Fruit and vegetables are a common subject for both food and still life genres of photography. Photographers of other fields, who are locked indoors due to the pandemic, can keep practicing the art with fruits and vegetables available, to brush up their photography skills which might have got rusted. Here are the 3 expert tips for you that will help you to improve styling, choose a good background, and shoot perfectly.
Here are the top 3 creative ideas for you to click fruits and vegetables:-
Tips for styling
Make sure you choose only the best products available in the market. Check for the overall freshness, and marks or blemishes. If you are to shoot cut fruit or veggies, use a sharp knife to make them look neat in photos. Be swift, because it might turn brown fast. You can use protecting solutions that are available in the market to prevent that. Also, before shooting, soak the fruits or vegetables in vitamin C solution. It will add a freshness to its texture. To enhance the color, wash the fruits and vegetables in ice water after that. To make the food look lustrous, you can use glycerin too. Prepare a mixture of glycerin and water in a 50-50 ratio, and spray it over the fruits or vegetables. There is one warning though- glycerin is not safe to consume- and so never eat or let anyone else eat those foods. Sprinkling water works fine too, but adding glycerin will make sure that it doesn't evaporate fast. You can add a trickle of juice to achieve the same purpose of freshness too.
Tips for shooting
You can experiment with the shots. In the case of fruits and vegetables, you can opt for macro shots that are otherwise not so aesthetic in other types of food photography. As the subject is well known to the audience, you can go too close, and they will not wonder about what it is. Keep in mind that most of the subject will be out of focus so you need to identify the most striking element of your subject and focus on that. If the fruit or vegetable does not have an interesting feature, don’t go for macro photography and take regular shots. The depth of field will be shallow.
Tips to choose background and props
Choosing a correct backdrop is as important as anything. You can use a color wheel to select the color of the background that will go well with the color of the fruit or vegetable. You can choose props according to this too. Keep away from using too vibrant backdrops because it will make the subject look dull. You can opt for cool tones like blue if the fruit or vegetable is bright-colored, and warm tones like yellow if it is dark in color. If you are clicking a bunch of fruits, go for neutral backdrops like grey, light brown, etc. Do not use too many props that might be distracting for the audience. Colorful linen or an attractive fruit basket may catch the viewer’s eyes, but if they keep staring at them only, your work is not done. If you are using cut fruits, arrange the pieces in beautiful patterns.
Watch your photos carefully after clicking. If your mouth waters and you feel like jumping on the plate and grabbing the fruit, or have a great dish with the veggies, you are wholly successful as a photographer.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content writer, WPC.