Continuing our conversation about composition with food photography, today we are looking at composition using the Golden Triangle.
If you’ve taken any art classes that studied the classics, then you’ve heard of the Golden Triangle. Now, there’s an awful lot to the Golden Triangle. Seriously, there are golden ratios, some call it the sublime triangle, golden ratio design, and on and on.
We’re going to really make this simple, and apply it to food photography. When ever you google composition for photography, you’ll find examples with landscapes and portraits, not food. So hopefully this will give you some fun ideas to try with your composition for your next shoot.
MAKING THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE
Here’s how you envision your frame. Divide your frame in half diagonally.
Next from each of the two empty corners, draw two lines that will be perpendicular – 90 degrees, to the line you just drew.
Now, you build your composition inside a few of these triangles.
Similar to our last post about the Rule of Thirds in composition, this is also about not filling the frame entirely with your subject.
I do like to use a lot of negative space in my compositions. This helps move the viewer’s eye around the image. This is also about offsetting your objects from the frame, and it’s totally fine to have the objects being cropped by the frame as well.
With vertical shots, what I like to do is have some space at the top, either on the left or the right. Then again, some empty space on the bottom favoring one side.
USE EMPTY SPACE WHEN YOU CAN
You can try this when building your compositions. Try to keep some empty space on the top and the bottom.
In the shot above, I have lots of empty space up top where you just see the background with the ocean.
You can also use this by placing food in the intersections of the triangles.
This is just one way to think of composition. There really aren’t any hard rules here at all, and these days honestly, anything goes, but if you get stuck for ideas, start thinking of some of these ways of composing your shots as a loose guide.
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