Fall, Food and Color Captured with Photography

Fall, Food and Color Captured with Photography

Fall, food, and color all go hand in hand! When you think about fall, you think about the changing leaves and the beautiful colors. You also probably think about food - Thanksgiving turkey, crisp apples, warm and comforting soups, your family's favorite side dishes, delicious pies, and of course, all things pumpkin - pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and the cultural icon - the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

So when you're putting together your fall food shots, we wanted to share a few tips and tricks as you capture the beautiful colors of fall! Because "You eat with your eyes first" is true! So how do we make every shot achieve mouth-watering status?

When you're photographing colorful food, the colors you pair are important! It's the basics of Color Theory - how you mix the colors to achieve color harmony for a visually pleasing photograph. Different colors evoke different moods and emotions. We want to help you create an image that your audience can connect with. In food photography, the colors say a lot about how the food will taste. We want your photograph to be so visually appealing that your viewer will like, save, and make your recipe!

Color theory is the guideline of color mixing. There are three color wheels to consider:

  • Primary color wheel – red, blue, yellow
  • Secondary color wheel – purple, green, orange
  • Tertiary color wheel – a combination of the primary and secondary colors

Within these three color wheels, you can then decide what type of color pairing you're hoping to achieve - monochromatic, analogous, or complementary.

A monochromatic scheme pairs tints and shades of the same color. Analogous is pairing colors next to each other on the color wheel. And complementary is choosing colors opposite of each other on the color wheel.

When you are photographing food, it is best to start by thinking about the primary color of the food you're shooting. Then you can decide what colors of props (napkins, spoons, plates, source ingredients) to use when styling your shot.

For fall, the color orange is always in abundance with pumpkin pies, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and fall leaves - lots of warm shades of orange. If you're going for a complementary color scheme, you might add blue into your shot as a cool color - maybe some blue linens or a blue SnapIt Board (Indigo Sky or Midnight would be perfect!). Since orange and blue are opposite of each other on the color wheel, they are complementary. Adding in a touch of gold would add some monochromatic color scheme (since it's a similar color to the orange).

What about color theory and neutral-colored food? That's where you can add something into the shot to make the food "pop." Maybe it's some colorful fruit on top of oatmeal. Or a bright and colorful background like SnapIt Boards' Rustic Rainbow.

Or, if you have the opposite with colorful food (i.e., a salad), the best advice is to use neutral props. Don't let them distract from the main dish. Our Gray Haze or Alabaster/Rustic White boards are the perfect backdrops for these types of shots.

As you start to photograph the comfort foods of fall, simplify the process of styling and composition with a bit of color theory. It will help you pair ingredients, props, and backgrounds to give your photograph visual appeal and have everyone craving all things fall!


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