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Food Photography blunders 17/04/2014
Today I got my first foodgawker submission rejected, and I don't feel as bad as I thought I would. It is a long hard journey (for me ...
Today I got my first foodgawker submission rejected, and I don't feel as bad as I thought I would. It is a long hard journey (for me anyway) learning about food photography, and that's time and money I didn't have much of when I first started this blog. I lived at my mums still and took pictures on my camera phone (which was a really old phone anyway) and i edited my pictures on a nice little bit of equipment called 'gimp' so I think you'll understand that difficulty I had when trying to produce pictures of foodgawker style.
I don't think you have to have amazing pictures to have a great blog, and I certainly don't think you have to have it all figured out, sure it helps, but it would be silly to suggest I've always had my SLR camera (or that I've known how to use it) and that I've always had my photoshop.
I haven't and I'm not ashamed, not one bit. In fact, here are a few of my favourite "bad food photography blunders" that prove I always had style.
I know most people find it really embarrassing to share their old food photography, but I'm going to do it anyway, because they make me giggle. Come join me on my journey through food photography.
Yes, I just referred to it as a journey. I'm still a little high on the sudafed.
As I started to get more into writing my blog, I read that interesting plates and dining ware was essential for creating good pictures. What is more interesting that a cow plate? Like, this is a serious question. A cow plate and little cow egg cup of jam. I even positioned the cow cup to look like it was eating the rock cakes. (Oh yeah, they are rock cakes by the way) This picture is chock-a-block FULL of interesting stuff. Look there's even a remote in it.
I don't know whether it's the ghostly swirl coming off the tuna steaks (Tagline idea: my food's so good, even the dead want it), or the fact I managed to get a mop handle in the shot but this is one of my favourite foodie faux pas. It's everything the guide books tell you is wrong with a photo of food, but I loved it, because it was the first photo I took where something was clear and in focus. Carol Sachs here I come.
I don't think there are words for the excellence in this picture. I really don't. It actually makes me laugh to see that one iced little cupcake sitting on top on an un-iced cupcake. I see it and there's this whole little situation going on in my head where the little cake is totally the boss of the bigger one. Once more, I read online that interesting backdrop were good for photography. So I put a jug of flowers in the corner of the shot. Can you get much better? No. No, you can't.
These oatcakes are burnt, yes, but my motto in life is waste nothing. I didn't even bother to hide the burn marks. Why? Because I thought people would appreciate my honesty. I thought these little pictures cried out "Life is about making mistakes. It's about embracing those mistake or something, it's about seeing the burn marks, and putting them in your mouth anyway, or like... not caring or something. That charcoaled taste is the taste of sweet sweet victory." Some really cool uplifting quote like that... When in reality, it was "I burnt the oatcakes because I started watching Doctor who and forgot about them. I'm a pig, so I ate them anyway."
I swear to god, this is stewing apples. It's hard to take a good picture of stewing apples on any camera. So pretty proud of this one.
I won't lie. Not quite sure what this is. I think that's a mushroom? And some baby sweetcorn? Too much veg to be a soup... not enough water to be a stew? Answers on a postcard.
I got a better camera, and made a brownie. I made an interesting background (See mini whisk in background, and artfully place wooden spoon.) The downside here is the foil reflects the yellow of my t-shirt and effectively ruins my shot. I still liked it though. I thought I could see faces in the swirls.
"Opt in on key trends, publish recipes that will resonate with your public" Cue picture of two jars of nutella. That'll get people talking. The only thing more pretentious that that advice and calling people who chose to read your blog your "public" (we aren't royalty guys) is that I just thought putting up a picture of nutella would make me awesome. It does, by the way. Look at that bad boy. 1KG. You can hear the heart palpitations.
I thought I'd finish on a high note. The first time I realised that natural light didn't mean taking a picture outside with a flash on, but taking it during DAYLIGHT near somewhere that light actually reached. (Top food photography tip there, don't say I don't dispel wisdom).
So there you have it. If you've ever been dismissed by a food photography site, or have looked at someone else's food blog and thought "damn, I'll never be that good" please remember that they probably have a folder on their computers, just like I do, called "Learning curves".
And now, there are 3 more installments of it!
Food photography blunders 2
Food photography blunders 3
Food photography blunders 4
Till the next time all,
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