I am sure that You follow many talented food photographers and stylists on Instagram, admiring their work, getting inspired by their creative solutions, technical skills, and wondering: how they achieved the high level of professionalism that their images are constantly signaling?
What if I tell You, that we open the treasure-box of their knowledge and You can read about the decisions, skills or gear that had the biggest impact on their food photography?
That's right! I've teamed up with the creators you admire the most, to ask them about these things and I will also share my perspective on this topic.
But, before this great fun starts, I want to share one of the biggest achievements in my photography career. This year my image not only has been shortlisted, but it made it to be a finalist and got
honored with the 'Highly Commended' title
in the Food Bloggers category of
Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2020 Awards.
So, my friend, I would like to officially announce this unbelievable milestone of my creative life and also congratulate all categories and overall winners of the awards! You can have a look at my finalist photograph below. These are not fruits, but some pretty, traditional Hungarian Wedding Peach Cakes, and of course, the recipe of this vintage dessert is available on the blog.
And now back to the super exciting topic of this post! Let's see the answers of many talented creatives about the most important things that had the biggest impact on their food photography!
I noticed the most significant leap forward in my photography when I learned to shoot in manual mode. It was the first time that I felt in control of the images I was creating.
The decision that set me on track to become a professional food photographer was when I contacted Rachel Korinek @twolovesstudio at the beginning of 2017 for a critique service she was offering. I wanted to know if I had anything worth nurturing or even continuing with.
Skills. My most important skill is to understand the clients' needs. What would I do with all the technical stuff I have mastered if I am unable to transmit the right message my clients want, hired me for? Knowing why my photographs help selling their product will make them understand and value the work I do. I studied Tourism and Hospitality Management and worked in hotels for many years before I became a photographer and it is a fantastic advantage for me, I understand their business needs and I can, of course, sell myself, my services.
The most important change I made to the way I approach food photography was to style and edit until I was content. I never start shooting a scene after setting it up once. I usually rearrange several times before I start photographing. Ultimately I try to push myself until the set is perfect. This same concept applies to editing. Re-style and re-edit.
I would say Lightroom had the biggest impact on my photography so far. Being able to use presets helped me develop a consistent style for my photographs. I believe that being consistent is important for people to recognize your work and to be able to relate to your photography.