I think I’m getting a little better with the food photography; at least I’m liking the way this fresh fruit turned out. 🙂
Anyone have more food photography tips they’d like to share? Feel free to pass them along in the comments.
How To Take Better Food Photos
*Use natural light when you can by shooting next to a window with a thin curtain or even setting your food outdoors. Food looks its best in natural light where the colors come out true.
*Watch your white balance! Adjust in camera or in post but make sure the whites are white and you don’t end up with that nasty orange or blue glow from artificial light.
*Keep the background clean and simple if you can by shooting on a clean countertop, fresh linens, or using a simple cutting board or placemat as a background. If you are shooting in a busy restaurant try to get an angle that eliminates some of that “noise”.
*Use simple props that add to your food but don’t distract from it. For example rustic homemade family style might look good on grandma’s linens, picnic salads will look right at home on a checkerboard blanket, and bbq looks best on the grill. Just don’t add too much extra; after all the star is the food itself.
*If you need something to be a little more shiny try brushing it with a bit of oil, spritz fresh fruits and vegetables with a little water, build up height in a sandwich with extra fillings, mound those mashed potatoes over a ball of paper napkins to raise them up, and tuck in wet cotton balls heated in the microwave to add that fresh off the stove steam.
*Don’t be afraid to get in close and show textures, try different angles to see what feels more appealing, and remember some foods look more inviting when sliced, broken, peeled, or even bitten!