Do you think you are a foodie, or you feel that you are passionate about food, and that every flavour generated that hits your tastebuds takes you flying to another universe? Okay, maybe I am over-imagining this, but do you get excited tasting food like a savoury roast or a fresh strawberry cheesecake? Sometimes, food tastes so good that you just want to take a photo of it, and share it with everyone else. I have to admit though, some photos of food look good but well, taste otherwise. It is uncommon now that food has become an object for photography. Why do people take photos of them?
For memories, to capture the essence of the food, some might even see it for bragging purposes, to post on Instagram, for the likes and the views, to increase your followers, to connect with everyone from all around the world, the reasons could be countless. Maybe you are just into photography, whether it’s using a camera or your camera phone. Food makes an excellent subject, and you can achieve some incredibly artistic results. It means more than just snapping what is on your dinner plate. Sometimes, you want to enhance your skills, go to another level of photography, and sometimes you feel appreciated when someone thinks the photos you took are nice and makes them salivate.
Good food photography could persuade a physical response. A great photo makes you hungry, makes you want to go and get it, makes you want some for yourself.
Here are some easy tips and tricks on how to get a great shot of your food, here are some:
1. Window lighting. Lighting plays an important role, so choosing the best one is important as it can make or break your photo. The best lighting to me, is the natural sunshine. Sometimes I like to cook and then take photos of my food, I’ve compared the photos taken with the lights indoors, and with the natural lighting- sunshine, near the window. I don’t need to edit or add filters. Poor lighting makes food look unappealing, unappetizing. The soft natural light will help minimize harsh shadows and give your dish a fresh, airy quality.
2. Background. There are three types of background that work really well for food: light backgrounds, dark backgrounds and wooden (brown) backgrounds. Light backgrounds usually go well with light coloured food, while dark food look good on a dark background. Wooden backgrounds such as chopping boards or tables tend to look good with almost any kind of food.
3. Angles are important. Different types of food look good from different angles. Shoot from the best angle to make the most of the subject. You could shoot from above, which is often the best choice, especially when the food is nicely arranged on a plate or bowl. This is ‘flat lay’. Pizzas tend to look better shot from above, while burgers will make someone salivate when it’s taken from the side, so you can see each layer of ingredient. Nail your shots by experimenting all the angles.
4. Add a human touch to it. Adding a hand holding the spoon or plate allows you to add a human element which is often more appealing and real to viewers. Ask a friend to help bring your food photos to life. A hand drizzling chocolate syrup onto your bowl full of strawberries or someone slicing up their sirloin steak is better than a lifeless dish sitting on a table.
5. Remove distractions. Some dishes will look even more attractive when the arrangement is clean and an uncluttered. Take some extra time when setting up your shot to remove anything distracting in the background.
6. Get creative. Have fun with your food photography by using your own creativity. Instead of shooting a finished dish, you could try capturing each ingredient, or showing a part of the cooking process. Arrange the ingredients like spices and chopped spring onions to show a pop of colour.
7. Have fun. This is pretty much the secret sauce of Instagram. Your Instagram feed will never look the way you want if you aren’t having any fun. Don’t be so hard on yourself on taking the perfect photo. Have fun!