Introduction: Freeze Motion Photography- Food

In this instructable we will learn about freeze motion photography and how to master it. We go over camera settings, lighting, background, foods etc. For a better understanding of what freeze motion photography is. If you ever find yourself trying to take pictures and they aren’t turning out how you want, then follow this tutorial to learn more about this type of photography.

Step 1: Set Up

Be aware of how you want the background to look. These types of photos usually look the best in plain backgrounds. The more busier the background the less your focal point will be noticed. Try to keep the background as simple as possible. Thinking about lighting and what kind you want to use, you should take into account what type of mood/theme you’re going for. Natural lighting would bring more of a soft and more casual mood. Depending on the type of light you use unnatural lighting is more hard and dramatic.

Step 2: Shutter Speed

In order to obtain a frozen motion picture you will need to adjust your shutter speed. Your shutter speed is how fast your camera takes the picture. Adjusting your shutter speed to 1/800th second will give you a good picture. If you notice that it’s not exactly how you want, then you can make it higher to make the speed go faster, and lower to make the speed slower.

Step 3: ISO and Appeture

You might need to adjust your ISO and Appeture as you change the shutter speed. Some people will increase the ISO to achieve a higher shutter speed. You might notice some grain which can be fixed in Lightroom. To help you get your subject better focused adjusting your Appeture will make it better.

Step 4: Food

This is the part where you figure out how your going to capture the food. If you’re doing a lay flat you can set the camera up on a tripod and drop the food into whatever you had planned. Taking pictures from the side is a little bit easier. You will most likely need to set a timer on the camera so you can focus on how you drop the food. Try multiple ways to drop your food to see what you like. Take multiple pictures at different times. Once you find the way you like it, you can continue taking pictures. Take a lot so you have some to pick out of.

Step 5: Editing

Editing is overall up to you. If your photo has a dark background, try to go with that theme. If your photo has a light background try to go with that theme. You can always sharpen things up to make the objects in the air clearer.