The Art of Food Photography
Hopefully all our members and guests had eaten before pulling up a chair for an evening with Donna Crous. Donna is an award winning blogger and food photographer and when she is not busy creating her next tasty masterpiece she host food photography talks for camera clubs throughout the UK and even occasionally in Dubai and the USA.
During the evening Donna was willing to explain all about how she creates her images often just using natural light with Nikon camera equipment or occasionally a Rotolight for that little bit extra when the UK overcast climate just does not provide enough. Collecting many of her props from charity shops she is able to create images that just appear edible and are published in many magazines and recipe books. When illustrating a book Donna has to purchase all the ingredients and make the recipes before having something to photograph and she will often work with the author to refine a recipe to ensure the resulting product and image both look the same. When the props have all been used Donna simply donates them back and starts again. Textures and backgrounds are a vital part of any image and you just cannot beat a rusty baking tray on some old railway sleepers to create a truly delicious image.
Donna was very keen to share many of her tips and tricks to give us all a fighting chance at producing our very own competition image and when using natural light we must all remember the egg test. This was a really appetising evening and you can see more wonderful images on Donna’s website or follow her on eighty20nutrition where she loves to cook and create wholesome baking using natural ingredients.