Sometimes it's easy - usually not. Styling a pic, I mean. You really need to work with it and that's not even enough. You really have to find a good light and think how to crop the frame. Will you go closer or stay a bit further. Can you take a pic straight from the above or can you have nice perspective by photographing it from side with chosen angle. What kind of props and colors you choose. The question list is a long one.
But it looks so easy when they do it. Beth Kirby from Local Milk and Ginny Branch. I guess there isn't easy way out - I mean if you want to be good at styling you have to work with it. Hours.
This is my last post of Local Milk's food photography workshop in Venice. Venice is magical place and I love it. The place where we had the workshop was also unbelievable palazzo. Huge windows, antique furniture, walls with reliefs - felt almost I was dreaming. Winter in Venice is also quite adorable. But of course if acqua alta - high water - comes then it's not nice at all.
I also felt that I was in a candy store. I just couldn't decide what I wanted because there were so many possibilities. How hard it is to make one decision? Where do I start? On the first day me and my workshop mate - both photographers - noticed that we got lost with our own style and Beth's style to work. You know of course as a professional you have your own style and when you try to get a new perspective and make things differently there will be a crash. I mean, you are in between two choises. Luckily it happened on the first day and we got over it.
This kind of workshops are my creative fuel. I love to watch when talented people work. I love to talk with like-minded. I get new ideas, perspective, new friends, experiences. Things that are worth to pay. Of course I love everything beautiful and tasty so the food photography workshop is great place to catch them all.
I am a friend of simple images but I don't say no to more complex ones either. It depends on what we are trying to tell or what kind of feeling we are building. With props you can make a story. With light you can build atmosphere. With colors you can set up a mood. With shapes and composition you can build dynamic. With all these mixing well you can make anything!
But of course choosing all the things I mentioned - that is the task. Learning by doing. There a good days and bad days. The most important is not to give up. Every artist has made ugly things that they rather like to forget ;) me too.
Composition is a very important thing. I think making one is a bit like playing. Above you can see that we made a tea pic. So what's my story? I guess you don't have to be so literal when talking about stories. We all have our own and that effects how we see things around us. Like one thing I was bothered in Venice. How people who live in such a beautiful place can forget it's pittoresque nature? I know it is possible but still I wonder.
Don't even ask how old these drapes are.
ps. Below you can find my other Venice workshop blog posts. Making pasta is my favorite!