Insider Tips to Taking Amazing Food Photos

  • By The Chew Crew
These days, you can’t go online without seeing pictures of delicious food.  So if you want to impress your friends and learn how to photograph your food like a pro, you’re in luck!  Professional food photographer Andrew Scrivani is sharing all his insider tips.

Styling

To make you photo look professional you want to consider how it’s styled.  Pick dishes that will enhance the food and let it pop.  With soup that was photographed today Andrew used a white bowl to showcase the bright color of the food.

Also, make sure that your utensils are the right size.  They shouldn’t be the focus, the food should.

Finally, consider the other props in the picture.  Don’t be afraid to include props – think about what you’d want to eat or drink with the food and include that in the picture.

Angles

Shooting overhead does not give always give good, like cookies pulled right out of the oven, dimension they might need.  Instead, try shooting from the side and at an angle to give the food height and dimension and added a dusting of sugar for contrast.

In general, if food is laying flat, shooting from overhead is not a bad idea especially if there is no dimension from the side.  However, if you shoot from slightly higher angle or stack your food, you can create the illusion of height.

Make sure the food as a focal point which will give the viewer something specifically to specifically look at.  The food should also fill the frame.

Lighting

Most of us think that when we’re in a dim restaurant we should turn out flash on.  However, this is a bad idea.  In fact, it’s the number one thing people do wrong.  This flattens out the picture and blows out the environment.

People love taking pictures when they’re out to dinner or at a restaurant, and usually the lighting isn’t the best.  If you’re one of those people try sitting near the front of the restaurant or near a window.

If it’s dark enough that you need the flash, chances are there’s a candle nearby.  Move the candle closer to the food and use a menu as a bounce card to create more light.


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