Look at this pineapple. Looks like a normal pineapple, right? What if I told you that this wasn’t your normal pineapple…
This is a miniature pineapple. When the pineapple was by itself, you might have assumed that it was a foot and a half long. A normal size for a pineapple. By placing the pineapple next to a cocktail, it was easy to see that this pineapple was much much smaller than your standard pineapple.
When creating your food photography, perception and scale are things that you do need to think about. Usually, the food items that you are taking a picture of will come in a standard size. Generally, we know what size an apple or an orange would be. We see these foods every day and have a good understanding of their proportions. With the rising popularity of miniature fruits and vegetables in cuisine, you may need to account for this in your food photography.
For example, let us look back at the original picture.
You know now that this pineapple is miniature. But, if you didn’t know that it was miniature, chances are that you would assume it to be of standard size. The glass in the image next to it may help some, but the two images could be taken at different angles. When taking a picture of food that is outside of its standard size, it is important to convey this irregular size by including something of known size into the frame.
This doesn’t have to be as obvious as having a glass sitting right next to the subject. You could hold the abnormal sized food in your hands, include a fork or spoon, or you could have a standard size of that subject in the picture.
As Spring comes around enjoy playing around with new produce of varying sizes! just keep in min, if you want to emphasize an abnormal shaped food, find something to aid in understanding its proportions and scale.
on a side note….
I apologize for my absence over the last few weeks. I am currently working on an enormous project that I will be able to share with you very very soon. I realize I have been alluding to this for a while, but I promise you that it will be worth the wait and I will be announcing it very very soon. This project will be occupying all of my time until May, so I apologize in advance for the lack of regular posts of the next 2 months. Thank you again for all of your comments and for following this blog, I really appreciate it.