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5 Must-follow Food Photography Tips

By Admin Posted in Blog

5 Must-follow Food Photography Tips

If I say photography is and art, how can you give a name called ‘food photography’? Well, There is much more than you think.

If you are professional photographer you probably know these tricks or already practicing these tricks to click awesome photographs for sure.

But if you are just like any other guy looking for some cool tricks to capture food for advertising purposes, then this article is definitely for you.

1. Use of a Light Box

Backlight or the lighting on the dish is a key element to emphasize the texture, freshness and the appetizing look. Light box is the best solution capture those details.

If you are not a professional and can’t afford a light box, then make one yourself. What you need is a cardboard box, white cloth, and 2 table laps with cool light. In 3 easy steps, you will have the perfect light board.

Step 1

Create a frame by cutting windows into the sides and top of a cardboard box

Step 2

Cover each opening with white fabric or tissue paper

Step 3

Fit a gently bent portion of white poster board inside the box to create a blank background, and cover the outside of each fabric-covered opening with black poster board to block light as needed.

2. Simple Setups

When shooting a food photo, the background is very important. Surrounding the dish with cooking utensils, Ingredients, sauces etc. could indicate how the dish was made. But sometime those elements we use to complement the dish, brings a cluttered or messy look to the entire picture and the viewer’s attention will be drawn away from the food.

It’s important to have simple background that limits the noise to emphasize the dish. A simple background doesn’t mean that it has to be completely plain, but it should complement the subject rather than suppress it.

3. Background

There are 3 main type of backgrounds you can use and look really well in a photograph.

  • Light backgrounds
  • Dark backgrounds
  • Wooden (brown) backgrounds

Wooden backgrounds, such as tables and chopping boards, tend to look great with almost any kind of food. Dark food usually looks good on a dark background but there should be one element to differentiate the background with the dish. And the light colored food looks good on a light background and as mentioned above the food can be place in a dark color platter for better contrast.

4. Don’t Cook it Completely

You must have seen it when you cook your own meal at home, that the food looks delicious while it’s still cooking than when they are on the table. Though the meat and vegetables are fully cooked, they still keep cooking after you remove them from the heat. This is the reason why it looks pale, wrinkled and sometimes dry. To keep the plumpness and juiciness remove them from the cooker or oven a bit early when doing a photoshoot.

5. Keep it Clean

The plate, the bowl or the props holding the food must be absolutely clean and flaw free. When doing a photoshoot, the camera needs to capture every little detail of the elements of the dish which requires a close up shoot. You definitely do not want to highlight any imperfections which would make the dish look messy or incomplete.

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