Along with a passion for cooking and food, and the will to taste new cuisines at different culinary venues, a food blog heavily relies on the blogger’s food photography skills. These days, every other person at a restaurant can be spotted taking a photo of their meal before they actually savor it. However, it takes a lot more than just whipping out your smartphone to be able to take food photographs that will make the reader’s mouth water.
You do not have to be a professional food photographer to be able to take attractive and tempting food photographs, you just need to know how and when to take them, using what equipment.
Plan Beforehand & Create A Unique Composition
Since you are a food blogger, you probably already plan ahead when it comes to what and where you are going to eat, rather than deciding them in the spurt of the moment. This is particularly important if you intend to take creative and thoughtful food photographs.
If you take the time to plan ahead, then you should also spend some to create a decent composition with the meal in front of you, rather than just taking photos the moment the food is served. You should try rearranging the food, the plates, the cutlery to create an ingenious and unique composition for every food photograph that you take.
Take Photos During Late Lunch
Much like the subjects of any other kind of photography, food should also be well-lit. If you opt to take food photographs during late lunch, there will be more natural light in the restaurant and there will likely be less patrons around. This way, your food photographs will not turn out dark and have an orange-like shade, which is a result of artificial light.
Adequate natural lighting can dramatically and drastically improve any photograph, including those of food. It is even better if you can manage to take most of your food photographs while seated at a table beside a window since there will be copious amounts of natural light coming in. The food you photograph will look more natural and the shadows will be cut out.
Use A DSLR Or Even A GoPro
While there should be no need to state this, you should primarily always use a compact DSLR or a point-and-shoot camera to take your food photographs. These cameras can prove to be quite useful since you will have a fair amount of control over the camera’s exposure and ISO. You will also be able to adjust the camera’s Aperture and Shutter Speed settings.
With a DSLR, you can even take the food photos in RAW format, so you will be able to adjust the color balance during postprocessing more easily, without damaging your photos. This may sound a bit unconventional, but you may even use a wearable GoPro camera to not only take food photos but even shoot videos of you enjoying your meals.
Sure, GoPro cameras are not exactly cost-effective, but neither are DSLRs. Nonetheless, you need not worry about avoiding Go Pro’s price tag, because you can use a GoPro for other purposes too, and their photo/video quality is still quite outstanding for the price.
Take Your Photos Closer To The Food
Many food photographers make the mistake of taking a majority of their food photograph from directly above the food, looking down at it. While some food photographs taken this way may look great, most of them will not. To take the best food photographs, do not hesitate from getting close to the food and taking your photos from the plate level or just a bit above it.
Last but not least, a bonus tip that could help improve your food photography is to always post process your photos. Since you are likely not taking your food photographs on film, you cannot take advantage of a dark room, but you can use a software like Adobe Lightroom to enhance your photos during postprocessing. Keep the above basic tips in mind and the readers of your food blog will surely find their mouths watering whenever they come across one of your food photographs.