In 2017, Maru/Matchbox reported that 69 percent of millennials take at least one photo (or video) of their meal before eating it. That’s a lot of craving-inducing content floating around social media. So how does one add diversity to their foodie-filled Insta-feed?
From taking flat lay shots to tossing food in the air, new styling trends are always surfacing on Instagram, but recently food action photography has been making an appearance. Before you dive into your next meal, consider applying one of these action shot tactics to your portfolio.
1 SPRINKLE ON EXCITEMENT
Applying the finishing touches to a dish is a moment of peak anticipation. Whether it’s sprinkling toppings on a sundae or grated Parmesan on pasta, use your camera’s continuous shooting mode with a fast shutter speed (faster the better) to freeze the motion of your small subjects.
2 DRAW OUT THE MOMENT
Another way to evoke the feeling of anticipation or longing for a dish is to draw out the motion you intend to capture. For example, a detailed snap of a delectable sauce being poured over an entrée is a great opportunity to highlight textures and add dimension to your image.
To do this, use a faster shutter speed to freeze the motion and widen your aperture to create more separation between your subject and the background.
3 GIVE YOUR PHOTO DEPTH
Dimension and depth of field go hand-in-hand. A shot of melty cheese being stretched from pizza (or in this case, mac n cheese) in front of the rest of the table that’s slightly out of focus makes the photo feel more real. To accomplish this, use a wider aperture setting (F1-4) to create shallow depth of field, isolating the cheese being stretched.