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09 September 2013

5 Tips for Mouth Watering Food Photography

Courtesy of Nicci Romanovsky

Apart from using digital cameras and DSLRs many of us food enthusiasts take photos of our food using our mobile devices. I've outlined some food photography basics in the hopes that my small knowledge can help you make a tempting photograph of your meals.

1. Let there be light

Just like with any subject, it is imperative for you to have good lighting when photographing your it food. Try to get your food near a window that lets natural light in, just don't forget to diffuse when there's a need to soften it. You want to lessen the harsh shadows and allow the natural texture of the food to be seen in your photos.

If you can't help but use a flash, make sure that you have a diffuser at hand. There's no need to fumble in your camera bag because all you need is a bit of tissue paper and some experimentation.

2. Look for the best piece on the plate

Try to focus on the most appetizing piece of meat on the plate. The scrumptious look of your image is enough to draw the eyes of your viewers to the rest of the image. And don't forget to take out the distractions from the background.

3. Take the shot from a different perspective

The best way to go about this is by shooting your food from three different angles, the side, above and the normal angle whilst we eat it. Keep snapping until you find the sweet spot.

4. Become a storyteller

Look for inspirations from Magazines like Yummy and look at the style of each plating. Study the colours that go well together, as well as the props and texture that makes a better image. However, avoid over-propping. Remember that when it comes to getting a story across, LESS IS MORE. 

5. Use your post-processing tool

Remember the Less is More rule, apply the same standards when it comes to editing your photos. Don't over saturate them nor make them look like plastic decorative pieces from too much shine. The point is to make them look natural and appetizing. Adjust the brightness and contrast, then add a touch of sharpening. These simple procedures may be enough to make the mouths of your audience water. 

Lastly, don't forget to use other techniques in photography like leading lines and filling the frame when composing your shot. I hope that these simple tips will encourage you to play with your food and take photos that are marvelously stunning. If you have any thoughts, please don't hesitate to share them below. Better yet, if you have any photos that are the results of the above-mentioned tips, please leave a comment in the box and help others become better mobile food photographers. Bon Appetit!

Brightest Blessings!