One of the things that make the best cookbooks are mouthwatering pictures. This extends over every media that has to do with food, whether on the internet or printed publications. The only next best thing to eating food is taking photos of it, and whether you are doing it for professional purposes or not, we say you should strive for perfection!
The perfect food photo makes you hungry and yearning for you to get a hand on it or try to make it yourself. However, taking shots requires excellent skill and carefulness.
Many publications teach photography, but this guide will be an abridged one that will include just the right tips to help your next food photography venture.
When preparing food for photography, you should pay more attention to how it looks rather than how delicious it is. This is particularly important when the food is solely for a photoshoot.
To achieve the best look for your food, you must make the plate "full-bodied." This means that you have to take the shots when the food is at its best.
If the food is not made of particularly big ingredients, place it on a stand, try arranging its different constituents to make a noticeable body, or arrange it over another food so that it is pleasing to the eye.
Experts strongly advise that for baked sweets, taking shots while they are steaming hot is the best option as they tend to lose their puffed texture in the cool air.
Final reminder: full-bodied does not mean the same thing as making the food big. Instead of size, it focuses on arranging the food in strategic positions that make it look inviting.
Regardless of the subject, colors are essential in photography. For food photography, a unique mix of garnishes works wonders. It is best advised that you choose garnishes that contrast the tones of the dish.
Knowledge of the color wheel, which colors contrast well, and which colors complement it well, can serve you very well in food photography.
These focus on the things in the food as well as those that are surrounding it. You can tell a story about the food's history or origin through the proper styling and table setting, so pay attention to it.
Essential questions to ask yourself while laying out a plan for the table setting should be about the colors of the surroundings and how they contrast with the food, the cutler is, tablecloth, and many more others.
When taking food photos, the food should never stand alone but be surrounded by preferably important ingredients and tools you used to prepare it.
By maneuvering these tools' positions, you can tell a story or give a feeling of class, romance – whatever you want it to be!
Lighting has a significant effect on what your food photo is going to look at when it's finished. You should strive for the best lighting quality you can get, and since food photos typically require portable settings, you have a significant amount of control over the lighting.
The best source of lighting for food photography is one cast by a natural source. The soft, dispersed light typically cast by natural window lighting that casts very soft shadows works beautifully with a lot of food photographs.
If the weather doesn't work right for you, then you will have to manipulate the tools of artificial lighting.
There are two major ways of taking shots of food. It could be from directly above the photo or choosing an angle from the side so that the background comes into focus.
The first method is used when you need to focus more on the details of the food itself rather than making it tell a story or pass a message to viewers.
So, to choose which is perfect for you, determine the significant purpose of the picture.
On a final note, we recommend that you print out your food pictures! This adds more texture, originality and is, of course, perfect for safekeeping.
We hope you found this guide helpful!