5 Food Photography Tips... So It Looks As Good As It Smells

Food can look so tempting... and the best food photography just urges you to eat it! If you are taking photos of food, there are a few tips and tricks you will want to remember to be sure you are capturing it to look as good as it smells. 

1. Think About The Background

The background of the photo is pretty important because you want to make sure that the delicious seafood or steak you are capturing is truly the center of attention. If the background of the photo is very busy with a bunch going on, it could take away from the food. Find a spot with a solid color placemat or wood table that does not have any patterns. You also want to think about the color and style of the plate or bowl your food is being put on. Make sure the color is a good contrast from the food being displayed. You also want to make sure there is not any stray silverware (except what is needed for your dish of course), napkins or even people that show up in the shot. 

Photo credit: Serious Eats

Photo credit: Serious Eats

2. Natural Light

It is always best to use natural light whenever you can. Try to find a nice place to shoot that is by a window to get the best light possible. If you can not find a place near natural light, it is best to stay away from using your flash. A flash tends to be a bit too harsh for food. 

3. Move Around

Take photos of the food from every angle you can. Take photos from the side, from above and even at an angle from below. You never know what photo angle will turn out the best so moving around and capturing every way you can is not a bad idea. But, even though you are moving around and using different angles, make sure your camera is totally still. You may even want to think about using a tripod. 

Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

4. Use Your Zoom

Get as close as you can to the food with your zoom. Try and fill the entire frame with the food... if that is the focus of the shot, why not show it off as close to the deliciousness as you can? Most cameras have a macro setting that would be great to use. 

5. Keep An Eye Out For Those Little Details

You do not want to spend tons of time shooting a savoring piece of chocolate cake and then realize that there was a little chocolate sauce smeared on the side of the plate. And remember those little extra details that will make it look even more tempting... like if you are shooting a refreshing picture of freshly squeezed lemonade, having a small plate of lemons next to it may add that something extra to the photo. 

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