Food Photography Tips for Beginners


The first step when trying to attempt food photography is the background.

The photography area should be big enough to accommodate the main table that the food items, the much-needed lighting, and accessories will be placed on, and perhaps an excellent plain background. A second surface or table will be handy for assembling and prepping the food items. If needed, cooking can be done on the following table, with a portable burner, but a separate kitchen area for washing and cooking is ideal.

Having the right tools to make the food is important, and everything that would be found in a professional working kitchen should be available. A food stylist naturally brings most food appliances needed to prepare the meal. It’s also necessary to have ample supplies and foodstuffs to complete the photography. For example, if the image requires fresh cabbages, then a good selection is needed to find the fresh yellow-green ones. This also applies to a ready off-site product, such as pies, bread, or any ready-to-eat stuff. Photograph the one that describes the meal at its best.

The aim should be to make the food look as appealing and fresh as you can. First, the best method is to use a “stand-in” representation that approximates the item to be clicked. This is because many foods, after being served, will settle, drip, or just stop looking as good as they could. 

With the proper stand-in on the set, You can make decisions as to the best camera height and angle, which props detract or add from the shot, and if the lighting is intensifying the subject correctly. The test shots can be discussed, scrutinized, and altered as required. Then the “hero” food item – the one that you will actually photograph – is brought in. The photographer can now focus on taking the pictures quickly and perhaps with variations of lighting effects and angles.

The lighting will contribute significantly to the mood, and therefore appeal, of the food. Clicking in the studio will give a bright, professional look because it offers the most authority over the environment from a lighting standpoint. That’s not to say that you can’t get magnificent results on-location, but it does require more work to control the kitchen. Most expert photographers will use different off-camera flash units, sometimes with diffusion between the subject and the flash head.

Conventional lighting can install shadows to give the image dimension. Some foods benefit from glistening highlights, making them look juicy and juicy, which is achieved with well-defined light placement. A bright background can give a “shining morning” feel, while dim illumination may best characterize an intimate dining picture.

After the first click, the rest of the food shoot usually becomes the most prolific portion, as everyone falls into the workflow. Having a blend of food items and products to choose from, a lighting style matching the image’s use, and an experienced team to keep the photos moving forward is the key to a thriving food photography assignment.

Here are a few additional Food Photography tips:

  1. Click photos under natural light if the kitchen or the studio receives enough sunlight. Else, you can go for artificial lights. 
  2. Click photos from multiple angles in order to find the best one for your needs.
  3. Always use fresh fruits and vegetables since they attract the viewers’ attention on a massive scale.
  4. Experiment with different heights.
  5. Colour is most important in food photography. A yellow tomato or a brown banana will repel your viewers. 

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