MOODY PHOTOGRAPHY - STYLED STOCK PHOTOS
I have to admit that moody photography fascinates me partly because it is oftentimes really emotional. My "normal" way of shooting and editing is not one which outcome is moody photos but I really like to experiment something different just for fun.
Moodiness usually gives depth to your images in a way that clear, bright images cannot. Dark, high contrast photos are a perfect way to experiment how shadows work. From which angle the light comes and which things you should highlight to get photos with character.
Dark and shadowy images are also a great way to show texture in your photos. For example, linen is a beautiful organic material and looks gorgeous on photos because it has great texture. I use linen on my table and kitchen a lot. And that's why it also ends up to my styled photos often.
Same goes to wooden boards. I have different kinds of wooden boards in my house. Some of them are only used as props but most of them I use as a clipping boards, cheese plates or in other food serving purposes. One cannot own too many wooden boards, right?
Dark and moody images are especially trendy in food photography at the moment. I think if I would shoot only food, I may do it that way.
I would use almost black backdrops and make the images high in contrast.
When shooting food textures and colors are so important. They make you want to taste, smell and touch the food.
These images have been shot months ago but I just put them for sale on Creative Market.
If you are interested in moody photography and especially food photography, I can recommend this very thorough article. It has lots of technical tips and advice regarding camera settings and light. In addition, you will learn about editing your food photos and what backdrops & props to use.