GUIDELINES FOR FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

“Sometimes the best option is to keep it really simple.”

 

Beautiful food photos are purely supportive and illustrative but still very important.

When you're plating food, your goal should be to make the food look attractive and appetizing. This is because people eat with their eyes first, so if the food looks good, they're more likely to enjoy it.

 

Below you can find some tips and tricks to make your dish stand out as nicely as possible.

 

LIGHT

  • Always try to shoot your food pictures in natural daylight rather than under artificial lighting.

  • The best kind of day light for food photography is soft, diffused and natural.

 

BACKGROUND

  • When shooting a food photo, the background is very important. If the background is too messy or colorful, the viewer’s attention will be drawn away from the food.

  • Using a fairly neutral background allows you to place maximum emphasis on the food in the scene. A neutral background doesn’t mean that it has to be completely plain, but it should complement the subject rather than suppress it.

  • There are three main types of background that work really well for food photography: light backgrounds, dark backgrounds, and wooden (brown) backgrounds. Wooden backgrounds, such as tables and chopping boards but also black chalkboard, a carpet or rug, tiles, baking paper, a baking tray or a newspaper tend to look great with almost any kind of food.

  • You can also use a neutral wall if you’re shooting your food from one side. Just walk around your house and see if you can find any of these objects in a subtle, neutral color.

 

ANGLES

  • If you’re unsure which angle would best capture your food, try shooting from several different perspectives.

  • When composing your food photos, consider leaving some breathing space around the plate so that it doesn’t fill the entire frame.

PLATES | BOWLS | CUTLERY

  • It’s best to avoid using patterned or brightly colored plates, dishes and cups. Simple white china is often the best option as it won’t compete for attention with the food. 

EDITING | PHOTOSHOP

  • Food comes in so many wonderful colors. Maybe you’d prefer the colors to be more vivid, or perhaps they’d look better if they appeared slightly more muted. There are multiple programs, even on your phone, to edit your pictures as you like. Don’t hesitate to use it!