The other day I discovered a Parisian market in the 12th district of Paris – “Aligre Market” – during a food photography class. I love Paris because even after living here for over 10 years now, I still discover new places every day.
This farmer’s market is open 6 days out of the week, and is composed of an outdoor market on Aligre street, and a covered market called the marché Beauvau near Aligre square.
I’ve rarely seen such beautiful produce than here and let me tell you, taking shots of them was such a pleasure, it was so refreshing to see all the explosions of colors. Lucky that I fell on a sunny day, which made it so much more agreeable!
So I’m no photographer, but I enjoy learning about food photography as part of my food styling project. Cooking up tasty and beautiful dishes is one thing, but being able to show them off on a picture is a whole other job!
I don’t feel it’s necessary to cheat when cooking – to make the ingredients on your dish look prettier for the picture. I think if you have the cooking skills, if you are detailed enough when composing your dish and of course if accompanied by good photography skills and a little bit of editing, you can make wonders!
I spoke to my photography teacher about it – he is a food photographer – he showed me his work and promised me that he only did basic editing on contrast and brightness ! I loved that his main focus was on the ingredients and capturing their identity, even with their imperfections. It was a real inspiration !
Another task was to be able to create the blur in the background, and focus only on a specific ingredient. Not easy when you know nothing about photography like me – and barely know how to use your camera haha, but hey we all have to start somewhere right ? I’ve been dying to learn this trick for months, little did I know I wasn’t on the right mode on my camera 🙂 !
Then there’s working with light. When taking pictures in a farmer’s market, or in a restaurant, you have to work with the lighting according to the weather that day. In Paris we usually have cloudy weather, which some say is the best lighting.
It turns out we had really sunny weather that day, which can be tricky when you have too much sun or light on your produce! So my teacher’s advice was to work with the light and try to use it to its advantage. To not avoid it, but to embrace it. Once again, I really like his approach to food photography, you can tell he has great respect for the products.
It was really a beautiful experience, and I’m ready for level 2 of this class! Coming up soon and this time, once we will have gotten our produce on the market, we will learn how to take pictures of them indoors.
I took so many pictures, I want to share all of them with you 🙂 ! Check out my instagram and facebook for some more, and to finish, here is my favorite shot.
Place d’Aligre, 75012 Paris
Open Tuesdays to Sundays