The items that we eat - and therefore the ones we photograph - come in a wide variety of colours. From fresh fruit and vegetables to brightly iced cakes, this are no shortage of colour combinations, but it’s amazing how much difference a colour can have on the way a photo looks.
Colours communicate an emotion within a photo, and just one small error can make a dish go from mouth-watering to unappealing in one go. The problem with colour in a lot of photos is when natural light isn’t used as it can skew the colours.
The most common reason for not getting the right colour in photos is the quality of light. For example in direct sunshine, colours can fade. In tungsten indoor light, colours can be made to look warmed.
Here are some tips to ensure your colours are as good as possible:
- Ensure your exposure is at the right length.
- If your exposure is too long then more light gets in and the photo becomes bright which can wash colours out. Where as if the exposure is too short colours will come out too dark.
- Check your vibrancy settings
- Most DSLR’s allow you to set the quality of colours where you can soften colours, make them more vibrant or balance the white settings so take a few sample photos in your lighting before shooting your food.
- Make a bold statment
- Powerful images aren’t just about the colour of the food. Strong, colourful backgrounds can really set off certain foods such as sorbets, cupcakes or smoothies. Think graphic, bold and fun.