Food in Raw
Food photography has been much more interesting that I ever imagined it to be. The condition, that predominantly, the subject is more or less stationary sort of conceals the underlying fact that there is, in fact, a lot of thoughtful planning that goes into the conception ( and execution) of the final product – the food photograph .
A visualization of the setting with the inclusion of the props, its relative arrangement, the photography angle, depth of focus (just to list out a few), I have realized and learnt, are things that are very essential for a decent photograph. Note, I use the word ‘decent’ and not ‘good’. The reason being I am yet to experience that ‘good’ shot or photograph from the many assignments I create ( and have created) for myself. I hope to get to the point where I can sort my pictures into a bin titled ‘good’…..someday!
But for now, I continue to scribble on my scratch paper a figment of what I anticipate the outcome would look and feel . I constantly struggle with the results – some that are better than my set goal or so I think, while the others end up getting deleted after that first look.
I have always wondered how many photographs a pro would take to get to that perfect shot. I don’t know if I would ever get a clue or if even its a fair question to consider asking a pro. However, there’s one thing I know for sure and that is – I am not even close to what a pro would consider a ‘bad day’ when the outcomes don’t turn out quite the way they would have expected it to.
As an amateur without any professional training in the field of photography, I am on the constant look out of the opportunities that either come my way or rely on myself to create assignments.
A recent photo opportunity that came my way, was when a friend ( who shares my enthusiasm for photography) asked if I were game to visit a farmer’s market close by us with the focus being - you guessed it right, photography. I was thrilled. Experimenting with food in raw has been on its own constant thought process in my little brain. So, this was a prospect I could not refuse or resist.
It was key that I do my homework. I listed out the things and angles I could capture all the produce and produce related things. I also made a few additional mental notes, the day of, since the props, the settings, the positioning of the subject would all be available without my interference or input in a setting like this. Truly, this was great, because it allowed me to give my undivided attention to the camera settings to get those decent shots I was hoping to capture.
It was quite a goal for me to be able to capture food in its raw form. Though I am not sure how an experienced photographer would rate my self -created assignment, I know I have taken a teeny – tiny baby step in the direction and have infinite miles to go before I get to have that little bin of mine titled ‘my- good pictures’.
Someone once told me, its not just the camera, lens and settings but a large percentage of how the photography finally looks also depends a huge deal on post processing. My skills are very limited- not by the tool I use, but rather by my restricted familiarity with the myriad processing functions it offers. This I would say, this time around, worked to my advantage, because I had to constantly remind myself each time to carefully plan the shot in order to create the same picture that registered in my brain.
Overall, the experience was stimulating, interesting and has helped me gain confidence to venture out in the world of capturing food in its raw form.
I am hoping my learnings help improve my photography skills and help me have that little bin I have now spoken about thrice already in the post, sooner than I expect!
Until, then, truly trying to stay positive.