Asparagus or Spaghetti? Which Is More Saleable Food Photography?
If you had to guess which vegetable was more saleable – asparagus or tomatoes – which would you think is in higher demand? And if you had to guess which dinner plate would sell better – spaghetti or steak – would you pick spaghetti because it’s red and photo buyers like bright colors? Or would you pick steak because it’s the perfect image to represent a traditional dinner plate? Well, at Shutterstock.com and Dreamstime.com, all four of these food photography items are incredibly saleable. And if you flip through a few issues of magazines like Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, and Cooking Light you’ll see that not a month goes by without at least a dozen images of someone’s plate or fork inside. Here are a couple food photos that are selling well on istockphoto.com right now: Can you take photos like these? I’m willing to bet you can. Most of what makes these photos appetizing is the light. Get your lights right and you’re halfway there. Couple that with some insider tricks that real food photographers use, and you’re sure to have a winner. Tricks like: ** How to photograph soup without getting a picture that’s more about the bowl than it is the soup… ** A simple approach to setting up your plate so that you get the best picture with little hassle… **How to make food look its best — using tweezers, cooking oil, and cotton swabs along with other food styling tricks. [Editor’s Note: Learn more about how you can turn your pictures into cash in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel. Sign up here today and we’ll send you a new report, Selling Photos for Cash: A Quick-Start Guide, completely FREE.]