The Best and Worst Colors for Photographing Food

by Christina Peters on March 22, 2015

Best Colors for Shooting Food | Food Photography Blog

There used to be an old saying when photographing food – you NEVER shoot food on blue.  I’m sure it originated in the 70’s when we had Home Economists, now called food stylists, working in test kitchens at places like Campbells and Kraft.  I have no clue why this became a rule as blue is a wonderful color for so many foods.

Today I’ll be talking about what colors you should use when photographing food.  I think the best way to think about this is to just break your food down into colors.  Don’t think about what the food is, just what is the most dominant color in your food.

We need to look at the color wheel from art class.  I’ll be talking about complementary colors and analogous colors.  I can write an entire post about color, but that wouldn’t be too exciting and there’s already been enough written about it.  So I’m going to make this very simple and talk about these colors as we use them in food photography.

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Inspiring Food Photography from The Modernist Cuisine

by Christina Peters on February 19, 2015

Modernist Cuisine | Food Photography Blog

The Hidden Garden by Ryan Matthew Smith/Modernist Cuisine LLC

If you haven’t seen this yet – you really need to add this to your list.  I’m talking about the massive cooking encyclopedia called The Modernist Cuisine:  The Art and Science of Cooking.  It’s a whopping 2,438 pages in a 5 volume set.

The author is Dr. Nathan Myhrvold.  That’s right, I said Doctor.  Photography is just one facet of this man’s amazing resume.  He has a myriad of master’s degrees in various sciences (mathematical physics, geophysics, and space physics), a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, another master’s degree in economics from Princeton, oh, and don’t forget his doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics, also from Princeton.

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What is the Difference Between RAW and JPEG Files?

What is the Difference Between RAW and JPEG Files?

by Christina Peters February 1, 2015

How many of you are still trying to figure out what this whole RAW file thing is about? How many of you have no idea what I’m talking about and think that you’ve been fine this whole time shooting JPEGS and that this doesn’t apply to you? Well guess what? You’re the ones that need […]

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How to Properly Use Jpeg Files for Your Blog

How to Properly Use Jpeg Files for Your Blog

by Christina Peters December 16, 2014

How many of you are still shooting in JPEG file format for your food photos?  Most food bloggers that I meet are.  That’s ok, for now.  There is a better way to shoot (future post), but for now I will discuss the best practices for shooting and using JPEG files that I bet you are […]

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A Photo Shoot with Mendocino Farms Restaurant and a Beautiful Goat Farm

A Photo Shoot with Mendocino Farms Restaurant and a Beautiful Goat Farm

by Christina Peters December 8, 2014

Did you know that goats can smile?  It’s true.  They totally do.  At least on this farm they do.  This happy critter chomping on premium, lush, green alfalfa hay (trucked in from Utah at $9800 a truckload!) is just one of 331 goats that farmer and veterinarian Dan Drake takes care of. This is the […]

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Why Are My Images Out of Focus???

Why Are My Images Out of Focus???

by Christina Peters November 22, 2014

Look familiar?  Happens all the time.  You take a bunch of shots, they look great on your tiny, tiny, camera LCD, get home, download the images, and whammo, a ton of shots are out of focus. I always shoot with my camera’s lens set to Auto Focus.  I have always had a hard time focusing […]

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What is the Best Camera Angle for Shooting Food?

What is the Best Camera Angle for Shooting Food?

by Christina Peters November 12, 2014

Do you have trouble figuring out what camera angle to use for your food shots?  I find that with the students that I teach,  this is a very common problem.   My students often teach me what I need to teach them.  When I first started teaching, I would do a demo in class where […]

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Photographing Restaurants - Part 3 - How to Take Good Pictures of Food in a Restaurant

Photographing Restaurants – Part 3 – How to Take Good Pictures of Food in a Restaurant

by Christina Peters November 2, 2014

And now for the final part of my Restaurant Photography Series – Part 3.  I will finally be talking about photographing the food and chefs for restaurants. The shot above was done for Napa Valley Grille in Westwood, CA.  I was hired to shoot from 2-4:30 pm.  I ended up shooting from 2 – 5:30 […]

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Photographing Restaurants - Part 2 - My Food Styling Kit

Photographing Restaurants – Part 2 – My Food Styling Kit

by Christina Peters October 26, 2014

I am not a food stylist.  I am a food photographer.  Huge difference.  Over the years, I have learned several tricks for styling food, so when I am photographing food in restaurants without a food stylist, I will have to help the Chef style the food a lot of the time. I will show you […]

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What You Must Know about Photographing Restaurants - Part 1: The Business Side

What You Must Know about Photographing Restaurants – Part 1: The Business Side

by Christina Peters October 20, 2014

  I started writing this post – first with the photography how-to part, and found that I kept talking about the business aspect of the shoot, as there is so much that must happen before you step foot into the restaurant. In this post, I will explain how to photograph a restaurant professionally and what […]

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