How To Improve Your Food Photography
I saw results immediately. I’m not sure if it’s the way Lindsay wrote it, but it feels very personal, as if she’s guiding your hand to the perfect shot. I finished the book in a day and I refer back to it very often.
3. Upgrade. Your camera equipment
4. MY TIPS
- Buy a backup camera battery. Above all my tips, this will ease your frustration next to tip #2. Back when I took YouTube makeup videos (in my former life haha) I would get so frustrated when my battery died in the middle of shooting. And then I had to wait for it to charge, mid-tutorial. Not anymore! My battery has died in the middle of a food photography shoot quite a few times, and I just have to switch the battery in 10 seconds. You’ll also need a large memory card – I use the Transcend 32 GB Flash Memory Card which is especially useful since I started shooting in RAW.
- Shoot using natural light as often as you can. Nothing truly replaces natural light. Let me explain this a bit – don’t just go outside. Find a window in your house that allows a gorgeous set-up such as the one I showed just directly above. That is my regular set up. Walk around your house until you find a window with light that streams in beautifully.
- Take both close of photos and far away photos. This ensures that you can crop the photo to a square, for submitting to food sites, while still capturing the important parts of the shot. I usually shoot from very far back for these photos, but also closer for detailed shots for my own blog.
- A white piece of paper, or even a napkin works as a reflector. All you have to do is fold it in half and place it on the side of the photo opposite to the light – if your window is on the left, place it on the right. This will help to bounce that light onto the subject and prevent shadows and create a luminous effect. Here’s a before and after – it helps to bounce back the light and remove shadows from your photo.
- Always keep a tweezers, a few napkins, and some extra ingredients nearby. The tweezers will held with moving items, the napkins are the cleanup, and the extra ingredients are for va-va-voom. By extra ingredients, I mean if you’re using sauce, adding a bit more will help to liven up the shot if you’ve been shooting for a while and the sauce has dried up a bit. If you’re garnishing, have a few pieces of garnish on standby.
- Only shoot your best. Don’t try to shoot all 15 brownies if 5 of them look broken. Or put them in the background of the shot.
- Don’t go prop crazy. Props are great, but too many make you loose focus of the main point of view in the shot.
- Overhead shots can be near impossible – if you have to place your board on the floor and the food on it, do it! Of course, not the direct ground, but the added height works wonders.
- Just add apple (or potato, or foil…) my favourite trick for soups or dips or anything in a bowl. If you need a bowl of nuts and want them to look elevated, place an apple cut in half, round side up in the bottom of the bowl, and cover it with the recipe. This helps if you’re also making a dip, a thick soup, a bowl of chips, or anything along these lines. I used this trick here, here and here. You can also just use a smaller bowl, as long as it’s fully covered, that way you don’t waste anything. This not only helps to life the ingredients, it creates a gorgeous dome.
- Shooting with a non zoom lens such as the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens or the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 can be a little tricky, but once you learn this trick it will be so easy. Literally, ensure your subject is very low down, such as on a low bench or on the floor and you will have so much flexibility with your shot. I am a member of Pinch of Yum’s Food Blogger Pro community and I watched a video where Lindsay’s subject was very low down. It sounds simple I know, but once you try it out you will love it.
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