Do you love taking pictures of food? Have you noticed how difficult it is to get the shots done? Well, capturing perfect pictures of food can be really challenging. Food photography is something that needs to be done seriously if you want to produce delectable food photos.
A food photo can be considered perfect if it looks appetizing that viewers would love to eat it. Like other types of photo, the food picture must tell a story. There are times when shooting food is easy while other times it is difficult depending on the given situation, location, type of food and expected shots. Most food need to be freshly picked or bought so it will look good in pictures.
Here are some tips to help you produce those delectable food photos similar to those you see in magazines and websites.
Use natural light, avoid flashes
Shooting food is best inside a well-lighted room where light from the sun can come in. Position the plate near the window where light can come in. Insufficient light can ruin your photos since the food might appear blurry or unclear.
Avoid using your on-camera or even an external camera flash because it can create shadows in the pictures which can distract the viewers and the focus will no longer be in the food.
If you really need to use a flash, do no point it directly on the food but make it bounce from the wall and find also the best angle to position it so there is less shadows or dark spots.
Vary your angles when shooting
Take a picture of your dish from various angles so you have plenty of pictures to choose from later. Do not be afraid to experiment with angles when shooting the dish. Try taking pictures from above, from the sides or even cropping the dish as long as the focus remains on the food.
Choose the right lenses – macro and wide angle
The lens that you attach to your camera can help you get the shots you need. When shooting a dish, you can use a macro lens to give focus on the details of the food. A macro lens can make a food look bigger or nearer. A wide angle lens is also suitable to use if you want to include the background or the entire dish.
Make it simple
A common mistake done by amateur photographers is using the colored items and adding too many props near the food. It is best to keep it simple like using a white plate with less to no utensils or other props on the side. Remember that the main purpose is to promote the food so make sure the focus remains on the recipe or dish.
Use different backgrounds
Use your creativity and vary your backgrounds when shooting the dish. You may include some ingredients on the side of the dish, use different table cloths or mats or change the position of the dish. Make sure the contrast is just right when choosing what to add. The focus must still be on the food.
Applying the above-mentioned tips is a good start for beginners like you who want to produce delectable photos. Keep these tips in mind and never stop practicing for this can really help improve your shots and give you brilliant food photos you want.