There are more than a dozen of genres defined for photography. No matter you are a beginner or a pro, you can familiarize yourself with a category of your choice or as per your interest. Food photography comes under still life photography genre and it is used to capture still life photos of food. This category comes under commercial photography and the final output is used in advertisements. The practice of taking food photographs evolved from an overhead perspective to a fascinating and artfully narrow-angled shots. There is a huge demand of food photography professionals in advertising and product profiling. Food stylists have ample opportunities to make money in this field. So, if you are trying to jump in, you should have the competency and artistic brain. Here you can check out what else you need.
You are a beginner. So it’s not required to start with expensive gears. Opt some basic tools as per your need and budget. Some basic equipment: Camera with proper lenses, Tripod and lateral arm, Reflector, Scrim fabric, Lighting, Tethering cable, Spray bottle, Props.
Setting a delicious subject:
If you have a photo that spikes appetite, you won. Prepare yourself with a subject that looks delicious. Doing this is no easy. Bring some fresh ingredients, follow proper preparation and the most important thing is crafting the composition. All these things are related to your sense of creativity.
Setting the light:
Every single aspect of an object if, visible clearly with bright colour and shape, we tell that picture a perfect one. Keep in mind that you are gentle and clever enough in using lights. Learn light angles, use of light to get depth, how to use shadows, etc. If you are expert enough and you know how to use day light, go for the natural light. Find out the best time to get sunlight though your doors. All these things you can ensure when you practice.
Make a portfolio:
You want to become a professional food photographer. It is imperative to have an impressive portfolio so that your customers can shortlist you for their work. Ideally, you should have a website and a book to showcase your creativity.
These aspects are most important for a professional food photographer. Apart from the above you should also have knowledge on lenses, camera angles, use of props (knives, wine glass, stands, cutlery, cutting board etc.), using depth of field, use of tripod and colour calibration, use of camera features (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc.). the most important thing is your creativity and interest on the subject. If you are really interested and confident enough to sell yourself, go for it.