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5 Tips to Food Photography

Author: Libby - Printique by Adorama

Written by Jerry Deutsch of Photography by Jerry
Ever wanted to know how the professionals photograph food? It’s more than just taking out your iPhone and uploading it to Instagram. It requires skill, creativity, and precision. Here is a look at 5 tips on photographing food.

1) Don’t use the on-camera flash.

Light coming straight at the food from the direction of the camera is not flattering. Place the food near a window and have the light come in from behind or to the side. Using a tripod helps tremendously.
Shadows from back side light

2) Filter the Light

The bigger the window, the better the light but, don’t use direct sunlight. Direct sunlight causes harsh shadows and high contrast.
Filter the light or use indirect sunlight. A white translucent shower curtain makes a good filter.  A white reflector card can be used to lighten the shadow side.
Soft Window Light

3) Texture

If your food has texture, show it. Light from the side and show the texture. Shadows show texture so don’t be afraid of shadows.

4) Background

Watch your background and make sure that it doesn’t take away from what you want to say in your image.
Your photo has one hero and that hero should be the food-not the props or the background.
Make the food the hero

5) Angles

If your food has height, show it. Shoot at a low camera angle. If your food is flat but graphical, shoot from above. If you can’t decide, try shooting from a diner’s point of view.
Graphical shot from above
Special thanks to guest blogger Jerry Deutsch of Photography by Jerry, LLC. He has a passion for food photography and has been doing for 3 1/2 years now.  His work caught my eye when I was looking through members’ photo books and his latest portfolio blew me away. If you would like to view more of his work you can check out his website at Photography by Jerry, LLC. Here also is a look at his mouth watering Printique Photo Book.