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#27 --- Start Deconstructing Food Photos

30 August, 2014
--- Today we will start reading the photograph. Feeding your brain on a regular basis is important. Studying great food photo helps you learn several aspects of it in one photo. --- As you look at food photographs the goal should not be to just flip the pages and think “yummy”. I hope in last four weeks after discussing several aspects that make a food photo beautiful, you are able to read these photos in a more detailed way than just saying “yummy”. Reading the photo helps you understand the decisions that photographer has made while creating the photo. How do you go about actually reading a food photo? When you are starting to read the photo, make sure there are some questions that are on the back of your mind. So let’s start with the questions. Take a look at the list of questions below. Not all questions will apply to everyone and rather than explaining this, let’s take a look at 10 questions. This should give you a good start: - What is appealing about this photograph? - Who is the main character of the story? - What do you think is the story? - Can you identify the direction of light source? - What props do you see in the photo? - What can you tell about harmony of the photo and its balance? - How is the space used? - Can you identify the camera angle and where was camera relative to the food? - How is the background? - What can you say about the location of the food photo? - These are some questions that you can ask when trying to read the photo. Using these answers you should be able to develop a good understanding of how the photo changes when any one element of photo changes.
List of food photographers: 1. Matt Armendariz 2. Penny De Los Santos 3. Aran Goyoaga 4. Lara Ferroni 5. Beatrice Peltre 6. Helene Dujardin 7. Teri Campbell 8. Katie Quinn Davies
- Step 1 – Pick two photographers from the list above and visit their portfolio. - Step 2 – Pick just one photo you like from each photographer - Step 3 – Share which two photographers you picked in the Facebook group. - Step 4 – Share you results. Share the deconstruction process you followed. What were your observations?
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I picked up these two photographers: Beatrice Peltre and Teri Campbell. TERI CAMPBELL - What is appealing about this photograph? dark mood with vivid colors - Who is the main character of the story? red onion on background - What do you think is the story? fresh vegetable from the garden, preparation of lunch - Can you identify the direction of light source? from the right side - What props do you see in the photo? fresh herbs, wooden board, black pepper spices - What can you tell about harmony of the photo and its balance? nice game with light and colors, red and green and dark - How is the space used? perfect - Can you identify the camera angle and where was camera relative to the food? cca 45 degrees camera angle - How is the background? dark wooden board, black background - What can you say about the location of the food photo? home, table BEATRICE PELTRE - What is appealing about this photograph? bright light mood, softness, freshness - Who is the main character of the story? four goat cheese circles - What do you think is the story? early morning, fresh homemade cheese from the countryside farm for breakfast - Can you identify the direction of light source? both sides - What props do you see in the photo? white amazing designed knife, napkin, fresh herbs, twine - What can you tell about harmony of the photo and its balance? centred balance - How is the space used? it is centred image, two pairs of different kind of cheese - Can you identify the camera angle and where was camera relative to the food? overhead camera angle - How is the background? soft white napkin - What can you say about the location of the food photo? home, table