Food photography is such a complex subject matter and form of art.
I have been practicing it for a long time – since I moved to Sydney – and i have been working as a professional food photographer for at least the last five years; yet the more i do it, the more i feel i still have to learn.
I am not gonna say the obvious “…. I am a perfectionist ” … that should be taken for granted when you work at a certain level; the thing is, photography, as an art, is very subjective and the same assignment can be approached in many different ways; is there a better way ? I think there is, and this is what i said to Rob Ditessa who interviewed me for an article on the world of food photography which was just published on Australian Photography magazine.
The food is the hero, and as such the photographer should let it speak for itself; different food come with different shapes, colours and textures, and each is better captured in a certain way. Camera angle and direction of lighting will be different for a pizza and a stack of vegetables. And the same subject will be captured differently depending on what use will be made of the images.
It takes a lot of time, patience and practice to master the art of food photography; and there’s more to it than just photography: food styling is a big part of it – props are almost as important as the food itself and they really help to set the right mood for a photograph.
And then there is retouching and colour management; any respectable commercial photographer needs to be as good with the computer as he/she is with the camera, these days.
Thank you to Rob Ditessa for a very interesting article on food photography and for featuring me as one of the leading food photographers in Australia; whether or not that might appear as an overstatement, I am certainly putting in all the effort i can, trying to get there , and I truly enjoy what i do.
Dario Milano is a professional food photographer and food stylist, based in Sydney and servicing predominantly advertising and commercial clients, restaurants and the food packaging industry.
He also teaches regular food photography and food styling workshop in Sydney, as well as in Melbourne and Brisbane.
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