From bake offs on the BBC to seasonal, organic, so-local-we-can-tell-you-your-steak’s-mother’s-name eateries on our high streets, our nation has shed its culinary stigma and is in the midst of a passionate foodie affair. Of course, wherever trends go, the bloggers follow, gleefully documenting their culinary creations – and now our children are at it too, proving that the next generation of photography talent is literally snapping at our heels.
Pink Lady Food Photographer of The Year, which celebrates the most appetising snaps from around the world, is seeking 2014 entries in the under-tens category – so, if your child has an eye for the epicurean, we present the 2013 winner's, nine-year-old Joel Roane’s, top five tips for other aspiring young snappers:
"To have a digital camera which you can keep with you is good, because you won’t have to miss a good photo opportunity, and you can take as many photos as you like, and then just delete the ones you don’t like. Sometimes, you’re just lucky to be in the right place at the right time to capture something interesting, so you need to have your camera with you.
The more often you take photos the better you get at recognising the angles and frames that look best, so experiment and practise as much as you can. Take lots of photos from different angles and decide which ones you like best. You can also practise cropping your photos to see which frames look best - I’m learning about the rule of thirds at the moment.
Don’t rush to take a photo, hold your camera still, with your elbows tucked in to your body so that you don’t get blurry pictures. I often breathe in and hold my breath while I take a picture!
Also, the light is important. I take photos in natural daylight. I don’t have any special equipment, but I know that my pictures don’t look as good if they are taken indoors in unnatural lighting. It makes the colours look all wrong and the subjects aren’t as clear. There are a lot of things that I don’t understand yet about photography and cameras.
You can take winning photos without needing a professional camera and without understanding all of the camera settings! So just keep clicking and your photos will get better!"
Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2014 is open for entries until January 31 2014. For more information, visit www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com