HOW TO TAKE MESMERIZING PICTURES AT COOKING EVENTS
When it comes to event photography there are a lot of different ways to take pictures. Today, we will be focusing on a food event. We were taking pictures at pizza making classes, organised by Copenhagen based Madenitaly.
Cooking classes are a lot of fun and allow you to play around with how you take the pictures. In general, the one rule to keep in mind for event photography is this: never take pictures of people shoving food in their mouth.
Rule #1: take equal amount of pictures of everyone
If you are taking pictures at an event, where people are learning how to cook it is your chance to play around. Make sure you get good images of everyone - don’t just focus on the one person who is easy to take pictures of.
Rule #2: take plenty of action photos
Cooking classes are very dynamic. You want to capture that in the pictures. Get some 'action photos' where the focus is on what people are doing, for example sticking their hands in the dough or trying to make a nice plate serving. Those are the pictures that people will appreciate, because you catch them in action. So when they look back at the photos they will be taken back to the same feeling they had when they were taking the course.
Rule #3: capture the atmosphere
Cooking classes are usually very messy. And that's fine! The images should capture the atmosphere, not be perfect and clean. Of course you need to make sure there are no objects in the shot which are disturbing the subject being photographed, but in general don’t try to clean anything or make it more pretty. You wanna capture the true atmosphere of the cooking class.
Rule #4: Make sure people are comfortable and don’t disturb the event
You want to keep in mind not all people feels comfortable having their photos taken. Keeping this in mind, you have to work the room - meaning - make sure you are not making people uncomfortable by standing too close and shoving a camera in their face. The goal is to go relatively unnoticed, so you don’t disturb the flow of the event. It is usually better to use a longer lens, which allows you to stand further away from the subject and still be able to take a nice close up photo.
Rule #5: take pictures of everything
Last but not least, be sure to capture the important parts of the event. Take photos of the ingredients before people arrive, when they start using them, along with some images of the setup, again without people. In general, try to capture the event all the way from the beginning until the end. At the end of the day, people who will be looking at the pictures will want their memories of the day captured in the best possible way, so try to capture all the important parts of the process.