Color is the one feature of food that inspires me the most as a food photographer ; some others will say texture, but for me it’s colour.
Mother Nature gifts us with so many different ingredients, and the possible colour combinations we can get are basically infinite; when I take photos of food, I kinda see myself as a painter, mixing my own colours on a blank canvas. It’s a very creative process, and I really enjoy the challenges that come with it, because beautiful colours demand perfect lighting and great composition skills in order to stand out.
A very simple composition, made of a few fresh ingredients and the right props, can have all the elements necessary to create a captivating image – no need to overcomplicate things; ultimately, professional food photography’s goal is to make pleasing images where food speaks for itself – and this applies to both editorial and advertising food photography, even though the creative approach might be very different in each case.
I usually start from the food and play with complementary ( green and red tomatoes ) and analogous colour schemes, using props and surfaces to help the food pop and to add a little bit of texture where I need it. More often than not, the props aren’t very colourful, but as usual there are exceptions.
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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