Anyone can take a food photo (and if you take one look at Instagram, it seems like everyone has).
But if you’re looking to elevate your photos from the decent to the professional level, here are our top three bits of advice.
First and foremost, you’ll want to decide on what you’re working with. While many smartphone varieties have cameras capable of taking good photos, a professional or even a regular point-and-shoot with a good lens can take your photos to the next level.
A fixed lens like a Nikon 35mm f1.8, for example, offers a wide aperture that lends more control over the depth of field and leads to sharper photos.
The next thing to consider is lighting. No matter the camera, natural light makes for the best photos. Adding in a couple of deflectors and diffusers will give you more control over light and show, going a long way to making your food pics look fantastic.
If natural light is not an option, you can play around with professional lighting equipment. Just don’t ever, EVER rely on ordinary lamps or your camera’s flash.
When composting your food photo, consider layout, colours, and how dynamic you want your shot to look.
- Layout: play around with placing your dishes in structured patterns or random layouts and make sure to incorporate negative space so the ‘subjects’ have some breathing room.
- Colour: shooting a monochrome composition or with colours next to each other on the colour wheel will make for a simple, more professional look. To make your photo pop, though, you’ll want to use colours on opposite ends of the wheel (but be mindful of colour clashes).
- Dynamism: to spice up your pic further, you could ask people to hold up the food, scatter some grains or herbs in a top-down shot, or even just cut into a food.
And most importantly, practice, practice, practice.
We didn’t become the leading food photographers in Sydney without consistently honing our skills. So go get your camera and start shooting.