Take Better Food Photos
When preparing to take a photo, there are a few things you should take into consideration:
Once you have followed all of these steps, you can begin plating your food, and start snapping away!
Read on for more in-depth tips on how to improve your food photography.
When taking photos inside a takeaway restaurant, the lighting may not always be the best. It may be too dark, too bright, or too orange. So how do you work with this kind of lighting?
- Move the food to a better source of light e.g. by a window.
- Use natural light, if possible, but don’t face the camera directly towards the light.
- Make sure the dish is in focus (touch the screen of your phone to focus on the desired dish).
- Don’t use the flash on your phone — this will leave your photos looking harsh.
- Don’t take your photos on a reflective surface such as a stainless steel worktop — this creates bad lighting.
- Don’t take photos in orange light — this leads to a poor quality photo.
Your background, and the items surrounding your dish are pretty important when taking photos. No one wants to see a messy kitchen, or a dirty table.
- Use items such as a wooden chopping board to place your dish on.
- Choose a basic, clean backdrop e.g. white wall, wooden table etc.
- Use props from the kitchen such as cutlery, ingredients or a beverage etc.
- Take photos from directly above your dish, this makes it look better and more professional.
- Don’t place too many items in the photo — it looks crowded.
- Don’t use items in a photo that look out of place e.g. chopsticks next to a kebab.
- Don’t take your photos on a reflective surface — this creates bad lighting.
Placing your food on a plate automatically makes a dish look more attractive (than when presented in a foil/plastic container). It will also help your customer relate to eating that dish in their own home.
- Put the food on a plate, if you can — it looks more attractive than a foil or plastic container.
- Keep it tidy — messy food is not appetising.
- Don’t use square plates — they are difficult to photograph.
- Don’t use coloured plates (especially blue or red) — this is not appealing.
- Source: PracticalECommerce
This story was originlly written by myself, for CentralDish