The Food Photo

The Food Photo

While I’m not one to post a photo of every meal I eat – that would just be a little too excessive, wouldn’t it? – I do enjoy a good food photo every now and again. Along the way, I’ve developed a much more refined eye for taking the perfect food photo. Here are my tips:

Arrange the table. The perfect food photo will take some arranging. I’d recommend arranging things so they’re straight on the table, and if something is angled, make it purposeful. Remove any excess items from the table, like ketchup and mustard or other condiments.

Add some style. Once the table is arranged, you may find that it looks a little bare. In this case, add in some accessories, such as your sunglasses, wallet, and the like.

Take a top-down photo. To make sure you get the full table, I’d recommend standing up to capture it. No need to stand on a chair or anything like that, but getting a bit higher will help.

Find the best lighting. This goes for just about any photo, but is particularly important when trying to capture the details of a food photo. My motto is: the brighter the photo, the better. Because of this, I am constantly using the little brightness enhancer on my iPhone to get the best effect possible.

Edit!  It’s very rare that a photo is perfect in its natural state, and there’s no shame if your photo doesn’t come out quite as bright as you’d like it to be. All you need to do is drop it in an editing app – I love VSCO Cam and Snapseed.

Here are some food photos that I’ve taken over the years that encapsulate these must do’s:

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Loving these food photos? Be sure to check my These Days series, as I often post delicious eats there.

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