PHOTO: Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge #12: Food

Multigrain Cheerios, strawberries and a Minnie Mouse spoon my grandparents gave me when I was a kid (hey it was the last spoon the drawer don't judge me). Meegan M. Reid

Maybe it was because it was before lunch, but Meegan and I (Yes, Derek is writing the Photo Challenge entry this week.) let our stomachs do the thinking this week. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is food. Really. Anything. That’s food. (Unless you’re Alf, I don’t want to see any more cat pictures this week, OK?)

OK, so the lunch thing is only part of the reason. We both saw a story in the New York Times about food bloggers who document EVERY MEAL. Most of us just choose to remember them when we step on the scale.

Meegan’s provided us with a sample of her food photography, and what we have here is a lesson, if you’re willing to look for it. See it? The light? You see, you can get fancy lighting food, but usually you’ve got high-quality, FREE, light near you. Windows.

We eat with our eyes, so usually we want our food photographs to make the food, you know, look appealing. A large variable in that equation, or an ingredient in that recipe, if you will, is the quality of light.

Here are some lights that do not flatter your food: Flourecent bulbs like the strip lights in my kitchen; most lighting that’s directly overhead; the flash on your camera. The first is never flattering. Ever. The second robs the food of dimension, shadow and depth. The third is also usually not very flattering. (When you’re eating, how often does the light on your food come at your meal from your face? It just looks weird.)

You don’t need to follow this advice, but it works. Set your food up next to a window and shoot away. According to Thursday’s rainy forecast, it would be a good day to do it. Clouds are nature’s soft box, which creates nice, smooshy shadows.

So give it a try, or do something totally unique. I’m extra encouraging all of you to take a NEW PICTURE this week of something you’re eating. You’ve got three times a day (or more) to take a shot. Which also means I’ve got no excuse for skipping out this week, either. Meegan can breathe easy this week. Go, shoot some food.

Below are a few more examples to get you prepared. And the challenge guidelines follow at the end of the post.

Bon appetite.

Entries are due Wednesday, April 21.

– Derek Sheppard

Apple Bacon and Goat Cheese Salad. - Meegan M. Reid
Quinoa and Brown Rice Pilaf with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Crostinis. - Meegan M. Reid
BBQ with Friends - Meegan M. Reid
Because Sushi is Always a Work of Art. - Meegan M. Reid

***To recap: Every week we will post a new photography “challenge” to help build on all of our current photography skills and to encourage everyone to get out and get shooting (cameras not guns). While we encourage you to shoot the challenge in the week that it is assigned, we will however accept entries taken prior to the challenge assignment date.

When you’ve got your favorite shot, login to the Kitsap Sun Your Media Site (if you don’t already have a login, you can quickly set it one up) and upload your image to the Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Channel (the channels run along the left hand side of the page, again if you can’t seem to get it into the channel just upload it normally and send me an email and we’ll move it).