Food Photography 101: How to Take Perfect Pictures of Your Food
Food photography has become one of the most important aspects of food blogging, and Instagram feeds. No matter what you're cooking, taking a picture can make all the difference to your followers and your marketing. Here are some tips on how to take perfect pictures of your food:
Simple, stylish backgrounds
Please keep it simple with styling in the background. You want to keep your focus on your food. Take close-up shots of food and include some background information to give context to what you are cooking or eating. You don't want your audience confused about where it's from.
Use natural light as much as possible.
Natural lighting makes for the best food photos. If you can, avoid using flash and use sunlight to take your pictures instead. If you are not able to use natural light, make sure the lighting is soft and even. Using harsh lights can cause shadows on your photos which will distract from what you're trying to capture in the picture.
Make sure the food is in focus.
We can all agree that blurry photos are unattractive. Crop out distractions while taking your photo. Try cutting out any unnecessary items behind/around what you're eating/cooking. This will help keep the focus entirely on the main object being photographed.
Don't forget about props.
Props are an awesome way to add personality to your photos. You can use all sorts of things like props from fresh flowers or fruit in the background to small toys/things around your house that you think will look nice with what you're eating. Try not to go overboard, though. Using too many props can make it looks cluttered and messy! Using one thing is probably best, so the focus stays on your food.
Use color schemes for more appealing pictures.
When photographing dishes, different colors add visual interest to your photos, making them much more attractive than just plain or white plates every time you cook something up. To do this correctly, choose foods that have bright colors naturally (like reds) or enhance their natural
Photography filters are okay.
There is no shame in having a filter on your picture! Food bloggers love to play around with their Instagram feeds by adding cute little apps that give their image an artistic touch or vintage feel. It's all just personal preference, so have fun with it.
With these tips, you will be taking perfect pictures of your food in no time to spice up your marketing strategies. Remember to be patient with your photography. Practice makes perfect.