Food Photography Tips For Beginners


If you are a fan of both food and social media, you need to be able to take great photos of the delicious dishes you create. Food has always been the ideal subject for beautiful still life photography. And you can now achieve beautiful photos using nothing more than your phone. Read on for some tips that will help you to take stunning shots of all the mouthwatering dishes you are planning to make.

  • Food looks best shot under natural light rather than harsh artificial lighting. Artificial light tends to ruin the color of food. Position your masterpieces in soft daylight (softly diffused natural light). While it might seem proper to shoot in bright sun, the brightness can cast unappealing shadows.
  • Shadows are usually undesirable, but they can sometimes add visual intrigue. If you want to create strong shadows, try shooting in more direct sunlight. If you want to minimize shadows for fear that they might dominate, position the food in a space that's more shaded. Don't be afraid to experiment with natural lighting.
  • You want to focus the shot on your food and not on a backdrop that's needlessly messy or cluttered. Opt for a neutral background that lets you showcase your stunning food. While it doesn't have to be devoid of visual interest, the background should include colors and props that are complementary to the food.
  • For almost every type of food shot, wooden surfaces make the perfect background. Beyond wooden surfaces, try experimenting with various shades of marble, blackboards, and slate.
  • Color placement in a frame affects the composition of the photo. Warm colors placed together soothe while bright ones that contrast against each other lend vibrancy and life. Play around to see what works and have fun with it.
  • Shooting from above allows you to include all elements of your food and background, including interesting props. That said, you might like to play around with different angles depending on what kind of food or drink you're shooting.
  • A side angle is great if you want to show off the layers of a cake. Be sure to shoot from the side against neutral backgrounds to avoid unnecessary noise. Your best bet is to take many photos from all angles so you can review and choose later.
  • Carefully consider the way you arrange the food in your photo since every detail matters. No one wants to look at a haphazardly thrown together dish in a photo. Think about balance and neatness when you are plating your food to be photographed. That means taking into account everything from the size of the veggies to the placement of the proteins.
  • While the dish and the background you set it on are of paramount importance in a photo, so are the little details you add to the scene. Once you are ready to shoot your finished dish, consider adding some beautiful ingredients that went into it. Bright berries, vibrant spices, and roughly chopped chocolate are examples of decorative elements you might add.

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