Hello there! So happy that you are here. Just a quick post today talking about adding the human touch to your food photography. If you are part of Kim’s Studio 2.0 then you know that this month is all about adding the human touch to your still life images. What is it about having people in the photograph that is so appealing?
It is a good question to ponder and one you may want to spend a bit of time thinking about…journaling about. For me, a human element brings life to the image. In still life, things are artfully arranged and photographed, which is lovely. Same with food. A freshly harvested bunch of apples or chard photographed in an artful way is certainly pleasant. But when you add a human element, hands, even feet, well…the whole image takes on a more lively aspect.
It also changes the narrative a bit. It’s not just about the subject, it’s about what role the subject has to a human being.
In food, of course the primary role is to nourish our bodies. We all need to eat… all animals do. But for human beings it is something more.
It’s about sharing with others. Food can tell a story about one’s heritage, culture, traditions. I’m no world traveler, but I have traveled to France, Germany, England, Tahiti, and several parts of the United States. We’ve had the privilege of meeting some amazing people. In those encounters, after introductions and a little discussion about where we are from, the subject always turns to food. Brian & I have been given lists of the best restaurants to visit while in town. Family & friends have either invited us to their home to taste their specialty, or taken us to their favorite restaurant.
We’ve done exactly the same thing. My favorite of course is having folks over to the house. We love to cook, entertain, and share those foods that we are excited about.
In photography, it doesn’t take much to evoke that sense of the human touch. You don’t need a whole body. A portion of someone’s body, even out of focus can add that element of life.
You don’t even need a whole hand. Part of the hand, or even a bit of the fingertips will do nicely.
For human beings, food is much more than fuel for the body. It is an offering of nourishment…not only for the body, but for the senses…site, smell, mouth feel. And sharing a meal with others also means the sound enjoyment, conversation, laughter, love.
Putting the human touch in your food photography help to bring in that part of the story.
Tips on adding the human touch
- If you have access to another person to act as a model, by all means grab them! Tell them what your plan is and they will help you
- Do you have someone around that can take the picture for you? Just put your camera on a tripod and share your vision with them
- All by yourself? No worries. Just put your camera on a tripod. Focus your camera in the general area where you / your hands are going to be. Set your self-timer. I would suggest having the timer set to take multiple pictures at once so you have options.
- You can also use other tools to get yourself in the shot. A cable release works then you just need one hand in the shot.
- Thanks so much for stopping by. Looking forward to seeing your human touch food photographs!
Thank you Carol. It’s wonderful to have you here. I love each of these human touch images….. xx
To see more of Carol’s beautiful work pop over to her blog. You can also find her on Instagram @carolhartseattle.