Whether you’re a new food blogger or you’re a seasoned pro looking to improve your photography, you’ll hopefully find this useful. We asked Becky Arber to share three quick cheats to achieving brilliant photos of food…
Unless you’re rather organised and plan your photography in advance then taking pictures of your cooking can be a complicated task. It’s dinner time, things are rushed, food is cooling down by the second, you don’t have time to get out lights, backdrops and reflectors.
If you’ve been in this scenario then I’m going to show you an amazing way to get fresh looking food, a cheats’ reflector and a backdrop to hide that messy kitchen. Ready? Here we go…
1. THE WATER SPRAYER
You see this little water sprayer here?
That’s right, the cheap one I picked up for 99p years ago. This little water sprayer comes in useful and not just for misting my kitchen plants from time to time, when they’re nearing death. This water sprayer is the trick to making fresh food look super fresh.
How? Just give it a spray – simple.
Apples, oranges, salad greens, any vegetables or fruit or flowers are so much crisper to photograph when they’ve been sprayed with a little water from a cheap and cheerful water sprayer.
2. THE DINNER PLATE REFLECTOR
No time to get out the reflector? Don’t own one?
Don’t worry – find an old, large, white dinner plate. Find your light and reflect it towards the subject of your photo.
Food photography is about subtle changes. Subtle changes make a big difference. This dinner plate reflector removes enough shadows to keep the focus on the main subject and create balance in the image. It’s cheap and it’s quick. Plus you don’t have to try and fold a huge, bouncy reflector back into a very small packet when you’ve finished.
3. THE BOOK BACKDROP
If you’re a clean and tidy cook then this cheat won’t apply to you. However if you’re like me, then when you finish cooking, it looks like a small explosion happened. Small explosions aren’t conducive for the tidy background that decent food photography requires.
The best solution? Use a cookbook as a backdrop. It hides all the mess in your kitchen and it’s relevant to what you’ve been cooking. Problem solved with the cook book backdrop.
Thanks so much to Becky for sharing her tips! What are your quick photography cheats?