Five Food Blogs To Inspire You To Take Better Photographs

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Food Photography Tips from Top Food Bloggers- Foodies100

No one expects a food blogger to take professional photos, but the competition is getting fierce. There are so many food bloggers who are also amazingly talented at taking photos, styling and editing that to stay ahead you really need to make sure that at the very least you are sharing bright, clear photos of your food creations. You may have the best recipe in the world but there is nothing more off putting than blurry, small, badly lit photos.

Not only will these five blogs, with stunning photos, inspire you to take better photographs, but luckily for us they have kindly agreed to share their top tips for taking great food photography.

Angela, a self taught cook, who blogs at Patisserie Makes Perfect, says, “photographing food can be tricky. Natural light and limited props without too much glaze/shine can help make it a lot easier. I also like to use a lot of depth of field in my pictures. Leaving some items out of focus or soft focus can really help to elevate an ordinary photo into something great.” 

saltedcaramel- Patisserie Makes Perfectphoto credit: Patisserie Makes Perfect

Using a variety of textures and backgrounds as a back drop to her stunning food, Kellie who writes at Food To Glow says to keep your subject as uncluttered as possible. If you are proud of your dish, let it speak for itself. Resist the temptation to use lots of props – multiple textiles, cutlery, text overlays, loads of crumbs and food bits – as this may detract from the food itself. If something doesn’t flatter your subject, remove it.

Also, consider the angle. As a general rule, flat (or flattish) food is best shot from overhead, while tall foods – i.e. a big stack of pancakes – are best shot from the side and at a low angle. There are always exceptions, so trust your instinct. Experiment with different angles.

Another great tip from Kellie is to move around to find the best light. Light may move while you are taking your pictures, so be prepared to move yourself and your subject to catch it. Food often looks best when shot with the light behind it; or to the side, just skimming over the subject.

Kellie- Food To Glowphoto credit: Food To Glow
 
As well as her successful food blog, Supergolden Bakes, Lucy is also a photographer and book designer. Her top tip is to study food photos! Create Pinterest boards and populate them with any great image you come across. You can use those photos for reference when you are shooting a similar dish.
Lucy also suggests growing your prop collection by picking up tableware in sales, visiting charity shops and vintage stores. Ebay and Etsy are also fantastic sources for props. When choosing props avoid anything shiny or reflective and choose smaller plates as they show off the food much better!
 
Mixed Berry Eton Mess CakePhoto Credit: Supergolden Bakes

Who better to get some tips from than Sandhya whose blog, Sandhya’s Kitchen, is an amalgamation of her obsession for food photography & styling along with cooking.
Sandhya says the use of natural light is the key, but you must also study images that inspire you. For example, what lighting technique is used? Why is the subject placed in that particular position? What is the story/ scene setting conveyed? 
Always remember food is the hero.
And Sandhya’s final but very important tip is practice, practice and practice.
 
gin & tonic- Sanhya's KitchenPhoto Credit- Sandhya’s Kitchen

As well as developing recipes Karen has a passion for photography which shines in the beautiful photos accompanying her recipes on Lavender and Lovage. Karen suggests you should always set your styling area up before you cook or bake – try to build the story beforehand with crockery and props to create the mood and atmosphere; take a few test photos to check lighting and placement of your food props, which makes it easier once you’ve cooked your dish to take professional photos that tell a story.

Lavender and LovagePhoto Credit: Lavender and Lovage

 Thank you to all the bloggers who were so generous with their food photography tips and photos.

Do you have any other tips you would like to share?

Let us know if these tips have helped and tweet us your photos. We can’t get enough of photos of food!

 

 

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

Discussion7 Comments

  1. There are some great tips there.

    I’d add that in addition to setting up your scene in advance, it’s worth checking your shots on a computer before you remove the food from the scene as you never know what you might find on closer inspection.

    Secondly, I know this is very much against the grain, but I’m a big fan of artificial light. It affords so much control, both day and night, a big plus for bloggers often working on their food at evenings and weekends.

    • Great advice, thanks Gavin. Yes nothing more frustrating than eating the food to discover afterwards you didn’t get one good shot! I have never* ever done that! *Big fat lie

      What do you recommend to use for the artificial light?

  2. Thanks for the great tips, my food pics always look like my food… home made! I feel I am getting better though thanks to lots of tips like these!

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