Photographing food has become a daily obsession for many of us since the birth of camera phones and social networking sites. Over the past few years I’ve taken more pictures of food than you’ve had hot dinners….see what I did there? Whether you’re writing a blog post, sharing a recipe or just want a lovely picture of your din dins, here are 10 quick tips to help improve your food photography.
1. The human touch- Add a human element, your hand picking up a coffee or just flaunt your manicure. Adding an element of interaction helps your picture to tell a story and set the scene.
2. The action shot- showing your food being spooned out makes your picture look instantly tasty, makes you imagine how it’s going to taste.
4. Lighting is everything- If I’m photographing a cake I’ll often take it next to the window to photograph. Sounds simple right? Natural light looks so much better than the yellowish tinge of the kitchen light!
5. Shoot from above– Get a birds eye view of your dish, this creates a classic image and really shows the dish off to its best.
6. Vary your camera angles- Try placing the camera on the table and shoot from the side, play around with the angle that you hold your camera at and it’ll give your images variation
7. Include the background- Include the backdrop of your meal, showing the setting gives the food more character and draws you into the picture. Try photographing your food against a patterned wallpaper or a bright wall, maybe choose to include flowers or a seasonal prop to set the scene.
10. Turn the flash off! – There’s nothing worse than a harsh flash bouncing back off a white plate, ok there probably are worse things, but you get what I’m saying? The flash will change the look of your food. You want to get the best natural light available.
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