4 ways to creatively compose cookery shots
If you’re a bit of a foodie fan and love getting creative in your kitchen then you’ll have multiple opportunities to photograph your creations. We’ve got some top tips to help you set up the perfect compositions of your tasty treats and the FUJIFILM X-T100 is the perfect camera for the job.
1. Shoot from above
Flat lay images are one of the top trends at the moment and they’re great for showing off multiple objects. Find a suitable background such as a textured table or a coloured piece of card and experiment with laying out some or all of your ingredients and utensils. Try lining up objects perfectly for a clean layout or create a freer layout by scattering your objects around the frame. Be brave, you don’t have to keep tidy – maybe sprinkle some flour in gaps or add sprigs of herbs. Flat lays need to be shot from above so a flip-out screen, like the versatile three-way tilt LCD on the X-T100 is really handy here, or for ease you could mount your camera on a tripod. It’s a good idea to take some test shots and then see if there are any objects that need moving slightly.
2. In the kitchen
Documenting a cookery process is a great way to tell the story behind the creation of your dishes or bakes, and as you’ll be in a kitchen it’s literally the perfect setting! Instead of capturing the finished article, include these process elements in your photography; a spoon in a mixing bowl of ingredients, or chopped fruit or veg on a chopping board with the knife set aside. When taking these photographs consider what is in the background of your shot; if you have a messy kitchen you may want to tidy up! Try a variety of low and high angles so you have multiple options to choose from.
3. Include a hand
Try adding human elements, like a hand, into your frame. If you’ve got a friend or family member helping, get them involved or mount your camera on a tripod and use the self-timer mode to photograph yourself. Hands are integral to any cooking method, so try adding them in during each stage of the process; holding some ingredients, mixing or even holding the finished product ready to eat!
4. Find the perfect format
Remember to shoot a variety of portrait and landscape images. While landscape images are better for displaying on websites and blogs, shooting in both orientations will give you a broader variety of images to choose from. If you’re shooting for Instagram also consider shooting in the 1:1 ratio to allow you to compose the shot and shoot square images in the camera, without having to crop them later on.
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