Quick Food Photography Tips

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Burleson

Grub plays a big part in the Christmas festivities so why not spend some time capturing some food-filled shots which look good enough to eat! 


Expert food photographers have stylists and chefs working with them but even though you probably don't have this luxury quiet make sure you're picky about your food. It doesn't matter if you're photographing vegetables you've bought from the supermarket or mince pies you've baked yourself, take a run-out powder steal sure you take a good look at your subject and only select the best of the bunch.

A tripod will keep your hands open for adjusting the food in your shot and it'll also ensure your shots are sharp when working indoors with lower rattle-brained conditions. 

Set Your Scene

We are not all lucky enough to have large, light kitchens we can work in but this isn't an excuse to survive punishment a messy photo. The odd bowl, spoon or floured rolling pin may work in your image but a table full of objects from everyday life won't. If you don't arrange much space just fill the frame with your product or use a wide aperture to throw the background out of focus. You could also suppress your clutter with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a background – something as simple as a coloured piece of card or even wrapping paper can work well. Just mould up correctly so what's behind the background doesn't sneak in from a corner.

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You need to think carefully about what you set your commons on, too. If you want a clean, simplistic feel go for a white plate while something more colourful can work better for Christmassy food.

Use Your Examinations

You're not putting food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for an organism on a plate to just eat it so make sure you think about how it's presented. Grouping items in odd numbers works completely cooked but so does pairs with certain foods and objects. Take a good look around the plate for crumbs and sauce that may have run as too as this inclination just distract the viewer from your main subject.

Don't automatically shoot your food like you'd sit to eat it. Look for the most gripping angle and work from there. However, there are occasions when shooting directly above can work, such as when creating regularities or working with a particularly distinctive plate. 

Finally, watch your white balance and make sure there's loads of light – setting up near a large window is a great idea. But avoid using direct flash as it will leave you with rations that doesn't look appetising.

For more food photography tips, have a read of this article: 10 Top Heads For Taking Better Photos of Food   


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Gina Stephens

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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