“The workshop gave me direction.”
With self-study, there are gaps
We learned about food at photography school, for example we had to shoot a salad. And I’ve been reading, I’ve been studying it. I know a lot more than before. But nevertheless, it’s all been self-study.
Everybody talks about “setting a mood”. If you would have said this to me a month and a half ago, that would not have been clear.
For women it might be simpler, but as a man it’s different
What do you mean, “the mood”? Food doesn’t talk to you. Food doesn’t have a mood. It’s not like shooting a person, when you can talk and converse. They talk, they smile, they look serious. Food is static.
So what exactly am I looking for? How do I get ideas? Food photography is all about the intangible, emotional. Not the technical stuff. I have to step back and think about what I want to convey.
When I looked at the price, I was asking myself “should I”?
Or shouldn’t I? I’m retired and I’m on a budget. But then I said “I’m gonna do it, it’s an investment”. And today I think the workshop has helped me a lot.
I begin to understand more
Food can SET a mood. If I put out a dry piece of bread and a glass of water, you gonna go “umpf”, but if I bring out all this different food and a cup of coffee or even two beers, then we gonna sit and talk and have a good time!
Now I’m thinking first about what I want to convey. Is it mysterious, is it moody, is it dark, is it happy, is it festive, or is it a summer scene”.
Then there is also the practical side of it
Let’s face it, you can destroy food by just cutting it wrong, or showing it in a not-complimentary way. For example, I didn’t know how to properly cut a Pomegranate before.
They didn’t talk about light ratios, f-stops and everything else
I didn’t sign up for that. I have been photographing a long time and we already learned so much at Dawson.
So, when you get a group of photographers together, like Vivian with her 8 years, then this is stuff you don’t need to look at.
Now I feel a lot more confident
I want to do my graduation portfolio in food. I have been studying for two years and I want to finish well. And two days ago, I woke up in the morning and the first thing I thought about is “portfolio”.
The workshop gave me a lot of ideas, and some of them will be translated into photographs. That is taking a lot of stress away from me.
I recommend it.
Michael Roberts, Photographer