Food photography with Dr. Chris Brown

With a love of travel, adventure, gastronomy and photography, Canon Ambassador Dr Chris Brown reveals his top tips for capturing images of meals that will transport you back to your destination every time – images so good that you'll taste the favours and breathe in the aromas with every view.

I always find that food is such a highlight of the whole travel experience so it makes sense to capture our meals with some food photography. And I guess the hope is that the image allows you to enjoy the meal long after the taste of it has faded.

Straight away I always have to fight the initial urge to dive right in and start eating when a beautiful and delicious meal is served, because right now the priority is getting a nice shot.

I always look to find a focal point – the key to what might be a great food photograph. I am always looking at textures, at colours, and at the layout of the meal and trying to pick out a food priority straight away.

You could say I’ve got a bit of a unique approach to food photography, I kind of see food like a landscape on a plate.

To capture this landscape on my plate, I have used an aperture of f/2.8, speed of 1/200” and ISO of 100. So in this image, my duck is like a mountain range and all the little bits around it, like the orange and the peas, is kind of like the foreground of the shot. And just like a landscape photograph, I am trying to find a way to step the eye from the foreground to the background.

So for a different view in landscape photography you may get up in a helicopter and take an aerial view, and likewise shooting from above works really well with food because it gives you a really good idea of the texture and the layout of the dish. So no matter whether its the colours of Indian spices or the wafts of a Brazilian churrasco that you want to capture, look at the meal as a landscape and work your angles.

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Image credit: Dr Chris Brown, taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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