Pre-production is quite simply the planning of your food photos. It is what you do before you begin to take your photos to ensure the shoot runs smooth. This can be helpful with larger jobs such as commercial, editorial or restaurant photography. Pre-productional elements can make or break your photoshoot and it is a good idea to plan in advance.
Planning your food shoot will help make it go smoothly. Pre-production can include: creating a shot list, drawing a storyboard for your images, setting up your tripod, camera, and lights. It can also include other equipment such as tether cable, computer, and color calibration systems.
Pre-production can also include any food styling or prop styling tasks such as finding the best looking ingredients, cooking the food, sourcing props, and choosing backgrounds and surfaces.