Advise to Food Photographers

I have downloaded 131 images, primarily soups and during my searches for specific soups I have noticed a couple of things that stop me from purchasing certain images.

1. Think before you take the picture as many of the images are not realistic, even if they are very pleasing to the eye. As an example, don't put beef stock in a fine china soup bowl - stock is used as a base to prepare soups, gravies, and stews. Put it in a measuring cup, pot or glass jar.

2. Before you garnish the heck out of a food dish, take a picture before you apply any garnish. That provides me with a base picture to add my own garnishes if I want - it's a pain to remove a couple of dozen small bits of chives to get to the base picture. It costs you nothing to shoot the picture without the garnish. Soups that appear in glasses or cups should be drinkable, if you load it with globs of sour cream or other items that don't flow when you raise it to your mouth you will have soup running down the sides of your mouth.

3. You have spent a great deal of time setting up the plate to be photographed. Take photos from numerous angles and distances.

4. Keywords - I found a picture, by accident, of cattle soup.

I can't believe that anyone would actually search for "cattle soup". The dish contains herbs - tell me what they are, not just the keyword "herbs". Tell me the kind of beans, the kind of meat and by the way the photographers that believe that you can place a whole hot dog, or full lengths of chives on top of a bowl of soup, obviously have never eaten soup! The keywords must match what I can see in the picture - if I can't see the potatoes (unless it's a cream of potato soup) don't tell me there are potatoes in it.

5. If you want to sell food pictures, I would suggest that in most cases, simple is better than complex.

I need thousands of soup pictures - keep on shooting!!

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September 21, 2013

Peanutroaster

I just up loaded a bunch of soup shots. thanks for the suggestion!

September 20, 2013

Freedomsfolio

Wow! a blog from a buyer!! It's really interesting!! To all buyers...keep them coming and help us know your requirement better! Thanks for sharing!

September 18, 2013

Virgilxxn

I do all prep and shoot food, so you insights are very interesting. I find easier to shoot food on white or black slates...Check my portfolio for some unussual textures and ideas :) Kind regards

September 17, 2013

Egomezta

Great blog, thanks for sharing.

September 16, 2013

Reberman

I received a response from an editor at DT with respect to taking multiple pictures from different angles with different garnishes, etc. I don't see it as a problem - following is the reply:

"Our policy regarding this topic focuses on duplicates or blatant similarities between images, and countless numbers of pictures on the same subject with no significant differences to offer a really useful variety to our buyers. We encourage taking different approaches to a specific subject, soups in this case, and, as you well pointed, appreciate variety rather than using the exact same angle/lighting/setup with only the content of the bowl being changed.
So, as a brief answer, we are open to variations on the same subject, as long as a series is not overwhelmed with similarity."

September 12, 2013

Sean2see

Good Blog, Thank you for your advice.
Good luck for sells.

September 12, 2013

Reberman

Metsafile:

I have asked DT for clarification on this issue.

"Take photos from numerous angles and distances."

I think this would be interpreted as too many similar images by DT reviewers.

September 12, 2013

Metsafile

"Take photos from numerous angles and distances."

I think this would be interpreted as too many similar images by DT reviewers.

September 12, 2013

Heathse

Thank you! We need more designers to tell us what they need.

September 12, 2013

Angelaravaioli

But my Moroccan soup not interested? I took the photo in Marrakech before eating the soup, as I have served ... More realistic than this!
Was also very good!
:-)!!!

September 11, 2013

Alvera

Wish more designers be like you.

September 11, 2013

Julia161

Very useful remarks, thanks for sharing!

September 11, 2013

Tonnywu76

Thanks for the useful advise and input which directly from the buyer yourself.

September 10, 2013

Gmargittai

I wish we could have more of these type of blogs. Very few customers ever bother to give any feedback. We are literally "shooting in the dark". Thank you for helping.

I have a few pictures selling well, others not so much and I really can't tell the reason. There must be a reason... but it escapes me.

September 10, 2013

Laurasinelle

Thanks for sharing!!!!

September 10, 2013

ecadphoto

Excellent blog! I especially liked your information about making it realistic. While shooting hot peppers the other day, I had a really pretty antique fork that I thought about putting in the photo. Then I started thinking, would someone really be eating these with a fork? Maybe, but probably not!

You have reinforced certain things as a designer which is fantastic!!!

September 10, 2013

Peanutroaster

Also if you could add a few images that you've purchase to this blog so we can see examples of excellent shots. Thanks!

September 10, 2013

Peanutroaster

Excellent! Thanks for sharing. Its always great to hear from image buyers so we can provide images that are needed. Any specific soups you need?

September 10, 2013

Szebas

No soup in my port either, I usually skip that from my menu, but if I'd have any and a client would like something edited out of the image/images he or she bought from me I'd jump right in to edit them for free, easy peasy I ain't that greedy :)

September 10, 2013

Qin0377

Thank you! Your suggestions are important to me! Good Luck!

September 09, 2013

Lenutaidi

I have not soup in my portfolio. After this blog, I think I get to make soups:)Thank you for advice!Thank you for sharing!

September 09, 2013

Rigsby8131

Great blog. Thanks for the advice!!!

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