How to photograph Food for beginners!

If there is one thing I’ve noticed with Food Bloggers, it’s that they have photographing their food down to a science. Below are some tips that these bloggers use in order to get fantastic pictures of their meals.

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Lighting:

You might think that you need a fancy camera in order to get great shots of your food, but these days, even a cell phone can be used to get quality images. Therefore the most important factor isn’t the camera, but lighting. If possible, use natural light. If natural light isn’t possible, then adjust your cameras settings to accommodate your light source. Most cameras have a white balance option for halogen, or fluorescent lighting.

Composition:

Composition, is simply the way your photo is going to be seen.  One way to make sure your pictures are composed properly is to follow the rule of thirds. Using the image below as a guideline, the rule of thirds states that a focal point of your image should fall either on the blue dots, or red lines.

Background:

Nobody likes a messy background in their images. It distracts from the focal point and makes one’s eyes scan across the picture aimlessly. Be sure to clear the background of any clutter, or use a solid color as your background.

Size:

When placing images on the web, most hosts will automatically reduce the size. If this does not happen, but sure to resize your image so that the viewer can see the entire image at once without having to scroll across or down the screen

Get up close or get up high:

By getting up close or up high, you can avoid unsightly shadows. This is important because the inclusion of shadows can quickly make a picture appear unprofessional. Shadows can also affect the lighting of your food.

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7 thoughts on “How to photograph Food for beginners!

  1. Suzi Satterfield

    Great suggestions for any subject! As for me and food photography, though, that’ll have to wait on one thing, first: making food that’s visually appealing. (Sure, my cooking *tastes* good, but it’s not ever something that’s pretty to look at.)

    1. khourtniey@gmail.com Post author

      It’s funny that you say that because I was going to touch on how a great photo can make even the most visually unappealing food look good!

  2. Regan

    These are great tips! I am always working on improving my photography in general and food is one of those areas.

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