Food Photography Styling Walkthrough – Cantaloupe – As I roll along with my blog, one thing has become clear to me: I want to be a food photography artist. Artiste, even. I want to take stunning shots that make me go wow.
Until recently, I was so hung up in I can’t do it! land…that I couldn’t. You have no idea. It wasn’t pretty. But now I’m letting myself relax and not stress out about my photography, and it’s actually getting better. Now that I’ve stopped being hard on myself, I can chill out and enjoy the journey. That more than anything is helping my photography improve.
If you tend to be a little hard on yourself, this is for you. When we’re not busy being hard on ourselves, we actually have good and great ideas. So don’t be hard on yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and if it was it would be a hot mess.
To help me slow down and really take in what I’m doing with my photography, I’m going to start posting these walkthroughs. It’s all the little tweaks I make to a shot, slowed down frame by frame. Doing this helps me stop and think about my pic, about what I like and what I want to change and why. So let’s do this!
I want this to be a scene about cutting up melon. Cantaloupe has a sort of moody taste to me, so I want this pic to be a little moody. I’m all about the seeds in the center, those look neat. The way I cut it I accidentally didn’t go clean across; you can see how it slopes off to the right. I’ll focus on these things.
1. Cantaloupe. Just laying there. I’m not loving it. Think I’ll get some dishes involved. ISO 400, f/4.5, shutter speed 100. Slightly underexposed for moodiness. 2. I like the texture in the plate and how the dark color offsets the orange cantaloupe. I also like the center of the fruit catching the light. 3. It was hard to see the seeds in the center of the slice and they’re interesting, so I shifted it a bit. 4. The top rim of the melon was out of the shot, so I drug the plate down a little. I feel like the upper left corner needs something happening there. 5. Stuck another slice in just to see if I was right. I like it. 6. Added another slice in the back and put a plate under them. Not sure how I feel about my choice of plates. 7. Put the back slices on a round plate that looks more like the main plate, and then sat all that in a second plate to add some interest. Moved the main plate down a little more to balance what’s now a fair amount of activity in the upper left corner. 8. I like the interest the second back plate adds, so I put a well-worn pie plate under the main plate as well and then scoot it down a little more. I feel like the blank space in the lower right of the main plate might need something. 9. Stuck a spent rind in there. Kinda like it, but how did that rind happen? Better put a knife in. 10. Added a knife. It’s a butter knife with a fancy handle I like, so I arranged it so you can’t see the blade and tell it’s a butter knife. The knife I actually use for cutting fruit is pretty meh. I want to see what the knife looks like resting on the main plate.11. Sat the knife up on the rim of the plate. I like it, and it seems to brighten up the cantaloupe in a way I also like. I also moved the rind around a little so the point comes up in an interesting way.
That’s going to be it for this pic. I feel like it’s getting across everything I wanted it to, and I like the way it looks.
Till next time, take care! ~Gin 🙂