by Ryan Chua, Fashion/Streetstyle Photographer
We've all been there. You're about to take a bite into something delicious and you've thought to yourself, "Wait, I have to fyuse it first!"
Well, I've been there. And I'm writing this post to help our foodie fyusers take the term "food porn" to the next level. I've experimented, taking fyuses of food in countless diverse settings, and I've learned several techniques that really make all the difference.
Read on, and boldly go into your next foodie adventure!
1. Find Good Lighting: Lighting is always essential when taking a great fyuse. If you're in a restaurant, try to be seated next to a window or a light source (that can even mean a solid overhead light). For this Fyuse, my group and I were seated on the patio, which gave me ample lighting.
2. Stay In Focus: I've seen many almost-perfect food fyuses that have shared a common problem: the main subject is out of focus. You can get sharper fyuses by lightly tapping twice on the subject that you'd like to focus on. Double tapping not only sets the AutoFocus, but also adjusts the exposure for a better light capture.
3. Choose One Direction (Not the boy band): Before taking a fyuse, think about which direction you'd like to go during the recording. Some dishes look better if fyused upwards, and some if fyused sideways. Whichever direction you choose, always fyuse in one direction.
Here is one I took of a Korean casserole in an upwards direction:
Here is one from Stefan that I thought was very creative. He went from left to right, utilized natural lighting (Tip #1) and kept his salmon in focus (Tip #2).
4. Be Creative: Your food shouldn't be boring and neither should your fyuses. You can tell a story with your fyuse by incorporating a friend or by adding human element. This is from a brunch in Hayes Valley with my friend Lola Fair. You can tell our eyes were bigger than our stomachs.
For the Fyuse below, I wanted to show how condensed milk swirls into a Thai Iced Tea (as demonstrated by Ariana Lauren). You can capture before-and-after moments in a fyuse.
5. Add Accessories: I love my gadgets, so I highly suggest using additional tools to enhance your fyuse. I already wrote about how much I love my Moment Lens in a previous blog post (read here). Here is a Fyuse by Chef Michael Mina using a wide angle lens in which he was able to capture everything on the table setup without having to worry about spacing:
You can also add pocket-size lights to attach to your smart phone to enhance your Fyuses when dealing with poor lighting conditions. I suggest Photojojo's Smartphone Ring Light or Pocket Spotlight, which will give you additional lighting without bringing too much attention to yourself. If you prefer to shoot food Fyuses in the comfort of your home, you can create a mini studio with studio lights and a portable studio cube.
That's it for this week's Tricks of the Trade! Don't forget to hashtag #food in your food Fyuses. See you next week!