When it comes to taking good photos for food there is only one thing you have to keep in mind: that when people see the image they come out and die from eating what they are seeing. This is how you know that you have managed to take a good picture: you want to lick the screen of the device where you are watching it.
If you want to drive your friends crazy on Instagram or you would love to become a professional and take the most amazing photos. The following tips can be of great help.
Recreate a photo
Surely you have seen many incredible photos, because this is your opportunity. Choose one and try to recreate it. Go to the kitchen, prepare what you need, accommodate your set and get to work. Pay attention to the style of the food, the light, the angle at which the photo was taken and the depth of field. It will probably be much more difficult than it seems, but it is worth trying as an exercise.
Acquire a book
There are many books that in addition to showing you amazing food photos, they can also give you some tips on how to do it to achieve amazing results. Some good titles are, From Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin, The Food Photography Book by Nagi Maehashi.
Practice all the time
Take many photos from all angles. Move around the food, take photos from above and below; from near and far. Play with your camera settings, change it. Remember that you can always delete the photos that do not work, so do not skimp and take lots of effort.
Upload your photos to specialized sites
If you want to give more exposure to your work you can upload your photos to Foodgawker and Tastespotting, but remember that you will have to crop your photos in square. Keep this in mind when you are making your captures.
Take care of the lighting
Never use the flash of your camera. This is true for virtually all situations, but especially if we talk about food. You can use a separate light that works well for you, some with neutral color and that you can easily address to change the intensity of the light. But if you still don’t feel ready to take this step, be sure to take photos during the day by a window. If you receive a lot of direct sunlight you can cover the window with a white sheet so that the light fades and is not so hard.
Recreate some scenery
To print your own personality to the photos, you can choose some elements or accessories that you like to work with. They may be some paper or parchment towels and cutlery, to name a few.
Create new proposals
A good idea is to be in search of new proposals. Some of the most interesting can be found in newspapers, old postcards and kitchen utensils that have interesting shapes.
Choose simple items to use
Photography food with which it is easy to work, think of bright colors and a lot of texture. Probably the dishes with which it is more difficult to work are those that have little color or are very white. If you start with an easy topic that will help you gain more confidence and you will want to take more photos.
You are taking pictures of beautiful and delicious food, there is nothing better to do. Enjoy! Make becoming a better photographer an interesting and fun trip. Keep learning and enjoy the process.
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