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What started as a daily routine, photographing and sharing her breakfast online, eventually led Stella Liu to a career change. When her food photography drew the attention of a company offering baking workshops in Taiwan, she transitioned from working as a financial management specialist to teaching classes on photography. Liu coaches students how to shoot on their mobile phones and edit with VSCO in order to document their food in a beautiful, appealing way.
Based on her experience shooting food over the last few years, Liu shares advice for improving photos of your cuisine.
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始于一个个人的小习惯，Stella Liu 每天都会拍下她的早餐并在网络上和大家分享，这个举动最后使得她的职业生涯迎来巨大的转变。她的食物摄影引起一家在台湾专门举办烘焙工作坊的公司的注意，于是她从经济管理专员摇身一变，成为摄影师导师，负责教导学生如何用手机拍摄食物，并在 VSCO 上将照片编辑成更美丽、更引人入胜的样子。
Document the process
When focused on the final result, it can be easy to forget to capture the process, but the preparation of the ingredients, the cooking, and the plating of a dish are all important stages that tell a story about the food. “Pictures of the cooking process make the audience see the spirit of craftsmanship and understand that you are persistent and passionate about food,” she explains.
“Nowadays, people pay a lot of attention to what ingredients are in the food they’re eating. However, people like to see images more than read text,” she notes. “So photos are an effective way to showcase the ingredients and let the audience know at a glance, ‘Wow! You use premium ingredients to cook!’”
Set a mood
Style a scene to compliment the food and create a mood. For example, in the images below, Liu went for an elegant, romantic theme when photographing her canelé. She achieved this look by selecting a darker background and including antique embellishments. However, for her berry cake, she wanted the overall feeling to be summery and refreshing, which is why she chose a clean, bright background with simple decorations.
Liu explains her practice, “I often say to my students that powerful pictures can inspire viewers to see more, to imagine the environment beyond the confines of the photo. In this way, it is possible for a photo to convey the sounds and the tastes behind it and make the audience feel they are part of the picture. By carefully choosing the appropriate background, cutlery, and accessories, you can infuse the scene with life and help your audience connect with the image. I tend to use no more than three colors in a single scene and am sure to remove irrelevant objects that could be distracting to look at.”
Bring action into the frame
To make a scene come to life, try photographing people interacting with the food. “I’ve found that people show a strong interest in an ‘active’ picture, like hands that are serving or bodies that are leisurely enjoying time at a cafe,” says Liu.
If you want the food to remain the focus, you can keep the identity of the person anonymous by not including their face in the frame. “Body language without revealing facial expressions can allow viewers to imagine more than what they observe,” Liu points out. “The viewers may even think the hands are theirs, about to pick up the food to enjoy!”
Edit with a food-friendly preset
After shooting, experiment to find presets that suit your aesthetic and make the food look even more tempting. “To finish a picture, you need to select a good preset and adjust the details,” Liu says. “I became a VSCO member because I like all the presets that have a film aesthetic. It reminds me of pre-digital times, where a photographer would go into a darkroom to develop a photo.”
While she uses A6, HB1, and HB2 the most, she advises trying out all your options. “The presets can perform in unexpected ways when editing different scenes and themes. So, for example, I wouldn’t limit myself to editing food only with A6. I use all the presets once, choose a favorite, and then adjust the details in the image.”
拍摄之后，尝试看看不同的预设滤镜，找到最适合的一种让食物看起来更诱人。“为了完成照片，你必须找到一个好的滤镜以及调整细节。”Stella 说，“我之所以成为 VSCO 会员，是因为我喜欢里面带有电影色彩的滤镜。它让我想起在数位化之前摄影师必须去暗房来冲洗照片的时代。”
虽然她最常使用 A6、HB1 和 HB2，她依然建议你尝试所有选择。“为了适应不同场景或主题，使用滤镜可以产生出意想不到的效果。所以，我不会只使用 A6，我会把所有滤镜套用一遍，找一个最喜欢的，然后再去调整细节。”