When you ask yourself why you take pictures of food, perhaps it’s because you love the unexpected. Maybe you’re drawn to the rush of discovering new places. It can even be as simple as just loving great food. Honestly, no matter your drive, coming home with a phone full of images is part of the fun too — So here’s a few food photography tips for beginners that will elevate your photos from good to great and capture the tiny details you wouldn’t be able to otherwise.
Food Photography Tip #1 - Find Good Light.
Great natural light can make or break an image. Finding quality light sources not only elevates the quality of your food photos but is also a fun way to interact with your setting and capture stellar colors that will push your photo from looking like everyone else’s to popping with top quality.
Food Photography Tip #2 - Snap Candid Photographs.
Real moments deliver amazing photos and will draw in your viewers on social media, evoking a sense of place and purpose. Food, travel and vacation photos are no exception to the three rules of great candid photographs — Lighting, composition and connection.
Food Photography Tip #3 - Talk to Staff.
A brief interaction with staff will give you great insight into the most photographic dishes, drinks and spots in the restaurant (Don’t be afraid to ask your server, the chef, bartenders and even the hosts). Knowing these details are inherently useful and incredibly handy for appropriately representing a restaurant. You’ll go from just another food blogger to being an active participant who’s invested in the spot you’re visiting — Fostering a deeper connection to the food and visit.