Photographers spill the beans on how to shoot food photography … in other words, you won’t be able to do it like them.

cheesecombofull_wide-50002aeca41ca514ea0bb08a455873ddfc727f9a-s40-c85I was turned on to this article at NPR about how a coffee table/food porn book was created.

The description at Digg was:

The jumbo-sized images in “The Photography of Modernist Cuisine” are truly awesome. And while the images themselves are jaw-dropping, perhaps the best part of the book is that the team shares all the secrets about how the photos are made.

In the article, there are tips for how you, too, can photograph food in great ways:

Five Tips From Modern Cuisine For Taking Better Food Snapshots

  1. Look to the light: In restaurants, find a big window with diffuse, indirect lighting, Nathan Mryhold recommends. “If you have to use flash, use a napkin or menu to bounce the light off it and make it diffuse.”
  2. Stand up: The angle at which we usually view dinner doesn’t produce the best photographs. For food that’s flat and wide, shoot the dish from right above. If the food is tall and narrow, get down low and shoot it from the side.
  3. Put it on black: Food is most dramatic sitting on white or black, says The Cooking Lab’s Chris Hoover. “White can create some weird reflections, but black is quite easy shoot.” Place the food black Plexiglass, he says. Then pin a sheet of black velvet on the wall to adsorb the light behind it.
  4. Dip your toe into editing: You don’t need to buy a sophisticated editing tool, Hoover says. “Just get a basic program, like Adobe Lightroom,” he suggests. “It’s easy to understand, and there are tutorials on the web.”
  5. Download an HDR app: For smartphone snapshots, use a high-dynamic range app, like TrueHDR, to capture all the colors and highlights of food.
In other words, you can’t do it, so don’t.
There’s really nothing worse than food shot on a phone. I mean, compared to the large format photography of the featured book, yeah, you should retire.

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