Since this blog began oh so long ago, I have definitely picked up my fair share of food photography tips. Since I’ve receive such sweet comments now and again on my photos, I thought I would share my wealth of photographic knowledge with y’all.
I present to you…The Healthy Everythingtarian’s Guide to Pretty Pictures!
(1) Natural light is IMPERATIVE for a home run beauty shot. See below.
(2) Don’t be afraid to zoom in close…real close. Few things are more gorgeous in life than coconut flecks, rivers of nut butter and fresh berries all atop a bowl of overnight oats.
(3) Don’t listen to your mom – play with your food! Food art can take any meal from simple to over-the-top fabulous!
(4) As an almost art major in college, I realize the importance of balance, symmetry and layout. Throwing these mini hummus pizzas on a plate would be fine but arranging them in a way that is pleasing to the eye makes them even more irresistable to eat!
(5) Try to avoid using a flash at all costs (minus really dark environments, i.e. rainy days, dark lighting in restaurants, a midnight rave scene). The pic may or may not turn out fuzzy, but regardless, the overall look will still be much better than an awkwardly shadowed photo.
With a flash – unnatural (also, see yesterday’s breakfast)
(6) Experiment with different settings on your digi cam. For instance, most cameras have a text feature, which can help wording on a package (big and small) turn out much clearer. TWSS.
(7) Like Tyra recommends on ANTM, play around with your angles! Don’t be afraid to tilt the camera, shoot from below, angle it every which way and experiment like a kid. Trust me, it makes for a much more interesting shot.
(8) Realize that some days, your camera will hate you. No matter how many tips you follow and tricks you try, some days the stars ARE aligned against you. In that case, stick in an obnoxious self-promoting shot or object in the background to distract your readers from the obvious blurriness of the food.
Shoutout to my homeboy and Thai cooking class pal Thomas!
Bottom line: HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Blogging should never be a chore – including taking photographs! Now, there are obviously many more bloggers whose photos are much more amazing than my own, but to each his own. Finding a style that is YOURS will make your readers want to come back for more (food that is).
What is one photography tip you swear by? Share with the class!