Shorthorn photographer Richard Hoang wrote (left):
The photo was taken at an aperture of 1.8 and the main focus was on the main dish (beef stew). I used a flash to bounce off the ceiling to get light to hit the stew since it was in a bowl. A drink and loaf of bread is used to add more content into the photo but not distract the viewer from the main dish.
Shorthorn photographer Brandon Gray wrote:
I wanted the theme to be lunch obviously. I really wanted to focus on the chicken wraps. More on the ingredients inside of the wrap rather than what is surrounding it. Florescent lighting was in the room. I used a flash which was pointed to the ceiling.
When photographing food it’s not always about everything on the plate. When you try to focus on everything people don’t know what to look at. Here our photographers knew what part of their meal they wanted to focus on. To do that you not only need to focus on the area you want, but also bring the aperture down. As Richard said about his photo, his aperture was set at 1.8. When the aperture is low it helps clean up the background and keeps it from distracting from the main focus.
Everyone eats food everyday, so right before you dig in to your meal try to snap a photo of it focusing on just one part of the meal. It could be anything from the tomato on your McDonald’s burger to your grandma’s biscuits.
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