How To Improve Your Food Photography
Todays blog post has a quick fire video to go along with it. I have been meaning to create a how to improve your food photography video for so long and never got around to it....so here it is. It's something that so many people ask me about and I thought that a video would make more sense than just me rambling in a blog!
Being a photographer doesn't stop at knowing how to operate a camera. It's all about styling and that goes for food photoshoots as well as my fashion images. Food and lifestyle photography are a passion of mine and I love to create really healthy recipes for my readers. I'm always asked what I eat, how I keep my skin looking so good and how others can benefit from learning my little lifestyle hacks.
Food plays a huge part in looking your best, so combining my food photography tips and love for self care means I get to shoot inspiring images for recipe articles! And you can also pick up a few tips to help your Instagram images look really amazing!
I have a few tips and tricks I always use when doing food photography but there are some essentials that I have mentioned in the video. Make sure you head over and have a look at the short video. We might have left in a few funny bloopers at the end for good measure!
The main tip I can honestly give you is to tell a story with your food images. Even if you are out in a cafe and want to take a memorable picture of that delicious coffee you always love to have on a chilled Sunday morning, always bring more into the frame. I see so may people take out their iPhones and move things out of the way on the table and just focus on just one thing. This will be the most boring image ever seen! You need the get the brain working on overtime and let your mind fill in the gaps. Add that (clean) napkin, a spoon, the flowers on the table and even a handbag. Create a mini lifestyle image in one snap!
When I'm doing food photography for my clients I normally use natural light but sometimes it's hard as we live in England after all! I have multiple professional natural lighting tools and soft boxes to enhance my images but these are rather costly for the everyday person. So find a good source of light and try out different angles. Back lighting in golden hour can create some incredible shots but you have to play about.
One huge tip is to TURN OFF that FLASH! Food looks atrocious when using a flash. So turn it off at all costs. Yes you heard me, you foodie in the restaurant that loves posting all your food images to Facebook. They look terrible and if you can't find anywhere that has good lighting....don't take it!
Invest in some quirky cutlery. I'm always hunting in vintage markets, second hand shops and thrift stores for unusual items to use for my photoshoots. If you happen to find old spoons, knifes and forks that are tarnished then you my friend have struck food photography gold. They look insane in images. Rustic utensils are like like gold dust to us photographers! So don't be tempted to get out the polish, put it way and embrace the old tired and unloved treasures.
How To Improve Your Food Photography Guide
- Always buy more produce to set the scene.
- Equipment is really important so invest in good natural lighting.
- Flat lay boards are the perfect way to get the look of old flooring without having mountains of wood lying about. I love Wex photography as they do loads of incredible realistic looking 60x60 inch washable boards.
- The food itself is key so get cooking in that kitchen!
- Find old and unusual cutlery as it adds interest and a rustic element.
- learn what the camera does and get used to using it on manual mode. It's really fun and you have so much more control.
- Add more into the frame to create a story.
One Pot Skinny Cauliflower Curry
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 1 small cauliflower broken into small chunks
- 2 chopped carrots
- 1 chopped potato
- 1 pot of Nush yogurt
- Fry the onions till golden brown
- break apart the cauliflower and place into the pan and fry for 2 mins
- Add the contents of the tin of tomatoes and top up the can with water. Pour half into the pan and add more when necessary.
- Add all the other ingredients and simmer for 45 mins.
- When the entire meal is cooked and ready to serve add in a pot of Nush yogurt and serve.
I hope you have loved todays blog and little video! See you again next time.