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Food Shoot: Crepelato Gelato

Food shoot by Jojie Alcantara

Food shoot by Jojie Alcantara

Food shoot at Crepelato Gelato in NCCC, Davao
Food styling by Gerlie Bagsarsa
Photography © Jojie Alcantara

I’ve been photographing food for several years now, but every shoot is always unique and fun to do.  I do simple lighting and as much as possible work with natural light.  With my shoot for Crepelato Gelato in NCCC, I made use of their bright glass window that takes in a lot of the sunlight.

Food Stylist Gerlie Bagsarsa and Jojie Alcantara

Food Stylist Gerlie Bagsarsa and me

 

Food Stylist Gerlie Bagsarsa and Jojie Alcantara

Food Stylist Gerlie Bagsarsa and me

My ingredients for a good food shoot:  Light. Composition. Mood. Color.

With the mood, you set up everything from props, background, the whole drama. The object is to make your viewer’s mouth water. Composition will have to be with the help of a food stylist, to arrange your elements for you, leaving you to concentrate on your shooting alone. There are often times though, when you have to do everything by yourself, so you rely on the chef to bring you the best presentation there is.

Color is most important in food photography.  To make the dish look mouthwatering, it has to retain its real color and texture, and the colors have to blend harmoniously with the background, or pop out.  I don’t relish capturing food on a dark plate, unless it is needed.  Of course, if the food looks gross, you can find other angles to make it look delectable (horrifying exotic street food I captured will be another topic soon). 🙂

Crepelato Gelato  © Jojie Alcantara

Crepelato Gelato © Jojie Alcantara

Since the food is your star, simplify your composition to keep the focus on the “main dish”.

Crepelato Gelato  © Jojie Alcantara

Crepelato Gelato © Jojie Alcantara

 

Crepelato Gelato  © Jojie Alcantara

Crepelato Gelato © Jojie Alcantara

 

Crepelato Gelato  © Jojie Alcantara

Crepelato Gelato © Jojie Alcantara

 

Crepelato Gelato  © Jojie Alcantara

Crepelato Gelato © Jojie Alcantara

 

While many creative attempts are done to keep the food looking fresh, hot, or yummy looking (we once did a beverage shoot using red-orange food coloring), I certainly would like to eat my food afterwards.  It’s such a waste to spoil a work of art if not heartily consumed and appreciated by the palate. 😀

So how do you shoot your food? 😀

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The author is a multi-awarded photographer, journalist, and artist whose works are featured in tourism campaigns (It's More Fun in the Philippines), covers and spreads of books and international magazines. A long time columnist of SunStar Davao, she is a frequent traveler in search of inspirational heartwarming stories of human interest. She is also an  influencer and motivational speaker who gives photography workshops in universities and organizations. A former TV personality, she has done several print and TV commercials, event hosting and speaking engagements. In 2013, she has received an award from the City Government of Davao for her significant contribution in the social media. She was one of the speakers in Photo World Asia 2017.  A web designer/blogger since the 90s, she has seen the evolution of the internet and social media transition from the perspective of a traditional media person.

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