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11-15-2009, 09:40 AM   #1
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I've been playing around with shooting food...and it's REALLY hard to make it look appetizing and interesting. Here's a couple I shot recently:

I'm open to any thoughts anyone has on composition & PP. always!

11-15-2009, 01:30 PM   #2
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Shooting food is harder than it looks.
There's much more to it than a shallow DoF and filling the frame.
Firstly, unless you wanted to shoot a plate of half-finished food, I'd suggest to always shoot the food *before* it has been devoured.
Lighting is crucial - and here, the blue cast over the white china is a little disconcerting.
The bruised apple also takes away from the image's impact. A no-no for me.
The top-down perspective may allow for more of the food to be in focus, but the view is quite ordinary. I'd suggest a more oblique or side on view with a clear area of focus and the remainder of the food in the frame progressively blurred out by a shallow DoF. The pizza shot has too little of the pizza in sharp focus and makes it hard to appreciate how mouth-watering it is.
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Thanks for the thoughts Ash!

In the fist one, I was kinda going for that mid/post-feast look that Bon Appetit occasionally rocks. Agree totally that the whole, top-down look has been very done... But I think the colors are kind of nice.

I should have expanded the DoF on pizza...for sure.
11-20-2009, 04:23 PM   #4
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The composition in the first shot works but it is much much too busy. Too many distracting tasty bits laying around.

The second one again has a decent composition but there is no clear point of focus with such a shallow DOF. The extra plates in the background don't help either. Instant eye-grabbers.



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