As food bloggers/photographers, many of us get invited out to media tastings because we are there to shoot pictures, create exposure, and/or bring awareness to what the restaurant has to offer. I’ve been to countless of tastings and food events and here are two tips that are so simple, but are often overlooked.
1.Tasting Events should be held during daylight. Yes, it is possible to take a good shot at night, but it is so much easier and much much more appealing to see food shots taken under natural light. It just does the food justice. Shadows/Dim lighting can work wonders on the imagination and in this case scenario, you rather not leave it to chance.
2. Have a separate table/section for the “display” food. A few events have done this, and it has worked out quite well. Have a section with the dishes that you want to be photographed on the side and have food that is served to guests at another table and/or brought out at a later time. This is a mutually beneficial because only a few dishes have to be set upto photograph and by the time bloggers/media are ready to eat, the food is still warm. This works especially well for larger group settings.
When writing this article, it’s not my intention to criticize but to bring attention to a few tweaks that could make a world of difference. I know sometimes it’s not possible to do early times, but ideally!
Lastly, If you don’t read anything BUT this last line, here’s a quick recap: just consider us food bloggers as reverse-vampires. We welcome the sun and natural light like no other! Darkness, not so much.