We eat with our eyes, so for a food blogger , photography is such an important aspect. Your images should make your viewers want to lick their screens. Of course your recipes have to be tried and tried again to make sure they are perfect. And then the most important step is getting your blog out there, so that people can enjoy what you have to offer.
In today’s Instagram, foodie and cellphoneography world everyone considers themselves a food photographer. In fact its almost customary to take a photograph of your food before you start eating it. But how many of us know what it actually takes to be a food blogger and photographer. It involves being a researcher, recipe developer, cook, stylist, writer and a photographer before you can begin to edit, upload, and finish off a post.
Food photography is about telling a story – where the ingredients came from, what season you are in, who made it, and for what occasion it is being created. It is not just as simple as throwing a few plates of food on the table, and snapping away from an overhead position at your latest meal. Its all about planning and selecting the right boards or bowls, the best surfaces to place them on, with props of different textures and colours that will all tell the right story and compliment the food to make it as appealing as possible.
Then of course you have to have the freshest ingredients, blemish free fruit and vegetables, you need to make sure the shot is taken before the food congeals, wilts, or melts and all the time chasing the perfect light. We all know that without the perfect light, no one is going to say “wow I want to eat that ” when they see a photograph. Great lighting is essential, and as all my food photographs are taken with natural light, my goal is to capture as much of our amazing African sunshine as I can, because we have an abundance of it.
But key to a good blog post is obviously a great recipe. It may have to be tried and tested a few times before it is good enough to share. And only then can the process of photographing and posting begin.
I Love cooking and I Love photography so what better way to share my life with you. I hope you enjoy the new look Shades of Cinnamon and try a few new recipes.