Fruits, vegetables, and other food items are popular subjects for photography. Although many foods are widely available, they can be a challenge to photograph.
There are a number of factors that need to be considered when photographing fruits and vegetables. Of particular importance are quality, freshness, color, and availability.
Many foods have a short shelf life, which limits the time available when the photographer can capture an image. As fruits and vegetables loose their freshness, color, texture, and overall appearance usually decline.
In addition to time, factors such as temperature, humidity, and sunlight can affect fruits and vegetables.
In order to overcome these challenges, photographers must often go to
great lengths in order to capture an image. This means working in the
field, often literally. Many of the best photos are shot on site, at
farms, orchards, gardens, or other locations.
is not practical to visit growing areas, photographers sometimes seek
out another segment of the the food supply chain. Possible locations
often include food wholesalers, produce auctions, farm stores, produce
stands, farmers markets, festivals, and other sources.
locating fruits and vegetables, the photographer may choose to
photograph food items on site, obtain foods for later use, or both. As
always, time, environmental conditions, and other factors will affect