Are you interested in having your Food Photography done by the best photographer to represent your food and make it look even tastier?
Hire Ibrahim Nagi to make your food look ravishing!
You are always fascinated by the colorful stacks of vegetables drizzled with rich sauces on a clean white plate with glistening table settings on the cover of a magazine or anywhere on social media.
It’s just a game of shots to excite your taste buds with fascinating pictures of food!
Sometimes the photography is almost the true focus of the book with the recipes taking a secondary role.But how do you photograph food and get such great results? You don’t need to worry about it as we, team Ibrahim Nagi, are here to take your worries, because we care about you!
Just like human subjects can be photographed from more flattering angles, the same goes for food. It’s important to remember that the concept you see in your head might not always make the best photo. We get the shot ready for you same like the way you want it to look like. Variety is important, particularly if you are shooting for a client. Clients like choices. Therefore, we provide our clients with a variety of shots.
Also, we keep in mind that different angles will be better (or worse) for different types of shots. Photographing rows of cupcakes from an angle just above them, for instance, can create interesting leading lines through the frame. Shooting a collection of ingredients, on the other hand, can often benefit from an angle directly above them.
We are aware of the fact that it is your choice of camera angle that creates a sense of depth, perspective, and scale. Therefore, we choose it wisely so that it won’t get boring or frustratingfor you.
We make sure the picture is well-provided with lights and is flawless, so we utilize daylight or artificial lights to keep the food looking much more natural. Not only we pay attention to the arrangement of the food itself, but also to the context that you put it in, including the plate or bowl and any table settings around it. We often place various other elements in secondary positions in the foreground or background of your shot. Thus, our approach is unique yet interesting!
The food is styled and captured in such a way that it grabs your attention at first sight. We pay attention to the balance of food in a shot (color, shapes etc) and leave a way into the shot. The shot is completely set up with props before the food is ready and then to substitute a stand-in plate to get your exposure right.
Therefore, we really focus in upon just one part of the dish, which can be an effective way of highlighting the different elements of it.
Want to make your food look even more mesmerizing?
Trust us as we’ll make it look the same way you like. Having steam rising off your food can give it a ‘just cooked’ feel which we like. We accomplish it using a number of artificial strategies including microwaving water soaked cotton balls and placing them behind food. This is probably a little advance for most of us – however it’s an interesting trick!
There is also a natural inclination to shoot as wide open as possible when using natural light. Shooting at f/2.8 or f/1.8 can certainly create soft, dreamy backgrounds, but we keep in mind that you might actually want more of your background in focus than shooting wide open would generally allow when shooting food. A close-up of a dish is essentially a macro shot. If your focus falls off too quickly in any direction you can kill an otherwise beautiful shot. Bracketing your exposures until you get the hang of this will give you choices, and quite possibly keep you from having to do a re-shoot. Thus, we handle everything with care!
We make the dish look even tastier than it actually is, to urge the viewers to taste it. A delicious dish is not always a beautiful dish. Some food just photographs ugly. When that happens, think about shooting the ingredients. We make sure to fill the frame. In the shot of the coffee beans, zooming in tight shows detail and texture as a tactile element. Obviously we can’t touch it, but knowing how they would feel in your hand brings a new element to the viewer’s experience of the shot.
We vary the background and try to use colors and textures that compliment the food. Also we cover sheets of foam board with different cloth remnants which is a good strategy and cheaper than buying table cloths. This is much easier to work with since they won’t wrinkle once the material is attached. We make sure not to over-think your choices. Thus, we make sure having backgrounds that provide good contrast with the food.
We actually KNOW how the photo will be used!
Are you shooting for a cookbook? A magazine? Product packaging? Let us know your audience first, as knowing your audience and how the photo will be used is going to play a huge part in how you compose or crop your image. For print, consulting with the client regarding layout is crucial. You can take the world’s most beautiful photo, but if the crop or orientation doesn’t work with the layout, you run the risk of re-shooting and possibly not getting hired again.
That’s why we try to shoot multiple angles for you to bring a variety!
Thus, we take the intended shot and recompose it with a cover in mind in order to make sure that the client has as many options as possible.
In order to have the best shoot of your food for you and have a high quality collection of food portraits, you can rely on team Ibrahim Nagi!