Top 10 Tips for Taking Perfect Food Photos
6. Steady Hands, Steady Plates
Candied orange and grapefruit peels
A tripod helps to avoid camera shake under low light conditions and with slow shutter speeds (below 1/60). To further reduce camera shake, set your camera to take the picture a few seconds after pressing the shutter release button. This will reduce the movement your hand might cause when taking the picture. With a DSLR, try the mirror-lock up feature to further reduce camera shake.
7. Limit Your Ingredients
Sweet potato puree with pecans and maple syrup
Don’t try to shove your entire table into a picture. Rather than one picture trying to capture everything at once, take ten pictures of your holiday table. Taking pictures at different times during the meal will showcase half-eaten meals and half-full serving dishes, incorporating a sense of timeline and narrative into your holiday celebration.
8. Don’t Flash Your Guests!
Ferrara’s chocolate fudge cookies
Try to avoid using your camera’s built-in flash since this direct light flattens the subject and reduces texture and depth of faces and food. It is better to use the available light from lamps and lighting fixtures in the room or natural daylight from a window.
9. Repurpose your Shower Curtain
Roasted turkey with apple sage dressing, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato casserole
Use household items such as aluminum foil, makeup mirrors and white napkins to reflect the light source into the shadow areas of the photo and capture more detail. To soften the light source, try diffusing it with wax paper or a sheer white cloth to achieve more details in the bright portions of the photo.
10. Get Creative with Color
Pomegranate poached pears
Experiment with colors and moods by using the in-camera creative filters found in newer cameras like the Olympus E-PL1. Your holiday shot could look even more festive and colorful by using the Pop Art filter. The saturated color reproduction will enhance your beautiful food and setting. Try the Soft Focus filter to capture the mood of a romantic dinner.