As part of our latest series of food photography courses, Karl and food photographer Anna Pustynnikova work together to produce this fresh fish image.
This fresh fish food photography course covers composition, styling and lighting for food photography. Anna demonstrates how best to compose and style your food images (and also provides some useful tips for preparing and working with raw fish) while Karl covers all you need to know about lighting setups for food photography, including how best to maximise texture, shape and form.
- Learn how to photograph food
- Lighting setups for food photography
- How to create gradient lighting
- How to photograph fish
- Tips for keeping food fresh for photographing
- Food styling tips
In this food photography class Karl and Anna undertake this fresh fish shot using a simple lighting setup and careful control of colour and composition.
They key thing for this image was the styling. In fact, the shot required very little in terms of equipment and lighting (members can view the full equipment list of the right-hand side of this page).
The lighting was a fairly straightforward setup in which Karl used one light to create gradient lighting. Gradient lighting is a common technique in product photography and is particularly useful when photographing subjects with glossy surfaces.
While Karl was working on the lighting, Anna continued to work on the styling of the image. She reworked the composition of the shot a few times to get the right feel to the image, but also explained that time was of the essence when working with fresh ingredients like fish.
When styling an image like this, it’s important to keep in mind compositional elements such as colours, textures and lines. You’ll see how Anna and Karl used each of these elements to guide the viewer’s eye and keep them in the shot. So even if you’re working against the clock, take your time to get these details right.