Let’s talk about food (photography)

I am a self-taught photographer (with another job on the side), so everything I know about photography was learnt step by step, tried and tested in time. In the past almost two years, I have learned (with much pleasure) many ins and outs of photography, but there are two things I admit I need help with: food photography and using a flash. The idea of flash (or speed light), I don’t like it; and I know for sure I will avoid it forever, as long as there is sun in the sky (and a window). But food photography, I am fascinated by it (I also love to eat and appreciate good food). There is this guy I follow on Instagram, Matt Armendariz… give him a pile of left overs and dirty dishes and he will take a nice picture of it. So that’s the kind of food photographer I want to be :D. I am also aware he works with cooks and stylists, but I’ve been following him for long enough to understand he doesn’t necessarily need them to be a good photographer.

So, anyway, today I had these raspberries in the fridge and I thought I’d try to be creative. It didn’t work until I got really close to eliminate the context (it is also true I don’t have any nice props and the light is not great in my apartment. I tried also the speed light but I didn’t really like the result. The first two photos (actually the same frame, processed in two slightly different ways) are taken by the window, on a black chair, while the sun was out of the clouds, with a white reflector, no flash (Nikkor 40mm, f/3.3, 1/125 sec, ISO 100). I don’t really remember how the third one happened, but the settings are: f/5.0, 1/100 sec, ISO 100.

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