First things First – A Space to Work in! Getting started on food photography
The first thing that I needed to start this project was a space to work in.
Finding a space to work in can be challenging for a whole host of reasons!
Tiny living space, window configuration, furniture, kids, pets, renovations, life and stuff can all play a factor in finding a suitable space for your project. Serious photographers will have a separate room/studio with great light and a place to store all their gear – but this isn’t always realistic for those of us who are just starting out.
So what is important? TAKING PHOTOS is important. Therefore I say – work with what you have, make do so you can make a start!
What are the essentials? Here are three easy rules to use when searching for your space.
Photography is all about drawing with light and good light is essential for your working space. What sort of light am I talking about? Natural light. The light emitted from the sun that comes through your windows. There are SO many things to remember when you are new to food photography – so I prefer to leave playing around with artificial light until I am a little more savvy!
Ideally, you will want a space that is between two windows.
Be in your zone. Some of the best photography work is done when you are in your ‘photographic zone’. Therefore you need a space that will be free from distractions whilst you are working. No Arrested Development in the background while you are working like I do!
For yourself, those you live with and your camera equipment.
Out of the way:
To get your best images and push yourself, you need to be able to get around your subject. A table ‘in the way’ will not only annoy those you live with, but it could potentially be dangerous. It’s a good to leave a subject, (like a bowl of fruit), out for a few days to see how the light works in your space. You will therefore need it to be somewhere out of the way.
Protect your gear:
Regardless of your ability and the cost of your gear, no-one wants their camera and equipment to be damaged. Therefore setting up in a space where children and/or pets play is not ideal.
When I told those I lived with about my project, they could see how passionate I was. They offered me a space that incorporated all of the above and more! Whilst I do not have the space all to myself, one end of the room was more than I imagined I would have to start out with!
Better photographers than me have started out with less than this. Meaning – a space doesn’t make or break you. Just do your best and challenge yourself!
My distraction: Yoda, (my sister’s dog), wanted me to pay attention to him! Very cute.