If there's one golden rule that we all have to remember when it comes to taking photos is knowing our cameras. It doesn't matter if you're using a point and shoot camera, a bridge camera (point and shoot with manual settings) or a DSLR with a good lens, if you don't know how to use your tools properly then the plating, lighting and presentation of the food would not matter at all because at the end of the day we wouldn't be able to capture the food in a manner that would make it look really delicious and appetizing.
Now that we know our cameras a little better, let's talk about enhancing your food photos. When dining out at a restaurant we can easily take photos of the food because they are all plated and presented well. How about if you're at home and you want to take a photo of your food so that you could post it on your blog or website?
The answer to the dilemma is enhancing your photos. Oh, no, we're not talking about taking your photo to your favorite editing software and edit it to your heart's content. Here are a few tips that you can follow to make sure that you get the best photo of what ever it is that you have prepared.
Presentation. To enhance your food photos you must present your food in a manner that would appeal to your viewers and readers. The basics of presentation would be, color, height and texture. For color, if you have ingredients in your food with multiple colors try grouping or arranging them in a sense that they would compliment each other instead of clashing with one another. Height, try to give your food some height, stick something edible on your rice vertically to draw the eyes of your viewers to other parts of your photo. Give your food some texture by arranging elements that have the same texture on one side and then another texture on the other side - give it contrast.
Once that you have these elements on your plate, enhance what you have by let's say brushing some olive oil on your fried food to make it glisten a little more. Let's talk more about how to enhance your presentation next week!