Foodbuzz Festival 2010: Food Photography and Video Blogging Sessions
Posted Nov 08 2010 8:58pm
Made it home from San Francisco! Wow, my head is still spinning from the whirlwind of activity at the Foodbuzz Festival . The best part by far was meeting some of my blogging buddies in person (like Sophia and Lynn ) and meeting new friends, too! I also learned a ton about what it takes to be a really great blogger and I am inspired to develop my skills.
On that note, I thought I'd put together my notes from the sessions I attended on Saturday morning. The "It's a Snap" food photography presentation was really helpful by Laura and Marc , but I learned the most by hanging around afterwards and listening to Marc answer questions.
Here's my cheat sheet of what I learned!
You don't necessarily need a fancy camera, but one that can shoot in RAW format and has a macro mode.
If you are photographing an "ugly" food, use color in other places like a placemat or dish to make it pretty.
Use natural light whenever possible (never a flash!). BUT, the second best option to natural light is to buy an inexpensive lamp with a translucent shade and a 40 watt fluorescent lightbulb. An example of an easy set-up:
To take a photo like this
A white posterboard can be used as well to help reflect the light back onto the food.
Play with the angle of your camera and the placement of the subject in the photo. The subject doesn't necessarily have to be pictured in the center. In fact, off-center is preferred. This has to do with the "rule of thirds."
The video blogging session was equally interesting. The star of that presentation was John from Food Wishes . John assured all of us that equipment should not hold us back from video blogging. Some of the tips I picked up included:
Don't shoot the entire process of cooking a meal. Record some of the prep and the beginning and then stop the taping and pick it up again at the end.
2-5 minutes is the range for a good food video with 3 minutes possibly being the ideal length.
The key to success in video blogging is having lots of quality content. Emphasis on the lots.
If you have a Mac, just use iMovie to edit.
Be careful not to speak too fast in the video.
Shoot the video in natural light or with a simple lighting set-up. Nothing fancy.