4 Simple Food Photography Tips

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4 Simple Food Photography Tips

Whether you’re looking to show off your home cooked creations, sharing a photo from your favorite brunch spot, or promoting your restaurant with some appetizing photos, food photography is an art form not to be dismissed as simply “taking a picture.” Here are a few tips and tricks to serve up better food photos.

  1. Use natural lighting.

No matter what the subject is, most photographers will tell you that natural lighting is the key to a great shot. This applies to photographing food, as well. Overhead lighting and camera flashes will give your photos a washed-out appearance, and can make even the most savory spread appear uninspiring. So, try placing your dish near a window and photographing it with the sunlight at your back for a more appealing image.

  1. Get a different perspective.

While some food photos are great looking directly down at a dish from above, taking liberties with angles can produce a tasty effect. Experiment with various views of your meal—get down at plate level and shoot straight on from the edge of the table, or tilt your camera to follow the path of a sauce that’s been drizzled on the plate.

  1. Style your shot.

Understand the balance of different colors on your plate, and consider which props should be added accordingly. Place a napkin or a fork in the shot to even out a vibrant salad. Garnish a plain dish with something colorful. A simple addition can go a long way toward enhancing your food photography.

  1. Pay attention to technique.

Set your white balance before you shoot to warm up the colors and add heat to your dish. Or, use selective focus to highlight one part of your dish, while the rest is blurred in the background. You can achieve this by using the macro setting on a point and shoot, or by stopping down your aperture on a DSLR.

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