Foodie Friday: Food Photography Tips

by Fawn Rechkemmer on December 6, 2013

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

You don’t have to be a food blogger to post recipes on your blog. Many of us like to share our favorites every now and then, and I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to improve my food photographs.

Here are three quick, basic tips to keep in mind next time you’re getting a shot of your favorite chocolate chip cookies, or your world-famous lasagna.

Lighting

Lighting just might be the single most important factor in getting an attractive food shot.

As with most still life photography, the more light, the better.

My kitchen and dining room get a lot of natural light. I always take food photos there, and I try to do it before the sun sets. This can make it difficult to take pictures of dinner in the winter months, since it’s dark by the time I’m pulling it out of the oven.  But the quality of the photos makes it worth working around the sun’s schedule.

Cheryl Sousan of TidyMom.net uses a Neewer 5-in-1 reflector to diffuse the light when she’s taking her gorgeous food photographs. (Here are the final photographs from the shoot I linked to above. Just lovely, right?!)

Props

I visit thrift stores for plates, bowls, and cups to use in my food photography. A few weeks ago, I found a darling plate for only 10 cents and I can’t wait to get some shots with it.

Lindsay, the blogger behind Pinch of Yum, uses the simplest household items when shooting her (absolutely beautiful) food photos: a handheld mirror, a cardboard box, even battered old baking sheets. See her lists here and here.

Angle

My tendency has always been to take a photo from directly above the food I’m shooting. While that can work, there are so many other camera angles to consider.

Next time I take food photos, I’m going to try each of these 11 angles and see which I like best.

If you’d like to do more reading on this subject, here are a few links: A Beautiful Mess | BBC Good Food | Cookie & Kate | Digital Photography School | The Kitchn

Do you photograph food for your blog?

What’s your favorite food photography tip?

Who is your favorite food blogger?

PS: The image above is one I took for my Red Lobster Copycat Garlic Cheddar Biscuits.

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Shana Norris is a writer, reader, runner, coffee guzzler, and chocolate inhaler who dreams of becoming an Avett Brothers groupie. You can follow her on Twitter, Google +ShanaNorris, and Pinterest or on her blog at ShanaNorris.net.

Alison December 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

Great tips, Shana. I love Pinch Of Yum’s ideas for props, that’s where I struggle with most.

Shana Norris December 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm

It’s the area I struggle with too. I’m just not that creative!

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