Have Fun When You Photograph Fruit
Photograph fruit, any fruit you like. There’s many different kinds of fruit.
Actually doing a quick google search shows up about 2,000 various types.
Most of them only grow in certain parts of the Earth.
I suppose most of us are only familiar with, or ever encounter, a small portion of them.
Personally, I only know a tiny percentage of them.
Of all the food in the world, overall I think they’re probably the nicest.
Not only is it nice to photograph fruit, they’re mainly sweet and it’s also lovely to eat it.
Certainly all the fruits I know are sweet, and I’d be very surprised to find any aren’t.
Apart from chocolate most of the treats we like to eat are based on fruit flavours.
You can photograph them growing, or at least the ones that grow where you live or visit.
All you need is a camera and the time it takes to do it.
It’s also possible to photograph them in the multitude of confectionary they abound in.
Food photography is very popular, and one could photograph a fruit dish being prepared.
How about an apple tart or a lemon meringue pie.
We buy most of our fruit in shops, and off course it’s possible to photograph it while still packaged.
Off course you can simply photograph them on their own, whole or in portions.
You just need a prop to display them on, a camera, and away you go.
They can be shot on their own, or grouped with one, or more other fruit.
When I started first I photographed them in a fairly uninspired way, simply displayed on a plate.
In this image there’s strawberries and apples.
All strawberries are red but apples come in red, green and yellow.
The yellow ones are usually classed as green, but some are without doubt, yellow.
In this image the apples are green which provides a good contrast with the red strawberries.
Passion fruit and phsalis
I zoomed in very far for this photo resulting in some of the subject being outside the photo edge.
There’s always a choice of what part, or how much of a subject will be included in an image.
When shooting this I took several images including some showing the whole subject.
Not only that, but in some the plate was in the middle of a bare table. I liked this one best.
There’s a second photo featuring the white plate.
This time it’s host to passion fruit and physalis fruit.
While the apples and strawberries in the previous are whole, I’ve cut these.
The passion fruit in particular looks much more interesting cut open.
I’ve kept it more diverse by including whole fruit as well as the halved ones.
Using more than one plate
Still sticking to fruit on plates, the next photo has three plates.
It’s not mandatory to use this many plates when you photograph fruit, but it’s no harm.
Lest you get the wrong impression, this fruit was bought to eat, not photograph.
If there is a lot of it in the fridge, get your camera out before you get hungry.
And when you eat it, it’ll be gone but not forgotten.
There’s three plates, all full of fruit in this photo.
Two have fruit that are green and red.
I could have put all the green on one plate and the red on the other.
I think it looks better like this.
There’s apples, pears and strawberries on one plate.
The second one has tomatoes and grapes.
The third plate has kiwi fruit and blueberries.
The kiwi is a brown green colour but the blueberries are a much darker colour than the rest.
The blueberries in particular make the fruit in this photograph look somewhat darker than the other plates.
I shot this with a few different compositions, but I think this is the best.
The plates with the red and green arrangements look better arranged diagonally.
In the other arrangement I tried, they were to the back and the darker fruit were to the front.
The plate with the blueberries brings it all together. This composition works better.
Groups with an odd number of parts work better than groups with even numbers.
Away with the white plates
There’s only so much fun I could have taking photographs of fruit on white plates.
There was more than different coloured plates called for, like more fruit.
If I’d had easy access to all two thousand varieties of fruit perhaps I could have gone on longer. But I didn’t…and I didn’t.
I got a little more use out of white props though.
This time I used egg cups.
We’re used to seeing eggs in egg cups, but I decided to see if they could hold fruit.
I shot several and I’ve chosen this one of kiwi fruit to include here.
They’re almost the same colour as the table they’re displayed on.
That makes the egg cups stand out more than they did holding other fruit.
Unlike the earlier photos where I zoomed right in, I zoomed out here.
They’re a little off centre, but it’s not the classic rule of thirds composition.
As long as it’s off centre, I think it looks better.
I don’t think it has to be on the one-third two-thirds intersection every time.
It’s not a funny picture but the fact that you only see egg cups holding eggs makes it a little.
A lot of humour is based on unexpected or unusual happenings or situations.
So this photo does look a little funny even though it’s simply some fruit in containers.
Photographing packaged fruit
When I go to buy fruit i usually find some loose and some packaged.
I know there’s a great case to be made for not buying packaged goods anymore.
Some things are available only in wrapping or containers.
The choice with them is, buy them like that or do without them.
I’m old enough to remember when little or nothing came packaged.
Coming pre-packed and attractively presented was a convenient and hygienic innovation when it came.
Like everything there are pros and cons.
Anyway I leave that because this blog is about taking photographs not ethics.
When it comes to fruit like strawberries and grapes they all come in containers where I live.
In our house we like them so we buy them.
These were bought to be eaten not to be photographed, as you can see.
I cannot abide waste and while I’ll photograph food, I’ll always eat it afterwards.
These half eaten punnets of fruit were just placed on a counter top.
The counter has a shiny surface which is reflective.
It’n not a surface I like ti use very often, but it’s nice to use occasionally.
The red of the berries and the green of the grapes add the colour to the photo.
Everything else in the photo is grey which makes the fruit stand out.
It’s definitely not the nicest way to photograph fruit though.
Jam is made from fruit
I love jam, which is always made with fruit.
Here I’ve got an almost used pot of blackcurrant jam.
There were several pots of it in the fridge but all the others had labels right around.
This was the only one that had good view of the jam without removing the label altogether.
With the labels in place the jam was obscured, and the brand was recognisable.
This is an example of a food product with a fruit flavour and that had fruit as an ingredient.
There are many such products including tarts, pies and cakes.
I’m just including this to show that there’s more to a fruit photograph than just raw fruit.
You could also shoot some of the jam spread on bread or anything you like to eat it on.
This is a way of shooting things for use in advertising and marketing.
It’s not a subject a person would photograph normally, and I never would only for this article.
You wouldn’t print this to hang on a wall.
An online general portfolio would want to be huge to include this.
However there are photographers who make a living shooting food and they would include it in their promotional material.
Photographing several fruit together
This site is about enjoying photography so I’ll leave the jam where it belongs.
Unlike jam pots, fruit come in a massive variety of shapes.
Adding these shapes to all the colours they come in is what makes them such great subjects.
Photographing one fruit on it’s own is good a few times, but putting several together is when the magic begins.
I really started to have fun with fruit when I decided to make and photograph the alphabet with some.
I used several fruit for this.
They were; lemon, red apple, green apple, passion fruit, pear, peach, plum, tomato, orange and kiwi.
This took some time as I had to fashion each letter separately and then shoot them.
I just did the capital letters, making and shooting each one in turn.
At first I used a white board as the background, but it wasn’t working.
It just didn’t look good, so I used the kitchen table instead.
The wooden veneer of the table top gave a warmer look and made a much more pleasing image.
As there’s twenty six photographs in all I’m only including one in this article.
I chose A because it was the first one, and it was the easiest way.
It gives a good idea of what they all look like. Using a different way of picking a letter could have taken all day.
Using the letters
To show the whole lot of the letters together I reduced them in size to small versions.
I then combined them in one image.
It would have worked perfectly if there was only twenty five letters in the alphabet.
They would have fitted five across and five deep.
The full amount of twenty six was a little trickier.
I had to put a few over the others hiding part of some letters.
It does give a view of what they all look like.
Letters are for making words though, so that’s what I did.
When using fruit to spell a word, what better word to spell than fruit.
I wouldn’t fancy writing or reading a whole article with them, but one short word looks good.
Being creative with fruit
One last thing is a follow on from the letters, it’s a star.
It’s constructed the same way as the letters.
I used several kinds of fruit arranged on a table top.
There’s many more shapes and symbols that I could have made, or that you could make.
With photography as with other forms of art the only limitation is your imagination.
Have a go and photograph fruit yourself.
See what other ideas you can come up with and what images they make.
I’ve only used a tiny amount of fruit here, see if you can find others, and other combinations.