Whether you’re trying to capture the plentiful decadence of a Thanksgiving feast or the freshly grilled delights at a family barbecue, taking flattering pictures of your food can require a little bit of forethought and preparation. With these simple tips, you can start capturing each and every delicious meal in photos!
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Take advantage of natural light.
When taking photos of food (and most other subjects), use natural lighting for the best effect. Indirect sunlight filtering through a window provides the perfect warmth and ambiance to bring out those lively colors, the perfect sear or the richness of a sauce. If you’re shooting outside—such as at a family reunion or backyard BBQ—try to take your pictures in a shaded area out of direct sun. This will help you avoid harsh shadows and hotspots in your photos.
Shoot while it’s fresh.
Food is at its best and most appetizing when it’s photographed straight out of the oven or off the grill. Take your pictures while the food is still steamy, before it has a chance to wilt or dry out. Capture cold or frozen foods before they melt to ensure your photos are flattering.
Perspective is key.
Shooting food photos from directly above can work in some cases, but generally your photos will shine best if you shoot down low, a little higher than plate level. This perspective shows every element of your dish and works especially well if you want to show off pretty cookware.
If your camera has a macro focus setting or lens, experiment with it when shooting food photos. By focusing in on parts the dish, you can highlight scrumptious details. Plus, since macro leaves some of the picture out of focus, this can be a great way to hide unsightly paper plates and plastic utensils.
These tips will take your food photos from bland to positively mouth-watering! Once the feast is over, upload your delicious shots to Shutterfly and you can transform these beautiful photos into a custom family recipe photo book and be able to hand down these special recipes for generations to come. Maybe you don’t have enough photos for a whole book, but you can design a wall calendar for the kitchen with your photos of the delicious dishes to remind you to always cook your best! Do more with your photos at Shutterfly!