5 Tips to Elevate Your Food Photography Skills

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Food photography as of last is becoming a fast growing market with more restaurants opening every day and existing ones requiring photos for their social media pages. So here are 5 quick fire tips to improve your food photography.


1) Shoot as soon as the dish is ready

In food photography, the dishes are specially prepared and specific ingredients are used to enhance the colors and aesthetic value of the dish. So it’s very important to shoot it as soon as possible. There is a high chance of food becoming stale and losing its freshness. So keep your set up ready and shoot as soon as the dish arrives.


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2) Lighting is everything

In general, lighting is very important in any form of photography. When it comes to food, it’s not about lighting the dish well, but lighting the dish in the right way. The lighting has to enhance the overall look of the dish. Shadows are very important in food photography because it gives that depth for the dish. So play around with back lighting the food and have a reflector in the front to begin with. Back lighting also helps when the food is steaming to capture the steam.
Move the lighting as and when required. But always make sure that the dish doesn’t look flat or less appealing to the audience. Because, we eat the food with our eyes first. ☺

Tip – try to use natural light if available. It’s the best source of light.



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3) Include Props

Including props is very important as it gives the dish an overall picture. You can choose the props based on the dish. An easy way to do this is to get the raw materials used to make the dish and arrange it around the plate.


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4) Keep the plates clean

It is very important to keep the plate and the overall frame neat and clean. Because a messy frame will take the attention away from the main dish. Look out for disturbing elements and clear them. Focus on what is required and sort the cluttered background.

Source - Giorgio Zamboni

Source – Giorgio Zamboni


5) Add a bit of oil

Adding a bit of oil keeps the food fresh for longer time and it also gives that extra shine to the dish, which makes a good photograph. When properly lit, the oil gives nice subtle highlights on the food, which looks really good.


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