A Thousand Words: Hints for Taking Better Photos of Your Food

Although professional photographers have the equipment to create stunning studio images of food, there are some basic tips for everyone to try when trying to taking great food pictures. Taking great pictures is by no means “Point and Click” or just relying on the lens of your smartphone.

Food photography is so much more than pulling out your phone at the dinner table. We want all your pictures to be great ones. By following these simple helpful tips, your next Instagram post showing off that amazing Spaghetti Bolognese will garner all sorts of likes and attention.

Make sure the lighting is soft

Bright light will cause harsh shadows. A built-in flash will usually over-light your subject and create a less than appetising photo. For softer lighting, use natural light outside on an overcast day, or employ the use of a light tent or a soft light box.

Sharpness counts for everything

Your goal should be to capture the texture, subtlety and structure of the food you are shooting. In order to ensure the sharpness of your photos, make sure you know how to use your camera’s focusing features. Many cameras come with auto-focus capabilities and they can help you get a good shot. In contrast, by using your manual focus, this will help you zone in one different parts of your composition to create special pictures.

Aperture priorities

By placing your camera in aperture priority, the correct amount of light will be let in to create a great picture. The aperture work likes to the pupil of your eye. It detects light and dark and adjusts itself accordingly. Your aperture settings will become more and more important the closer you get to your subject.

It has to be stable

A moving camera causes blurry photographs. Especially close up, the smallest movements are intensified by the loss of clarity. The use of a tripod is the easiest and best way to make sure your camera is stable for these types of pictures. To help reduce movement further, use a shutter release cord or set your camera’s timer to avoid a shaking disaster.

The digital edge

Even the most experienced photographers use computer software to improve their images. There are relatively cheap photo editing packages out there to allow you to tweak colours, increase shadows, or rough up the edges of your pictures. But keep in mind, the computer will enhance good pictures, but may highlight the flaws in those that aren't quite as good.

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