If you’re interested in food photography tips and exercises that will enhance your skills and create better photography results, this is what you’ve been waiting for

If you want professional food photography tips, you turn to a master. Ron Goldman fits that bill perfectly, which is why I asked him to offer some parting advice and exercises for our listeners. Here’s what he had to say…

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Ron Goldman: The biggest suggestion I can offer is to go out and pick up a bunch of culinary magazines, cookbooks, and even packaging in the grocery store. Look for images that really catch your eye. Take those home and do your best to recreate what it is you’re looking at.

Don’t worry about copying somebody else’s work or anything like that, but just really focus on the lighting and the styling of the subject. If you can get to a point where you can recreate it exactly, you’ll be amazed at how much you will have learned about lighting.

Most people look at something, rush home, set it up, and shoot it. Then they look at the image afterwards and go, “Wow, this doesn’t look anything like what I was trying to do.” Have a visual source there. Set everything up and look through the viewfinder and match it up to what you’re looking at. Then adjusting the lighting so it looks just like that image you’re copying.

Audri Lanford: That’s a great exercise. We’ve talked about a lot of different things today. Of everything we’ve talking about, what is the one thing you most want people to remember from today’s interview?
Ron Goldman: I would say the most important of the food photography tips is to take your time, be patient, and use your tripod. Really try and simplify your compositions at first and just really concentrate on the lighting before you get too complicated.

Audri Lanford: Thanks so much, Ron. If people want to learn more about all the things that you have to offer, what’s the best way for them to do that?
Ron Goldman: I can highly recommend the Perfect Picture School of Photographycourses. They have a tremendous amount of instructors there that are all working professional photographers sydney. They’re as passionate as I am.

That’s what I really recommend to everybody. It cuts off so many years of the learning curve when you’ve got somebody right there to answer all of your questions and make suggestions and instant feedback. It’s a really good shortcut to learning certain aspects of photography that you’re interested in.

Audri Lanford: I’ll jump in here and say that besides Bryan and you, we’ve also hadCharlie Borland and Bobbi Lane on this series so far. I know that they are not the last because I have others scheduled. You teach three classes there, correct?

Ron Goldman: That’s correct. I have a partner that I teach with, Kathleen Clemons. I recommend that everybody take a look at her work as well. She’s a brilliant photographer and is as passionate about teaching as she is about photography. She’s one of the nicest people you’d ever meet.

[Editor’s Note We recently interviewed Kathleen on Lensbaby photography… we’ll be publishing her interview soon!]
Ron Goldman: If anybody has any questions, we really encourage you can go ahead and email me directly. There’s links on my website, photobazar.net

In Closing

Becoming a food photographer doesn’t have to be a trial and error process. There are easier ways to approach it. When there are experts like Ron Goldman to turn to for food photography tips and advice, everything is so much simpler.