Food & LifeStyle Photography

Common Questions to Food Photographers

What does a food photographer do?
A food photographer photographs food for pictures to be use in advertisements, packaging, menus or cookbooks.

What kind of food does a food photographer photograph? A food photographer takes pictures of all kids of food: raw vegetables, processed dishes, and candy.

Where can I find food photography? Food photography is everywhere around us: food containers, food packaging, billboards, magazines, and cookbooks. Try finding food photography on your way to school and soon you will notice it everywhere you go.

How long does it take to photograph food? It depends on the food and the setting. An experienced food photographer can photograph food from 1 to 4 images daily. There are times the food photograph will be photographed faster and other times it might take more than 4 hours. First the food will need to be cooked and prepared. Next, it needs to be placed on a plate for the photography set. Lastly, the food photographer must set up the lighting just right to make the food look mouthwatering.

How do I become a food photographer? There are many ways to become a food photographer. The most direct way is to go to a photography university or art school. There you will learn all about photography. Another way would be to work under a food photographer and learn the skills from him or her. Many have told themselves to take pictures of food as well.

Who do you work for? Food photographers work for magazine publishers, cookbook authors, cookbook publishers, food corporations, food start-ups, bloggers and any business where food photography adds value.

How long have you photographed food? I have photographed food for over 15 years.

Do you eat the food you photograph? Most of the food used on the photographers set is not safe to eat. The reason for this is that the food is handled so much. At times food is not cooked to a safe level to be eaten. Food considered not pretty enough for the picture and selected out; however, often gets eaten by the crew and even donated to food banks.

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