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.”
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.
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.
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?
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