Keeping skills sharp for Wedding Food Photography

With very few weddings taking place since March most wedding photographers have used the time to hone their skills.  A wedding photographer has to wear many hats: Portrait Photographer, Event Photographer, Landscape, Still Life and Architectural Photographer (to capture your beautiful venue). One of the many details that I like to include is the food.  After all, how long did it take you to decide which canapés to include.  If circumstances permit I get out my tripod and macro lens and showcase the beautifully decorated hors d’oeuvres, petit fours and, of course, the wedding cake produced by the excellent venue chefs and wedding cake suppliers.  Without these gorgeous delights to photograph I turned to my husband’s home grown chillies.

Try shooting any of your latest culinary creations. Use a shallow depth of field if you want to showcase a particular item of the food and/or blur a distracting background, say f5.6 with a macro or f3.5 with a 24-70mm f2.8 lens.  Use a tripod if possible or if not, up the ISO to get a shutter speed of at least 1/150 preferably 1/200.  If you want sharpness from back to front use at least f8.