52 Breakfasts: Reflection
This is one way long overdue post. But I guess sometimes, it’s better late than never! Here goes… ;)
Overwhelmed with work, I just couldn’t find time to really sit down and reflect on my 52 Breakfasts series. I’ve really been wanting to do so but if only I had 48 hours per day. Greedy? yeah. :p
Anyway, I guess most people don’t really care much for the 52 weeks project. But for me, it was my first photography project, and I guess that’s why it meant a little more to me.
Having promised myself that by hook or by crook I have to come up with something once per week, I was really forced to learn. I’ve always hated putting up ugly pictures, so when I had no choice but to put up an ugly picture like this, it pushed me to work harder.
I’ve learned that it’s really not easy to make good pictures. Unlike portraits, food don’t have facial expressions. They don’t move around and they don’t give you moments to die for. It all comes down to composition. light and food styling.
For example, with a different background or just a simple tweak in the direction of the fork, a picture can go from 0 to 10 on a scale of 10. Some people might claim food to be an easy thing to shoot cos it’s still life but I’m saying it ain’t easy at all, if you want an impressive picture.
Looking back, I feel I’ve come a long way in food photography. Of course there’s still a lot more to learn down the road, but through this year long project, not only have I learned a great deal about food styling and how to make use of light, I’ve also come to recognize my own style in food photography.
Now, ending my 1st photography project, I wanna take up a new photography project soon. Am thinking portraits but hmm.. will I be able to do it? I don’t want to make a promise to myself just so that I can break it. It’s either I’m in or I’m out. Gotta do some thinking. Will keep you updated! One thing for sure though, is that given how much of a foodie I am, I’ll definitely keep on shooting food!!
Oh, and happy Thaipusam people! Wish I was back in Malaysia to cover the event!