Once you’ve got your camera and you’ve had some practice you’ll probably be wondering how to create the perfect photo. Here are our top 5 tips to make your food photography truly appetising:
Try not to use your flash
Pouring light in from one angle will flatten the look of your dish and push away any delicate natural shadows which are present. In low lighting situations then the best options are to move location to somewhere lighter (perhaps outside?), put reflectors, or even just white card around the area to reflect as much light as possible or invest in a cheap softbox light to allow more natural looking light.
Ensure you have a tripod handy
There is nothing worse than getting the composition spot on and then discovering when you transfer your photos that camera shake has left your shot blurry. Most tripods will have a range of movement so you won’t need to just shoot in one angle but it will allow you to increase the exposure and allow more light in as the camera can be held still for longer periods of time.
Find the right angle
Different bits of food will require photos to be taken from a different angles to show off their true identity. While you may be able to shoot one dish from above, if you’ve got a tiered cake or a double layer smoothie then you will need to shoot from a lower angle alongside straight on. Think about the composition in advance so that you aren’t spending longer than you need to getting the right angle, especially if you’re photographing a recipe or something as you’re cooking.
Choose your props carefully
On a subconscious level things like other items in the background and the cutlery and tablecloth choices will affect the way someone will look at your photo so choose them carefully. Don’t clutter the photo with a full table setting but think about adding just one or two elements such as a fork, a glass or a napkin.
Use the freshest ingredients
If the skin of a piece of fruit looks wrinkled or damaged, or the herbs you’re using are starting to wither then get a new one. When you photograph food you’re going to be going quite close so even the smallest flaws will show up.