There was a time, a pre Martha Steward time, when food was photographed merely as that – food on a plate. No one thought much about arrangement or background lighting.
Today all that has changed. Today food photography is an accepted field of professional endeavor. Currently there are four popular styles of photographic images being created.
Photographers using this format seek to tell a visual story. They structure their layout to transport their viewers to another world past or futuristic.
While some food photographers prefer natural many others work with studio lights. Focused light, if correctly placed, can highlight details and direct the viewer’s eye to specific points.
As digital technology expands, creating ever new applications, video is rapidly increasing on sites such as Instagram and Facebook. The focus is on short and informative with the average film clip running only 30 seconds in length.
Today creative angles are everything, especially vertical. This approach is very popular with dedicated foodies who feel compelled to photograph their restaurant dinner with their mobile phone.