5 Easy Tips To Make Your Food Photography Looks Like A Pro
Practical Tips From a Professional Food Photographer
You’ve got the camera, the natural light settings like those food blogger share in Youtube or you might even invest in a studio lights, and you’re so ready to take that snap and make an awesome food photography like those cool pin on pinterest, only to be frustrated by the result.
Somehow your photo comes out looking like a rookie, and far from professional looking. And (if you were like me) you will try to study the difference and compare your photos to images on Pinterest, to figure out whats wrong.
Well.. I have a confession … once upon a time that was me.
Few years back, food photography was like a big mystery for me, until I finally do a lot of trial and error, educate myself with online resource and attending various food photography workshop.
At some point I even attend a food photography workshop that teached photography using natural light and a table lamp (true story … it was hosted by a famous photographer, my friend was raving about it and we ended up spending 3 hours taking photos of dumplings and finally decided it’s just not a good idea to use a table lamp).
As a creative director, I also get to work with the best food photographer and food stylist in the industry before I can even practice my own professional food photography.
I even do free food photography in the beginning for a longtime client, before I can finally do food photography professionally ( a.k.a get paid ). It was a long way but I am glad.
Making your food photography looking like a pro might be easier than you think, if only you know where to look.
So I compile this 5 easy tips for you:
1. Use "Rule of third" for a more interesting photo composition
Rule of third is basically diving your photo composition in 3 parts horizontal and 3 parts vertical with an imaginary lines. The point where the lines meets would be the strong vocal points, so just make sure to position your main object on one of those dots, or along the one of the lines.
2. Remove Distortion
Simple rules for a pro looking images, if you have any horizontal or vertical lines, make sure it is straight and not tilt. Pay attention to any lines at the background, adjust your camera position if needed, before you take any shot.
3. White is white
Another thing that professional food photographer pays attention is white balance. Making sure the parts that supposed to be white, stays white. for eg: if the plate is white, then make sure it looks white instead of slightly bluish or yellowish. And whites also naturally helps any food / ingredients looks more standout.
4. Use diffused lighting
Professional food photographer usually use a soft box since a soft diffused light and shadow usually works well with food photography ( and no … table lamp do not works well with food photography)
If you don't have a professional lighting set, you can just use natural light instead, find a big window, diffuse your light using a thin curtain, and get a big styrofoam from your local supply store to helps bounce light, then you’re good to go.
5. Shows the details
Professional food photographer always pay attention to the food's details. Ask yourself, what is the most appealing part about this food that you are trying to capture?
Is it the perfect layer of croissant or maybe the generous chocolate fillings? And then accentuate that details.
For example in this image for Chloute (@Chloutelife), I would like to show the layers of croissant and the generous Nutella filling that makes you want to lick this photo off the screen.
I strategically placed a Nutella jar at the background and a chocolate chunk at the side, to make your brain register all the excess chocolate and sugars ( human brain are naturally incline to crave sweets ).
Your mind will automatically lust over this croissant. That is simply how foodporn works.
Oh … if you’re interested in learning more about foodporn, I am currently preparing an up coming foodporn ecouse, which is basically all you need to know about creating a good foodporn and hacking human mind to lust over a food photo and more ( I have a lot to share and I want to make sure that the content is really worthed and not boring :D).
You can subscribe down here and once the ecourse is launced, subscribers will get a special notification + discount coupon valid for subscribers only ( you don’t want to miss this).