Food Photography

How to Photograph food

Where ever your look you will almost always experience food photography. We are swimming in a sea of food photography. Open a magazine or newspaper and it will be there squeezing its mouth watering images out at you and encouraging your taste buds to take action.

Food and beverage phoptography

Food and beverage photography

Author: Betty Jones

Where ever your look you will almost always experience food photography. We are swimming in a sea of food photography. Open a magazine or newspaper and it will be there squeezing its mouth watering images out at you and encouraging your taste buds to take action.

When you see some of the professional pictures of food you may think you may never be able to take such effective pictures but you can surprise yourself. Much of even the great food photography is about techniques, tips and tricks.

Light is the King when it comes to photography. When you get it right you get results that baffle the people and when you mess it up, well… we have all seen the results. Like any other form of still photography, taking the time to get the lighting right will pay huge dividends.

Using natural light from a window can be perfect for food photos because it gives food that natural look. Support this with bounced flashlight and you can get a simple yet perfect result.

If you have to take a lot of food pictures then invest in buying or making a light box or tent. This is simply an enclosed area that is lit externally through diffused walls in the tent/box.

Slow shutter speed is king (imperative) for food picture taking to capture the depth of the image. Make sure your camera is well mounted on a strong tripod and of course you should be using a shutter release cable to stop any camera movement resulting in blurring.

Use the right props with your pictures and they will bring your photos alive. We eat food literally with our eyes first so feed the eyes with lots of variety and colour.

It’s best not to skimp on your equipment if you want to achieve exceptional food photography. Having a top quality SLR camera with a good lens will make all the difference. You must have full control over all the settings – shutter speed – aperture setting – zoom – to be able to create top shots. Taking your time and planning your lighting angles will also pay massive dividends.

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