Great food pictures don’t just happen. Every great shot has some level of planning behind it.
Start with lighting. Natural light helps to keep the food looking much more fresh and natural. For beautiful salivating food photography, you don’t need a lot of lighting equipment. To create a shot that will make your audience’s stomach start to rumble you only need one diffused light source. Using only one light source will create a natural look.
Choose the best looking pieces of food to photograph. Just as with people, the subject needs to be attractive as possible in the photo. The images need to be able to capture and emanate taste, smell and touch.
A good looking dish is a great photography subject. But let’s face it, we all have our better side. Try different angles – left, right, top, and bottom. Close ups are always great for food photography. Also try taking the photo from above. Keep snapping them so you have shots from all angles and choose the best one.
Set up some interesting shots by using ingredients as props. Use the ingredients that were used in the dish. This will add a whole other story to your photograph without adding clutter. Keep it simple and relevant.
Pay attention to what you can see in the image as you photograph. You don’t want to get too close to the dish that you can’t tell what the food is, but you don’t want a lot of negative space. Fill the entire frame. You may want to frame your food slightly of centre, but this should be an artistic choice not an accident.
Garnishes not only add colour, they also make food a lot more inviting. Adding a garnish to any dish is a way to add lingering to the image. A garnish adds subtle hints or highlights, rather than overt colour or pizzazz.
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