Food photography is arguably one of the most challenging types of photography out there. Everything in the photo is a decision. Every piece is perfectly placed by the photographer. Starting out is frustrating, but we’re all at different stages of our food photography journey. Moreover, we’ve all had amazing advice from people who’ve walked the walk before us. What I love the most about the food photography community, is how generous the creative community are with their support for one another’s journey.
So, how do you improve your food photography? let’s get started with the basics! You work on the story. This post will tell you on how to improve your food photography stories.
Choose Your Angle
There are limited angles of food photography that you can choose, but it is best if you think of it beforehand. Place the camera where you think best highlights these qualities. Some dishes look great when you shoot from right in front of the food, and others are best suited when the you are looking down from directly above the table.
Create Angles with Heights
Experimenting with different heights also gives you a new angle to food photography. Use a cutting board to raise up some of your scene. Place something on a cake stand or use glasses in different heights.
Play with Spaces
When shooting from the front of the food try to keep a great foreground and background to play with. Use these empty spaces to tell more of a story. Surround your main dish with ingredients and props that relate to the food. Ingredients, sauces, oils, and cooking utensils could indicate how the dish was made.
The best tip I have ever received is to use a tripod. That changed the way I shot!
Learn the Technicalities of Food Photography
One of the main element in food photography, is a skill that will allow you to capture a combination of different moments with very different styles. Learn the dance and let that be your guide to telling stories through sharpness, focus and of course exposure. Experiment with shutter fields and the depth of field. Learning to shoot in portrait mode is also a tip that is soughed after by many photographers.
Absorb Beautiful Imagery
Continually look at good food photography. 10-15 minutes a day spent absorbing beautiful images from blogs and searching on Pinterest really refreshes my creativity and inspires me to create through my own lens. It also refreshes your brain and gives you many composition ideas.
Use Lights in Food Photography
Light is king, and acquiring a few tools to help you control it will bring your food photography up to the next level. Poor use of light will ruin your story and immediately turn off your audience. So making sure light doesn’t distract will help out your food photos big time. Here is a little secret, when working with natural light. I call it, blocking (sometimes also called “gobos”). Sometimes that pesky natural light will fall on your background or props, causing them to be as bright or even brighter than your subject.
When you have mastered all the above techniques, you can now go to our post for advanced food photography skills. Watch this space for more.