be a good photo at 90 degrees.

  • Tia Haygood

    Good morning.

    I’m looking at everyone’s amazing photos these past few days and I’m noticing my weakness: lighting, frame is too tight, and I do not have very good composition.

    I am very eager to push past these weaknesses. Please comment on the photos posted below. This week I think I will use new subjects and try to make my shots wider. It’s difficult in the small space that I have, though.

    The only time of day I can shoot with daylight seems to be early morning. I do have a soft box, white box and speedlight. Are there any ideas how I could mimic the natural lighting with these tools at night time?

    Thank you everyone. Please comment and critique.

  • Marina Skår

    How I make this choice? I think I try to listen my esthetic sense.

  • Margaret Wendell

    I did think about the frame but only in respect to making sure that odd bits weren’t included in the photo. Usually I don’t think about this, though, because I know that I can crop in Lightroom.

  • Linda Joyce

    I am always thinking about my frame. After I’ve chosen my subject and props, I use my camera’s viewfinder to do the framing. I like to use the rule of thirds a lot, but it doesn’t always work for food. And I think that’s ok. Mostly I try to frame an arrangement that looks pleasing to the eye, and I almost always shoot vertical food images. I think they are aesthetically pleasing, and they work well for Pinterest. If I am looking through the viewfinder and see something that is out of place, doesn’t quite fit or shouldn’t be included, I will change the placement of items within the frame, my angle or dof, until I am satisfied that the framing works. Photoshop also comes in handy for cropping if necessary.

  • Anna Zazdravnaya

    I have never thought of exact frame before shooting, I usually just have an idea, setting things together and make clicks )) and I decide in real time what frame, what to include and often when concentrated on focus i forget about framing and get some undesirable things in frame or tilted horizon.
    Don’t know about composition rules except rule of thirds.
    To tell the truth I thought that photo is about feelings, intuition and luck but now I start thinking it’s about planning, about knowing rules etc

  • Jo Clark

    The last two days I have thought about framing, and purposely put my steak on a plate in front of the grill. I cropped out (as much as possible) the honey bottle and spice rack, without taking the time to move them.

    Today I shot outside on my patio table, and was able to create a more pleasing shot, but again without having the time to get out the leaf blower–but then, it IS Fall, y’all! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5b8d107945e32d857191daf5fbf15699b75b6e7db48c79cc4cb04f5b2b94839.jpg This is my first shot (vertical) and the best of the other 5, the horizontal shot, with the placement more to the right of the frame. I “framed” my food with the basket as well as with the camera’s frame.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eeb1d07e34a2818568af927034533f2267f707d1e9e02120263dd1267bc83a67.jpg

  • Alan Sharp

    In the last two days I have shot both horizontal and vertical, but I primarily shot horizontal, as the photos appeared better when shot in horizontal. I did choose what was to be included in the frame, firstly by pre-planning the shoot, and secondly by making alterations during set up as to what looked the best for the shot.