Don’t you agree? And this telling a story aspect is where composition comes in.
Firstly, we need to understand what composition is. Like the word is generally used, it is how all the elements that form the final product are used.
Composition is a way of guiding the viewer’s eye towards the most important elements of your work, sometimes — in a very specific order. A good composition can help make a masterpiece even out of the dullest objects and subjects in the plainest of environments. On the other hand, a bad composition can ruin a photograph completely, despite how interesting the subject may be. — Photography Life
And the secret behind great composition? Making it look effortless. The composition should be seamless, so that the focus is on the food itself and not what was going on in the mind of the photographer.
Deeba Rajpal, one of my absolute favourites, when it comes to composition, puts her thoughts on composition across in such a sublime way.
Food styling and composition for me is a very connected and therapeutic process, and something I immensely enjoy. I have experienced however that if I don’t enjoy styling, making or tasting what I’ve made, the joy in styling and shooting is somewhat diluted. The results speak! So, I feel, it is important to have a passion and to be in sync with what you plan to shoot. Also, that we grow with each shot, every ‘image’ is another step in the learning curve. I really love shooting dark, moody images, but sometimes I chase light rather than block it!
There you have it. This is precisely why you sometimes need to go with the flow for your compositions.
In my mind, there are two ways you can approach composition.
Either your composition is telling you a story and making you think about the picture.
Or it needs to present the image in the best way possible.
Since I’m one for pictures that talk to you, here is one of my recent favourites in terms of composition. Sandhya of Sandhya’s Kitchen fame creates such a beautiful picture that instantly evokes a story in your mind.