We are on week 3 of my photography lessons, since we are still on shut down status here in Augusta, Georgia due to the Pandemic of the Corona Virus. So, for todays lesson, Mary Beth’s Photography will be helping you learn how to photograph food. As a newborn photographer it has been fun to try new types of photography! It helps with my creativity and increases my education of different types of photography. Food photography is really fun and easy to do! We used my iPhone camera ( I have an iPhone XR), but you can use your DSLR camera too. The best angle I have found for food photography is from up above. I created a YouTube video for you to see how to create these portraits in this blog. Here are some tips for you take your own food photography! ❤️
https://youtu.be/7jDIU6Ud7Vc– Food Photography Video
1- Shooting In Natural Light
Shooting using natural light, whether indoors or outdoors is best for Food Photography . Overcast days are great, because clouds act like a giant diffuser, creating a soft light with more subtle shadows.
They can make or break an image. You should try and avoid harsh shadows. Soft shadows are more flattering, creating sublet depth. If you have harsh shadows indoors, you can use a sheer curtain to help diffuse the light or move the food farther away.
3- Use A Neutral Background
Your background is super important. Some of the best backgrounds are light colored backgrounds , dark backgrounds or wooden backgrounds. Dark foods look great on dark backgrounds and light foods look good on light backgrounds. Other things you can use are tea towels, tablecloths, placements and decorative cloth napkins.
Above is the best choice for taking food photography portraits. It allows you to see details in the food and background.
5- Arrange Your Food Neatly
Making sure your food is arranged neatly and looks appealing is a big part of food photography. Wipe the edges of the bowls or plates to keep them neat and tidy.
6- Decorate Around Your Food
Include some of the dry ingredients around your set up of your food. Fill the image with a spoon with spices, cutlery or cooking utensils. This makes the portrait more interesting and enticing.
7- Using Your Camera Editing
On your phone you have picture editing and it has some very powerful features to help enhance your portraits. In my video, I show you how to use the different editing buttons to make the best food photography images.