Seven tips for food photography:
- Do some research on your favorite food shots. I started with some of my favorite recipe sites (e.g. this amazing woman's food photography). How is the food styled? Are there close up shots? Is the background blurred with a short depth of field? How hungry for that food are you now?
- Watch your color saturation. Desaturated food can look old. Overly saturated food looks like it needed digital retouching to make it look like food. Folks use color to determine if they'll eat something or not so make it look appetizing through your color.
- Wet things should look wet. Don't be scared to spray your creamed sauce pastas or ice cream down with a spray bottle of water during a formal photoshoot. Read: don't do this if you're going to eat it. Yuck.
- Be mindful of your backgrounds. Going back to color importance, don't let the background make your food look sickly.
- Take shots from all the angles you can think of. If you're using natural light or staged lamps, the light will hit the food differently while you play with your angles. That's ok. Just be aware of it. Get on top of it, next to it, micro shots, pour it, throw it, shake it, whatever you can imagine to try for a variety of shots.
- Don't eat the food until you check your camera card or found your gem shot on your phone. You may have to go back for more shots!
- Tweet it to me @thethumbprint. I really like good photography. I really like food. Can't go wrong with that combo.