Learn To Photograph Markets
Some of my favorite things
When I travel, one of my favorite destinations
good market. Markets combine a number of different skills - part
architectural photography, sometimes portrait photography, often food
photography. Trying to learn how to do better, I'm sumarizing
what I know:
Many markets have icon's - signs, locations or
objects that sumarizes
the location. Getting a top quality picture of that is often up
to timing - being there when the sun is setting or (sorry)
rising. Getting your own take on a commonly photographed icon is
often challenging, but it really helps set a collection of photos.
Light is a great way to highlight a product -
show off the freshness,
shinnyness or detail. Many markets have strong point lights to
show off product and you can use that lighting to your advantag if you
see it. With the higher contrast comes exposure problems, but I'm
sure you can sort that out.
Presentation of Food:
Perhaps one of the reasons I like Markets so
much is that so much of
the work is done for you. The people selling product are trying
to encourage people to buy and they do so by presenting the product in
it's best possible light. It's up to you to capture that
One of the draws for the consumer is wide
selection of products. Exploring a market you will see things
that are rare or in better than normal supply. Sometimes putting
all of the options in one frame will give your viewer a sense of the
scale of supply available.
in the Markets:
People in Markets are generally used to people
being around and may not
mind you taking photos of them. That said, it's worth asking
before you take the photo.
about the Space:
And with some markets, the space alone is
deserving in a photo essay. A building is so much more than the
material that make it up - the details of how it is used and the people
that inhabit the space make up much of the feelings about the
space. If you can combine the market and the building, you can
put both in better context.
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Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 01:38:22
The pictures from "The Presentation of Food" are my absolute favorite out of anything else (as a collection) on your website.
Thanks for posting!
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