Despite the pandemic, restaurants are about to re-open. As stated by New York State Restaurant Association, reducing the spread of COVID-19, New York business owners “will be allowed to open for indoor dining at 25% capacity beginning February 14, Valentine’s Day. All NYC indoor dining guidelines must be followed, review guidelines here.” Furthermore, due to New York’s cold weather, the thought of stepping outside to take a few flicks does not sound appealing. In the meantime, you can work on your restaurant photography before taking a trip to your favorite restaurant with your loved one. Here are five tips you can work on at the house!
Meet Andrew Scrivani!
Meet Andrew Scrivani. He’s been photographing food in his studio in New York’s East Village since 2002. He uses Canon 5D Mark IV bodies with Canon and Zeiss lenses. Instead of going straight into it, check out and use his Instagram as a reference where you can find a ton of photographs of food inspiration.
Tip 1: Go to the light
The power of natural lighting is just as important as the dish itself. Use Scrivani’s work of a Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta for the NYT Cooking as a reference He did a fine job capturing the dish next to a window which made the dish look even more delicious because of how much light came through his window. Here, the light gives the walnuts the perfect amount of natural light, and does not overshadow the rest of the picture
Tip 2: Work in triangles
Again, Scrivani can do no wrong. Captured: “the whole potato menu from @david_tanis for @nytcooking including Patatas Bravas, Potato Soup with Indian Spices & Potato Salad with Capers and Anchovies.” Despite there being multiple dishes presented, he makes room for each item to be displayed. Working in triangles, “triangles naturally create dynamic photos, as it [triangles] has the minimum amount of sides needed to form a complete shape. So grouping things in triangles creates both structure and simplicity,” said BROMA. And yes, this image achieved just that, nothing overpowering one another.
Tip 3: Use your hands
Moving on, let’s hope he or she pops the question because wouldn’t that just be a perfect night? Basically, don’t be afraid to use your hands in the picture holding that champagne glass or martini glass. Why? Uh, because why not? But seriously, while it might seem unimportant to you, adding the human element of a hand within your frame brings out this sense of communal eating,” says BROMA. Perfect for a first night out!
Tip 4: Remove clutter
Here you have a mushroom stew with cheddar cheese biscuits and in the second picture, you have a meatball toad in a hole. Notice anything next two the plates in the picture like salt shakers, water glasses or menus? If you said no, then you’re right. Even though they’re essential to add to your dinner, these items are useless if you want to capture your dinner head-on. Essentially, the less clutter, the better.
Tip 5: Shot single dishes
Finally, in this photo of pressure cooker spaghetti & meatballs shot for the NYT Cooking, Scrivani made sure to include a single dish shot. It gives the photo the flexibility to be used in as many ways as possible… so the more varied your shots can be, the better. For instance, you might want to upload it as your profile picture. Hey, who knows? Just give it a try!
Because restaurants are reopening at 25% capacity on Valentine’s Day, that should be an incentive to pick out your best outfit, but also practice your photography. Hey, you never know? You might prefer it over a group picture, well, you’re loved one is an exception but you know what I mean.
Featured image: Google.com