Have you ever visited a local restaurant's website to order food and thought the image doesn't do the meal justice? Or you wouldn't order something because the picture looks so gross? Then there's photographing the body, especially fuller figures that are sensitive to light. You may be a natural shutterbug that always gets the good shot at family get-togethers or any occasion, so why not capitalize on your talents? Photo styling basics are skills that can pay off if you are a blogger or web designer with a client base.
I've taken a few photography classes and while the latest point-and-shoot cameras have obvious advantages for the amateur, investing in a hybrid model brings the best of both worlds. Once you learn some simple shooting basics, you really won't have much need for extra lenses, lights, and so on. A few years back, I got a Nikon P350 for under $350 and it's served me well.
Photo Styling: Consumer Goods or Food?
I'd say go for both but it depends on you and your resources. In other words, food styling is an art in itself. Think about it, when we buy burgers, the patties aren't always glistening with meat juice or covered in bright, colorful veggies between a fluffy bun. So yeah, a little advertising (as in a mild lie) goes into the process, and making that happen takes a little work. I'll get back to this a little later.
On the other hand, shooting everyday products is a good way to learn how to make marketable images. If you decide to incorporate people into your shots, please have them sign a model release form (yes, even if it's grandma who just wants to help out). Once you get a few good shots on hand, you can build a portfolio to sell yourself to clients in need of new photography for their web presence or sell stock image packs that can be downloaded.
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