Food Photography: A Recipe For Success! (Part 2)

Eton mess cake

In my first 'Food Photography: A Recipe for Success!' blog ( 1st August 2019 ) I discussed the benefits of an indoor studio photoshoot and the use of a suitable tripod and good lighting to achieve excellent results!

The other benefit of course to an indoor studio photoshoot is that you have total control over all the elements: the lighting, the setting and the exact placement of the food itself...right down to the finest details!

The other side of food photography is one where you don't have the same control over the above mentioned elements, and that is street food or market fayre photography. Generally you will not have control over the lighting or the placement or design layout of the food on display. This type of photoshoot will be in a more natural setting and less contrived thus giving your shots a more organic natural look to the finished results.

The local market place, high street greengrocers and indoor/outdoor food stalls or festivals are a good opportunity for this type of photography. Many types of food with a wide range and variety of colours and textures are available to photograph. The up side to this type of photography is that all the hard work in setting up the display has already been done for you...all you need to do is get right in there with some unusual angles and close-ups and start snapping away!

Autumn fruit and veg at market

Generally I find that the street vendors or shop owners are quite happy for you to photograph their food, however discernment and patience is always a good idea when dealing with the public, and it may be beneficial to have a chat with some of the owners first just to get a good rapport going rather than annoying them!

I have found that people are usually polite and flexible for you to take photos of their displays if you explain your hobby to them, it makes it a more enjoyable relaxed experience for both of you, and sometimes the owners will go the extra mile to accommodate you and offer other suggestions for you to take more photographs. So being polite can work in your favour and open up other doors and opportunities that might otherwise have been closed to you!

Just casually walking along the high street on a sunny day with camera in hand as you pass the street vendors can yield good results with many unusual outdoor displays to photograph.

Below are a few examples of food photography captured at food fairs and in the high street:

Strawberry fayre

Fresh fruit at market

If you are going into an indoor mall or food market this can be a little more challenging as the lighting will be artificial, but it can also work to your advantage as it can give you some unique looking shots.

Green olives and chilli peppers

Cheeses from around the world

The food displays can be quite organic and natural when you visit greengrocers and fairs and gives you a good opportunity to get some unusual abstract close-up shots of texture and form:

King oyster mushrooms

Nursery gardening garden centre food leeks fresh organic vegetables

The seasons throughout the year can give you many varieties of food types to photograph, and checking in newspapers or magazines regarding when local food fairs will be available to you is a good way to organise and prepare for a visit!

Photo credits: Photodynamx.

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August 31, 2019


Good to have your comments again on this subject....nice new profile photo too!

August 30, 2019


Dang, I'm hungry now. But I'll take the desert at the top and leave the vegetables for everyone else! And great tips and catchy title too! William 

August 27, 2019


Thank you for this interesting article !

August 26, 2019


much thanks for your comments and reading blog!

August 25, 2019


Vert useful article. Thanks you !

August 24, 2019


thanks for reading article glad you found it helpful!

August 24, 2019


thank you for the thoughts. very nice

August 21, 2019


Glad to hear you found this post inspiring all the best with this type of photography!

August 20, 2019


A wonderful new venue to think about in what I will photograph next.  Thank you for the thoughts and model images!

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