When taking pictures of food, plates, bowls, and cutlery serve as important props that help tell the story of the dish. In this workshop presented by FotoTV and Klaus Arras, viewers are guided on how to use props effectively in food photography.
One important tip is to use ingredients instead of showcasing the entire dish. This allows for the focus to be on the ingredients and the simplicity of the dish. Another suggestion is to use old props instead of new ones, as this adds character and charm to the photo.
Telling a story through the props is also key. Maybe the dish reminds you of a certain childhood memory or cultural tradition that can be highlighted through the use of props such as a family heirloom dish or utensil.
Designing with intention is another important factor. Klaus suggests having a rough idea of the final shot and selecting props that complement the colors and textures of the dish. A treasure trove of props is also suggested to have on hand, including different types of plates, bowls, and utensils.
Finally, it’s important for the props to be timeless. Klaus advises against using trendy or fad items that may quickly become outdated. Overall, props serve as an important tool to enhance the visual storytelling of food photography.