it's that time of the year, that spring summer thing, a great excuse to 'do brunch'.
A new month means a new topic. Last month we did: Composition – Frame, within a frame. I didn’t get a chance to write about it, which is a pity because it is such a great composition strengthening technique. I’ll definitely revisit the subject here on the blog. For now though we’re doing an Unsplash, library gap based theme —Brunch. I really wanted to do something food related so I asked what photos are needed for the Unsplash library, and apparently Brunch is searched often, and the results aren’t meeting the demands. So let’s give people some brunch stuff to download!
TIP: Adding layers makes a photo more interesting, it creates contrast, and shadows and gives the photo from being too flat. Here the two plates help strengthen the composition.
Anything brunch related can be submitted to the topic.
Brunch, can be anything from breakfast, to lunch food —or non-food items like a menu, an invite or restaurant signage with the word ‘Brunch‘.
You could set a table for your breakfast or lunch and snap a few photos. Eating alone? You can photograph your breakfast or lunch, then simply add some more elements into the frame to give the appearance of multiple participants. Or why not just brunch for one? We can eat brunch on our own!
Hands in frame, and don't be afraid to get messy.
Food photography can be quite static sometimes, but there are a few simple things you can do to make your compositions more visually interesting. For example, you can have some action or motion with hands in the frame (e.g. a hand reaching in and tearing off a piece of a croissant, or juice being poured into a glass, etc.)
We all know that when you’re eating something, it doesn’t stay picture perfect for long and it shouldn’t stay that way in your photos, either.
Diving in there and showing what the dish looks like when it’s in the process of being enjoyed helps make the viewer feel like they’re a part of the entire process, from the food preparation to the actual eating, and again encourages them to want to dive in and have at it themselves.
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Not everybody can plate up picture perfect pancakes, the feature photo above was from a restaurant we visited recently. First time visit in a year btw! Felt great to be outside in the sun! If you are worried that your food isn’t picture perfect, don’t worry, you can still participate. I also know that Covid-19 is still restricting us in our daily life, not everyone can go sit on a terrace and order brunch. As photographers we need to think of solutions for tackling our subject, get creative and challenge yourself to think outside of the box. Below are a few examples of creating ‘brunch’ photos —even if you live alone, even if you don’t think your food is photo worthy and can’t get out to a restaurant.
Get a close-up of your food, this is especially helpful if your alone (I am almost always alone when shooting, even when you see multiple hands in my shots on IG or Pinterest that’s most of the time my hands repeated in a composite… fyi. those aren’t allowed on Unsplash …).
The restaurant did gorgeous styling with this French Toast but your beans on toast, guacamole toast, or store bought waffles will look just as good. Let us not underestimate the authentic factor.
Good luck with the theme, and if you have any questions, or suggestions let me know!
Wishing you all a sunny June!