Monika Grabkowska, originally from Poland, is one of the most talented food photographers on the web. Her images makes one more than hungry. We asked Monika few questions about photography and her background.
When did you start with photographing? How did it start?
It all started about 2 years ago. My partner convinced me to open a food blog. But quickly I realised I wanted to focus on photography, not on writing and publishing recipes. But who knows, maybe I’ll go back to blogging one day 🙂
What equipment do you use? How many % do you think the quality of camera does?
I use DSLR camera Nikon D5300 and two lenses Nikkor 35 mm F/1.8 G and 50 mm F/1.8 G and tripod of course 🙂
I heard once that the attraction and quality of the picture depends on the photographer, not the camera. You can have the best equipment and the picture will still look bland. I totally agree with that. Good camera only helps to make a perfect picture.
Why do you mainly take photos of food?
I just like food! Since I started being interested with food photography I can see more than before. Food became more attractive because of its shape, colour. In food photography there’s a magic, which makes us “eat with our eyes”.
Do you prepare/cook everything?
Yea I do prepare and cook everything from scratch. I like the food to look fresh and it also gives me a chance to design the pictures my way. So everything looks exactly how I want it to look.
What advice would you give to someone how wants to be on the same level as you one day?
The most important thing is patience and lots of practise. You can’t give up, after so many times you finally take a picture you can be proud of. It’s important to learn about the light, cause it makes the food look more interesting. It’s always good to look at someone else’s work, read books about photography, look things up online. Sooner or later theory will become a practice.
We wish Monika all the best for future!