I don’t always promulgate myself as an expert.
Alright sometimes I do, but then I let you know it’s self-proclaimed, as opposed to be being based on education and science and….stuff.
My literally swagger astounds even me these days.
Equally as frightening is my comfort level, or lack thereof, for fancy pants food photography.
DSLR this, shutter speed that, one $2,000 lens, and you’re officially on your way. Plus two cameras, ten food prop bowls, three tablecloths laced with a partridge in a pear tree and one light room later…unless of course you suddenly need a spoon. Then you’re screwed or you use your fingers if you’re not above that sort of thing.
Me, I like to get dirty. Sometimes, if I’m feeling really frisky, I lick the edges of the bowl when a bit of soup sloshes over. It might not be the most poetic solution, but it sure is effective; tasty too.
I will be the first person to tell you elaborate food set ups, with professional cameras, can lend themselves to beautiful photography. The same can be said for an iPhone too. It’s what I use for all of my pictures, mainly because it’s more fitting with my pay grade and mental capacity, with emphasis on the latter.
Since we can’t all be experts, I thought it’d be fun to share my ten super simple tips for food photography; the ones which don’t require a strain on your brain or a dent in your wallet.
Ten Super Simple Tips for Food Photography
- Embrace what you like. Food photography is subjective, so do you. Take lots of pictures from lots of angles, and then pick the one which speaks to you. This sandwich sings to me. That could also be the cheese.
- Use natural light whenever possible. I take 95% of my photos in our backyard, and the brick backdrop you see in all my pictures; yeah, that’s our actual house.
- Square and rectangular plates rock for circle foods because circles get lost when placed in other circles; kind of like this sentence. Put them on a square and make them pop.
- Stacking. Even the most delicious of creations can look super sad when strewn across a plate. Stack them up high, and you’re in business. Place parchment paper between them for extra substance.
- Cut a piece out. Whether it be cake, pizza, brownies or a loaf of bread, take a slice out. It brings depth to the object of your affection.
- If you burn it, it’s simply boring visually or downright ugly, you can cover it. It’s almost always tastier too.
- Add ingredients to the pictures so people know what’s in it just by looking at it.
- Spice it up with your serving vehicle of choice or your food props, like a festive spoon or a colorful napkin. White is nice, color is living.
- Action shots are hot. Enough said.
- PicMonkey is your friend, and it’s also free, user friendly and hella intuitive. I use it for all my photo editing needs from sharpening the picture to honing the colors, creating collages and adding text.
Is anyone else hungry now, or is that just me?
What are you favorite food photography tips?