One of the few things I’ve always struggled with in my photography, is that I stick to what I’m comfortable with. Perhaps that’s not something that’s just restricted to photography either, but all of my creative outputs. I suppose it’s down to the fact that I have a formula that works for me, and I stick to it. I maybe experiment with new lighting, different lenses, etc., but rarely do I experiment with new subjects altogether.
Both myself and my friend, Anna, who also happens to be a photographer, realised that the only way we can grow and expand our skillset as photographers, is by challenging ourselves. So, we set ourselves a task. Each week, starting this week, we would be assigning ourselves a new subject matter and we’d be tackling it head on. If we struggled, we’d just have to keep working until we understood what it took to shoot in a certain way.
This week we started with food photography, something I’ve never even really thought about personally, but naturally, through Instagram, I see it pretty much every single day.
It’s a photographic style that I don’t really know much about. I’m unsure how to shoot it, what makes it pop, and/or what makes it interesting. I tested shooting it on a plain surfaces and backgrounds, but discovered quickly that it does nothing for the colours or textures in the food at all.
With that in mind, I decided to shoot it in a way that I was familiar with from social media – on a bed, or with textures. Instantly it helped bring more life to the image and it created a sense of warmth and depth.
Adding a rough and rumpled blanket in was the best idea for it, especially as the colours within the blanket paired well with the colours in the food. the syrup, the banana, the pancake. It sparks my interest as to whether that applies across all food photography, and/or photography in general.
I’m a self-confessed learner of the trade. Whilst I’m very confident in my abilities and knowledge of photography, I’m very open-minded to the fact that I’m on a path of learning currently. A path that will hopefully help me get a better grasp not just of how to take a good photograph, but what actually makes a good photograph.