This photo was taken outdoors to get natural light on the food. The shot was of my lunch that came beautifully presented on a really sunny day. I chose a table in the a lot of shade giving the shot a soft touch of light but still trying to maintain the sense of a warm day. I tried out the 45 degree angle with the edge of the table to give a little more interest. I also tried to include the cup of knives and forks that was set on the table as a prop, to reference the informal rustic style of the cafe. To improve I think I could have stood a little higher and maybe gathered a few more interesting props in focus/ increased the aperture a little more.
Time for desert
The second photo is of a desert (that also came really well presented) in a more formally set restaurant. This photo had a little bit of natural light and artificial, which is why it is more of a yellow tone. Defiantly wished I had sat closer to the window but I am still really happy with the result. One of my favourite things about the setting was the texture of the table and I wanted to show that off as much as possible, so I played around with the angle of the photo until I got the light to hit the detail of the grain.
Coffee coffee coffee
My final image is of one of the things I love most... coffee!! In this photo I wanted the light directly behind the coffee (content) and the plant (prop) so the the shadows created a similar sized mirror shape. I was really happy with how this worked with the plant :) Another thing I played with was getting my friend to reach for the coffee to give a sense of scale, which highlighted how little the glass of water was. To improve this photo I think I could have moved further away to give show more of the cafe interior and give more context to the image.
Thank you so much for the course! it has massively grown my confidence in taking photos of food :D