AD: I was invited to this event as a member of Fynske Influencers,
but I am not obligated or paid to write about it. All opinions are – as always – my own.
Food is for shooting, not eating.
At least that’s the rule when you meet up with a bunch of bloggers to learn how to take amazing pictures of food!
It’s currently after the event, I’m sat in bed with that wonderful post-event buzz*, editing images.
just caused by alcohol
This was the third event by Fynske Influencers I went to (you can read about the lovely christmas one here and meet up here). I’m still amazed (and grateful) that other bloggers volunteer their freetime to arrange these events for the community – it’s certainly made me feel connected to the blogger community, especially the local one in a way I haven’t before!
On to the event. Restaurant mmoks had made their rooms available to us, and throughout the day served delicious dishes that we could practice styling and photographing. They did present the dishes, but because
I’m a terrible human everything they said just translated into fancy food in my brain. So I can’t tell you what I’ve photographed – but I can show you my personal favorites of the pictures I took, and whether the food on it was delicious! 😂
To teach us about food styling, two talented members of the community stepped up. Anna from GrødGrisen (roughly translates to Oats-pig), who shoots amazing pictures of breakfast food (just look at her Instagram 😍) shared her best tips on food styling – and making the best of a “primitive” set up. Basically all the best tips & tricks for people who don’t have a studio or all the right equipment, but still want to take decent pictures at home!
The second teacher of the day was actual photographer Malene Nelting. I’ve always been a bit intimidated of the manual settings on my DSLR. I have tried to learn to use it multiple times, watched so many youtube tutorials, but I always gave up in the end because it always made my pictures worse (which is totally the tutorials fault and not because I didn’t understand it). For a photographer, the lesson we got was very basic – but I’m not, which is why it was perfec! I’ve learned how to tinker with my camera’s settings, and seen with my own eyes how the different settings affects the image (which is something I always struggled with).
Learning by doing just works!
I also realised my camera has multiple autofocus settings, and it’s been on the wrong kind for the way I mainly use it all the time I’ve owned (mind blown). And I learned how to change the whitebalance settings – now I just need to get comfortable tinkering with aperture, iso and shutter speed.
I can’t wait to spend a weekend trying out the new tips I learned soon. We did get to practice a lot, but we were also a lot of people trying to take pictures of the same things in a room with a limited amount of windows (gotta get that natural light). And I learned about my camera’s settings near the end of the event (and still need to study my manual to completely get it) – tinkering with the setup is easier to do at home, and I always have fun being creative with my camera.
I want to end the post with a quick list of my main take-aways from the day, and I hope you’ll find the usefull too.
- Streamline your editing. Use the same filter or preset from VSCO, snapseed, Lightroom or whatever you use (Lightroom is what I use). Only do minor individual editing, so your all pictures will get the same feel.
- Take your time. Especially while you’re learning, it takes time to build up experience and know what just works.
- Shoot in natural lightning (I already knew that, which is why I take close to 0 food pictures during winter). What I didn’t know is that flamingo is an excellent (and cheap) reflector that will improve the lightning.
- Learn about the exposure triangle – that’s the one describing ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
- Going for the awkward crouching/standing on a chair to get the right angle is not only acceptable, it’s encouraged. There’s no room for embarrasment if you want the perfect shot 😂
- Style food pictures in a way that compliments the food, not overshadows it – keep it simple!
- If you want to take good pictures at a restaurant, ask for a seat at the window
- Using your phone’s flash for taking pictures is a sin.
Let me know if you want to see me write more about (food) photography in the future!
You might also want to read: Blog Photography – How to Take Pictures on Your Own