We are besieged by food photography everyday but we stop seeing it after a while. But maybe that’s why we love food – because we see it subconsciously everywhere!
When you see some of the professional photographs of food you may think that you may never be able to take such good pictures but you could surprise yourself. Much of food picture taking is about technique and tips and tricks.
Light is the King when it comes to photography. When you get it right you get the results and when you mess it up we have all seen the results. Like any other form of still photography taking the time to get the lighting right will pay huge dividends in the results.
Natural light is great for food picture taking supported by flash bounced off a nearby wall to remove strong shadows can work wonders.
If you are going to be doing a lot of food photography then think about setting yourself up a food light box to make your job simpler and quicker. This consists of a framed area covered in diffusion screens with lights behind on stands or attached to flexible tubes so you can move them easily into position. The food sits on a plain smooth single coloured background cover that is usually white so there is no background to remove with Photoshop later. Make sure the cover is easy to wipe in case of food splashes.
Slow shutter speed is what you need when you are working with food pics. Mount your camera on a sturdy tripod and remember to use a shutter release cable so you do not move the camera. The slightest movement will create horrible blurring.
The props that you use with food photography are what can bring it to life. Choose your props carefully. The props are usually what sets an amateur food photo aside from a professional food photography.
Use professional equipment when you do food photography and you will see the results. Using good quality lighting and a high quality camera are the main equipment your will need. You have to use a SLR camera with food photography if you want to get the best results. You will need to be able to zoom in and control the shutter and aperture settings to capture the full depth of the image.