Put a plate of food in front of the modern diner and before the presentation is disturbed, out comes the smartphone and the meal is shared with the world. With a few simple changes, most of those shots could be a whole lot better.
At the fabulous Food Unplugged event in Ede*, Nederland’s ‘City of Taste’, a workshop on smartphone photography with professional food shooter Kyonne Leyser was possibly the most popular event.
I picked up some tips and tried to put them into practice immediately.
Tip 1. Concentrate on the food, cutting out extraneous background unless it’s interesting.
Tip 2. Don’t be afraid of the square shot.
Tip 3. Get in close
There were other tips I’m yet to try, particularly those requiring editing with Instagram. I’ll get cracking on that soon and post some results.
Meanwhile we happy 600 guests were kept busy with lectures and workshops on salmon smoking, fermentation, game preparation and baking…
…and then it was dinner time.
Thanks again, friend Carla for taking us there, Kyonne Leyser for the workshop and the whole Food Unplugged team for a wonderful event, which I heartily recommend to anyone interested in taking food and taste seriously. Long may it continue!
FOR MORE INFO: http://www.food-unplugged.com. It’s in Dutch, but there are lots of photos.
*Ede’s population is something over 108,000, not the mere 10,000 I credited them with in last year’s Food Unplugged blog post. Thanks for the correction, and apologies to the 98,000 people who missed out.