Lisa Lansing

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Why I like food photography

I’m so glad it’s the weekend finally! I haven’t been up to much yesterday and today besides cooking and editing food photos. Time well spent!

When I’m not filming for a video, I dedicate most of my time to my food photography. This is my favourite creative outlet with videography a close second. I usually aim to photograph three meals a day just for the practice. You become good at photography not because of the camera you use, but because you’ve put in the time with your camera. I’m always looking to improve my photography so I give myself as much practice as I can get.

I’ve come to enjoy using my DSLR even though I had no idea how to use it when I first purchased it. Transitioning from using my iPhone to photograph food to using a DSLR was frustrating and intimidating but I’m glad I persevered! To be honest, I still feel like I’m barely scratching the surface when it comes to fully understanding my camera, but at least I’m able to learn new things daily.

I still need to improve my composition in food photos since I’m stuck on overhead shots lately, but I’m very pleased with my latest photographs. Colours are the most important to me because I want the food in the photograph to look as vibrant as it looks to me when it’s in front of me, just before I dig in. Editing the colours takes the most time, especially editing greens for some reason! I can never make them look “green” enough. Does that make sense?

I even map out my photos the day prior by planning the following day’s meals to ensure I have all the ingredients on hand. I prefer to have several plating options in advance so I research new ways to plate my meals by searching through photographs on food blogs or Instagram. For instance, if I know I’m having oatmeal for breakfast, the night before I think about how I’ll decorate my oatmeal with berries or bananas or chia seeds.

This sounds like a lot of planning in advance just for a photo, but I always have a vision of each photo in my mind well before I grab my camera and even before I start cooking.

And the end result is so satisfying to me. I’m able to create a photo which represents my vision (almost) perfectly!

Thanks to Kuba for teaching me how to use my camera and for introducing me to Lightroom and Photoshop. He’s always willing to help me and doesn’t mind waiting to eat if I need to photograph our meal. 🙂

I hope you have a good start to your weekend! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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