Cues for Awesome Food Photography
Photographing food is not a piece of cake. Foodism shares some troubleshooting tips and tricks to help you get the knack.
Tips for taking great food photos -
- Be aware about the intensity of the light and how it hits the food, and learn to adjust accordingly
- Click pics in natural light – refrain from using overhead lights or lamps or your built-in flash
- Don’t restrict yourself to taking photographs only in your kitchen – maybe your bedroom in the noon and living room in the morning catch the light best so take your food muse there!
- Click pics from multiple angles – for instance some food items like pizza look better from the top; while some like burgers look good from the side with their fillings oozing out; or some like drinks look best at a 45-degree angle. So move around the plate/glass and take photos from various angles - you can pick your favourite later
- Focus on what is most important, but don’t zoom in so close that viewers can’t tell what the food is!
Troubleshooting common food photography issues -
- To avoid blurry photos - hold your camera steadier; or use a tripod with a remote so your camera stays completely still while you’re shooting
- If while editing your photos, your plate of food looks garishly blue, yellow, pink or green, use your software’s white balance tools to fix it!
- If your pics look very amateurish then try – using lenses that allow you to narrow the depth of field to highlight the subject of the photo; deploying photography software to tweak the contrast, levels and sharpness of the photos et al
Enjoy yourself food shutterbugs!