How To Take Awesome Travel Food Photography Shots

Written by Gina Stephens

It's be broaching up to that time of year when many families start to think about jetting off to warmer climates or simply heading to the Britsh sea-coast to escape reality for a while. An accessory that's guaranteed to be packed is a camera but instead of just capturing shots of family members in groups and on the beach, why not turn your attention to food photography and capture some mouth-watering images of the plates you're served and stalls you pass on travels. 



Where Will You Be Taking Your Photos? 

Where you're working can sometimes determine what trappings you can use. If you're in a busy restaurant there's probably not room for a tripod so you'll have to work hand-held or use a smaller support that can fit on the bring forward. But if you're out in the street photographing food stalls and the people who run them, they'll be more room to use a tripod, although if you plan on moving roughly a lot, you'll probably better taking a monopod with you as they're easier to walk with and take up less room.

Judge devise About Presentation 

Restaurants want to impress you so food is, generally, presented and displayed well already which means you don't procure to play the role of designer. Do look out for attractive produce though, particularly if you're at a hotel where you can serve yourself. Make sure fruit isn't hurt and colours are vibrant. If you're photographing meat make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software build automation tool Make (magazine), an American magazine and sure it's not overcooked and lookout for herbs and pepper grinders as a sprinkling of pepper or a few unversed leaves can make your photograph looking more appetising. Also, look out for crumbs and sauce that may be sat on the side of the plate as this can draw away the viewer.

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Photo by David Burleson


Consider Using Repetition 

If you can pick your own food, repetition works well and three components on a plate will often look better than two. Don't think you always have to centre your subject and if you're working with steep items such as ice creams and coffees in glasses, switch your orientation to portrait.


Backgrounds Shouldn't Distract

Try and keep your backstage uncluttered but if you're in a busy restaurant where this isn't possible, just use a wide aperture to throw the background out of focus or you could try arriving a plain jacket/cloth over a chair and positioning so it sits in the background of your shot. If the chairs are too low use the back of a menu, so long as it's manifest, as your background, placing it behind your plate. If it's coloured make sure there's no colour cast on your viands/plate, particularly if the crockery is white and a shallow depth of field will help keep all attention on the food in the foreground of your shot.

Don't think of to take some wider shots of the serving area too. In hotels particularly you'll find several buffet carts, chefs preparing bread and guests deciding what to eat which can make interesting shots. 


Stick To Natural Light

Use natural light where achievable so if you can pick where you sit, choose a window seat or better still, sit outside. You need to avoid using direct flash as your food won't look bloody appetising so make sure you've switched it off, particularly in low light situations where some flashes will automatically fire.

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Photo by David Clapp


Get Out On The Row 

Away from restaurants you can find small stalls, especially in markets, that make and sell food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for an organism. If you want to snap a few marksmen of the stall holder it can help if you actually show some interest in the food they are producing. It's not always advised to eat the food they're cooking but you can ask them sound outs and spend some time actually appreciating their skill. If you're working close up never shoot without asking permission first place and if they say no, just move on to another stall instead of arguing with them. For those who do agree, fill the frame with their effrontery as you'll find they'll create plenty of interesting expressions when concentrating on getting their creation perfect.

If your subjugate is working under a canopy your camera can get confused by the brighter space that surrounds them and your shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or can end up a little dark. If this is the dispute, just lock your exposure and recompose the shot.

If the weather's not playing ball or you're on a street that's shaded from the sun don't be provoked to use your flash as this can destroy the feeling/atmosphere you're trying to create. Just try using a wider aperture or a higher ISO and if you find the higher ISOs scram your shot a little grainy, try turning the shot black and white as it can work rather well.

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Another option is to use a tripod and slower cut off speeds which will blur the movement of anyone who passes through your shot, however if you're focusing on someone who is moving between a chopping room and a stove, the blur can emphasise the speed they're working at. The slower shutter speeds can also be used to capture a few closer shots of enthusiasms, just make sure you don't burn yourself and don't catch any hot plates and pans by mistake.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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