I decided in July to produce more images in both genres but even after playing around for hours this month I have little that really "works" for me, nothing that I am proud of. So back to the drawing board. I started by gathering collections of images in both genres and looking at what I like about them. I attempted reproducing some but adding my own touches - this still did nothing for me. Next I reached out to other photographers for advice and was offered a few suggestions of tutorials. I have already watched about 5 tutorials on food photography in the last month, mostly on lighting and partly on food styling tips, I learned a little and was able to improve on some lighting set ups, but the more I do the more I realise I have to learn. From simple things such as what to do about reflections in cutlery and glass objects to really planning how I want to draw the viewer in.
So I have started watching more tutorials, I started with some from Gavin Hoey who demonstrated some excellent lighting techniques, following by looking at his wife Sams website which involves a tonne of food photography.
After this I enjoyed several youtube tutorials by "The Bite shot", on lighting, composition and also making backdrops. I had started creating backdrops a month or so back ready for this project after watching another tutorial, but The Bite shot has some great tips for producing wonderful textured backgrounds/surfaces. So I feel like I am getting somewhere with having a small range of backdrops to use and a few props that I created out of air dry clay and polymer clay ( I am quite sure more will be made). I am trying to keep this low budget and use what I have, so backdrops and props have mostly been created from products that I or my partner have had, plus I have managed to get some donations of paints to use on my backdrops. My backdrops are not waterproof or wipeable though, so I need to apply layers of matte transparent paint rather than risk ruining them with wet foods or spillages. I will try to get this done in the next few weeks - its a necessary cost.
What I feel like I have learned most from up to now is "The Bite shot"s composition tutorials which I now need to put into practice. I will look for other tutorials on composition in these genres and my next blog will hopefully contain images which are better composed.