Professional Food Photos With An iPhone

Posted on 8/18/2014 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

Will bloggers with the iPhone 5s and the VSCO Cam Photo App that enables control of focus, exposure and white balance change food photography and reduce the demand for professionally shot food images?


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  • Daniel DonnellyThis is an interesting post, and it reminded me of a situation from about a year or so ago. One of the magazines I subscribe to, VegNews, decided to use some food stock images without first checking to see if the images were actually comprised of Vegan products (a burger supposedly looks like burger whether it's Vegan or non-vegan, or at least the art director and I thought so).

    When several readers decided to check (for whatever reason) to see if the stock images they used were Vegan, they found out they weren't, and a flurry of emails by irate Vegan subscribers flooded the publisher's inbox and the food forums, with threats of canceling subs.

    After being caught, the publisher promised to only source photos of Vegan food from now on. Of course, the reason they tried to use regular stock food, was that having a photo shoot done is too costly, and there aren't a lot of qualified Vegan food stock sites, or Vegan specific images out there.

    And, of course, just having someone take a low-light, poor quality image of a Vegan burger won't cut it in the final print. People want to see beautifully-lit, quality images of food, just like they want Photoshopped models without blemishes and wrinkles. We don't care if it's fake and will never look like that in real-life, we want the fantasy of knowing it could be that way. Posted on Aug 18, 2014

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