Texture is one of the most underused elements in food photography. But if properly used, it can create some wonderful food photographs. Taste and smell are two things people most often associate with food. Because we can't capture that with the camera, we have to rely on other features.
Different Kinds of Texture
For texture to show, the image must be taken at a close range. You can see the texture in the above image, shot with a macro lens. The texture of the paint strokes on the wood really add an interesting element to the photographs. The backdrop was quite easy to create with a quick trip to the local Home Depot. Some small pieces of wood, an inexpensive paint brush, and a few containers of paint. I've really enjoyed creating these. Finally a painting project that isn't about getting something perfect. Just brushing paint and getting good texture on the wood.
Adding Some Props With Texture
The next way to get texture is just simply adding some material. Old scraps of material, napkins, or place mats could all be used.
Texture does so many things for your food photography.
This simple bowl of ramen soup is appealing because of the texture of the backdrop. The small piece of muslin material folded up under the bowl and placed on top of the wooden painted backdrop. Noodle soup can be quite boring, but this really has some interest.
Cutting Boards Are A Great Source of Texture
We also use cutting boards for texture. Sometimes there is nothing better than an old used wood boards with many years of cuts running through the grain. This pastry just pops out and you feel like you could reach out and touch the wood.
With Easter right around the corner, we couldn't pass up hard boiled eggs. This picture just oozes with texture. The napkin at the bottom of the basket, the ridges and sides of the basket along with the paper shreds inside the basket. Great texture for images is so easily found. It just takes a creative eye and knowing what you have laying around the studio.
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