Food photography is always something I’ve found difficult. This seems an odd thing to say in this day and age where you can’t go into a cafe or restaurant without somebody Instagramming their coffee or uploading an image of their breakfast to Facebook.I guess it’s the styling I struggle with. I’m happy backlighting and adding in fill to the highlights, but making to food look attractive is just not my strong suit. Still, one has to try.
So into the kitchen I went. I prepared some pasta, added chorizo and mushrooms, and made a sauce which was mainly garlic and bitter, but had a good dash of the starchy pasta water which I’m told is the way the Italians do it. This was finished off with a few fresh basil leaves to add a splash of complimentary colour. The result is the photo you see above.