In this article, I will cover some professional food photography tips and tricks. Using these tips can improve your next food photos, so let’s get started.
8 food photography tips and tricks
Lighting is one of the most important elements of food photography with natural lighting being the best. Natural lighting is diffused light and does not create harsh shadows or light reflections on shiny surfaces. If you have to use indoor or studio lighting try to diffuse this type of lighting.
For example, if you are shooting with direct sunlight on your subject, you will want to diffuse the light. A simple way to do this is by placing a white sheet between your subject and the source of light.
You can also use a portable diffuser or reflector boards to direct the light where you want it to go.
The use of props in food photography provide an exciting and fun way to explore thematic or individualistic ideas and create unique style of food photography. As well as being fun, props can add greater depth into your photographs. Simple props can add color, texture, mood and story.
Examples of some simple props:
- Kitchen towels
- Fresh ingredients
- Plates and / or bowls
- Kitchen appliances (Mixers, Blenders, Cutting boards etc.)
In food photography, it is important that you do not cook your food too much as your food will continue to cook once you take it off the stove or other hot surface. To maintain the juicy, plump, or fresh look of the food, it is necessary to finish cooking the food early. This is essential to food photography including meats or vegetables.
Nothing is more important in food photography than spotless surfaces, places and props. Food photography involves lots of close-up photographs, meaning that every imperfection or spec will be noticeable and impact the quality of your photographs.
Angles are an essential in any form of photography but especially so in food photography. Different angles provide a unique view of the food and can also add to the appeal to the food.
Some important things to consider when deciding on angles in food photography are:
- The size of the subject
- The shape of the subject
- The height / width of the subject
- The ‘uniqueness’ of the subject
6. Lines and layers
In photography, lines and layers are techniques used by photographers to highlight or draw the viewer’s eye to a specific part of the photography. The use of lines and layers draw the viewers attention directly to the subject. Lines and layers are a vital part of composing an image.
For example, when shooting from the front, place the food set in the center of various props. By using two larger props, you can create two out of focus areas to make a layered effect. By doing this, you have created the lines and layers that draw the viewer’s attention straight to the hero of the image.
Adding bursts of color to photographs is wonderful and can change the mood of your photos. However, in food photography, adding too many colored props or large bursts of color to an image can sometimes outshine the main subject of the photos.
For example, selectively place small amounts of color throughout the shot or when adding props and backgrounds to your subject, consider and strive for neutral tones that will complement the image.
Last but certainly not least, creativity. Unleashing your creative side through the use of expressive props, exciting backgrounds, unique angles, and lens lighting will enhance the quality of your photography and create an individualistic style to YOUR photography!
The sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity. Always think outside the box and never be afraid to try something new!
Always remember to try new and different things. But most importantly, have fun with food photography and let your passion shine through.
Try these tips out on your next series of photos and see the difference!