Simple Ways to Improve Your Food Photography
We’ve all been to restaurants where seemingly everyone is taking pictures of their food, rather than eating it. These photos are then shared across various social media channels at all hours of the day, making food photos massively popular. Don’t believe us? At the time this post was written, there were a whopping 279,171,284 posts on Instagram with the hashtag #food.
Whether you are seeking out food pics as a blogger or you just like to enjoy your favorite culinary staples, people like to engage in food photography across the spectrum. And even if you haven’t considered yourself to be a food photographer before, there are easy ways to improve the pictures that you take so you can remember and share your best meals.
1. Choose the Best Angle
Instead of taking a photo of your food as it is served directly in front of you, consider choosing a unique angle. The top professional food bloggers in the industry all share one cutting edge technique in common: taking shots from entirely unique angles. If you’ve viewing a cupcake from its side, you will be confronted by its shapeliness, circular form, and height. If you shoot the cupcake from a bird’s eye view, it will just look like a colorful, frosted circle. Make sure your angle relates to the type of story you want to tell.
2. Pay Attention to Lines
Oftentimes, taking shots of food can pose a problem: how to frame the subject to pique a viewer’s attention. For example, if you are shooting a batch of freshly baked cookies, the group of them may not harmonize in a photographic or aesthetic way. This is where a little creativity in creating lines comes into play. Lines are a photographer’s best friends. Creating lines by incorporating props, like knives or spatulas, or ingredients, like a measuring cup full of flour or a spice jar, will direct the viewer’s eye to your main subject.
3. Be Aware of Too Much Color
You can usually tell an amateur photographer from an experienced one by how they employ color in their shots. Experienced photographers know that too much color will distract your viewer from the main subject at hand. While adding culinary props to your photos will make them appear more relevant, you don’t want to takeaway from the food in focus. You might choose to shoot food in an outdoor setting, zoning in on the fresh and natural ingredients that are enjoyed in a rustic environment. Selecting a neutral background will allow the food to really pop—especially if you are shooting food with bland colors, like croissants or fresh bread.
By considering the angle, lines and color scheme of your food photos, you can significantly enhance your shots and take them from amateur to expert in the nick of time.
Written by Jackie Edwards, Freelance Writer