Yes, I am returning to the project i was planning on doing during the summer but completely forgot to do… NOW I HAVE AN EXCUSE TO ACTUALLY FINISH IT!!!!!!!!
In my Typography class this semester, we have been making books, and we were assigned our final book, which is intended to combine the parts of the first two books into something more interesting. The intention is to create a book that, on the surface, appears to be about another topic entirely, but is actually about typography. My professor, Christopher Moorehead, commented that each year he receives a type of pornographic book. Upon hearing this, my friend Marty and I decided that we would each make a porno! Marty is making his about 50s pin-up girls and me… I’m doing FOOD PORN!
Here are a few of the spreads I have made so far for the book:
One of my first assignments of the year is for my Graphic Design 1 class. Although I don’t really like my professor that much, I am starting to enjoy the work for this accordion book I’m making. Essentially, our book has to follow a circus theme and incorporate the principles of design on each page.
So far, this is what my work looks like:
The one thing I need to work on is incorporating the typography within the images but other than that… I’m apparently on the right track 🙂
If there is one pass time that I enjoy more than anything creative, it would be eating. I not only eat everything off my plate (or try to), but I have a very adventurous palette. While my sisters opt for a generic burger with fries, I might order the Grilled Calamari or Octopus Tentacles or even Swordfish (although I still enjoy the generic burger with fries combo like any other individual). However, as well as enjoying to eat food, I do enjoy looking at food.
So, as you may have guessed already, this post is about Food Photography. Now, the picture above with me about to devour a cupcake is NOT part of this DIY, (although taking pictures of people about to shove food into their faces, really is hilarious!). Anyways, here are a couple tips when it comes to taking beautiful photographs of food.
Use White and Silver Bounce Cards – Wondering what the heck those are?? Well, they are used to create a broader, directional light source where there isn’t sufficient ambient light. They are generally used to control the shadows and highlight contrasts in various lighting situations. So, in food photography, bounce cards become helpful in adding more colour and texture to the food in your images.
Play around with your Focal Point – One element I love about taking pictures of food would have to be playing with the focal of the image, making what the viewer is looking at more interesting. Find one piece of the food, whether its a mound of rice or a drip of chocolate or a swirl of icing on a cake, to bring to the forefront.
Try shooting Overhead – Enough said.
Style the Plate – Now, I don’t mean the actual plate; I mean the stuff on the plate. Pay attention to the balance of the food, colour palette, rule of thirds perhaps, etc. You want the stuff in the photograph to make the viewers’ mouths water like CRAZY!
Just HAVE FUN – Get creative with the food you decide to shot and also where you are. Take pictures of dishes made at restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and even from the food cart/truck!
So there you have it!
Now, I’m going out and making my book of really beautiful food! AND I will put them up here as I go along, but for now, here is what my cover looks like so far 🙂
These past couple of weeks have just been crazy with work! With final projects being due, research papers being graded, and written exams to think about, I really haven’t had much time to write a post.
Luckily for all of my BLEEDERS (got that from the book Julie and Julia) I am making time now.
Lately, I have been working on my water bottle assignment, which requires us to actually put our designs on an actual bottle. This means running around Staples to find some sticker paper so I can place my designs on a really boring looking bottle.
On a positive though, I did manage to print some of my own stickers for fun 🙂
The design I made was from the fall, when I was fooling around on Illustrator.
Now I just need to cut out my panda stickers and place them on anything I want!!!!!!!!!!!!