A quick guide to food photography otherwise known as #foodporn
Natural light is key. Using flash can overpower the shot, cast shadows in unnecessary places, plus alter how the colors appear- so use that as a last resort
My favorite source of natural lighting comes from the window (you can check out my post on lighting under the lessons tab for more details)
If you are indoors and the room is dark with hints of lighting, it’s ok. It’s still unnecessary to use flash if you utilize any of these sources of light that are coming your way. For instance, a candle gives off soft graceful lighting which can add a unique touch and help with the mood of a photo. So, before you whip out the flash, first look around and see if there are any traces of lighting that you can take advantage of. Check out this random example below:
Use a simple background to keep the focus on the food. If there is too much to look at the point of interest will lose its purpose. Trust me I know from experience! Having a single focus point rather than what appears like “clutter” can also create a more professional look. You can see in the photo below my vibrant pants and socks take your eye away from the dish
Try a filter ~ If the image didn’t come out exactly as you hoped, there’s a good chance adding a filter will either enhance the colors or fade them out. However, keep in mind over editing is a thing and can ruin the photo which causes the food to look potentially fake and unappetizing. Less is more- don’t overdo it with the filter!
Composition ~ Direct the viewer towards the best part of the subject. You can do this by messing around with the angle through different perspectives. Before snapping your shot really pay attention to the framing and think: is this the look I’m going for?
Macro it up! Sometimes you just can’t get that yummy goodness out of food porn photography unless it’s a close-up shot
In other circumstances, you may want to hold your phone away from the food and pay attention to the framing which will balance out the photo. It all depends on your style and preference