A Guide to Better Food Photos

NOVEMBER 15, 2018 by Daniel
NOVEMBER 15, 2018 by Daniel

It’s all about that food envy.

Taking photos doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, with the release of the newest iPhones and the Google Pixel2, this post is probably a complete waste of your time. Either way — below are some tips to help you out if you’re like me and can’t afford the newest camera phone.

1. Take Advantage of Natural Light

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Natural light cannot be beat. It’s a fact. The best seat in any restaurant is always near the window. If you’re still not happy, go outside, just make sure the waitstaff don’t mistake you for a thief!

Tip: If you don’t have a lot of light and are eating at night — borrow your friends phone and ask them to turn the torch on ;)

2. Know Your Angles.

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Smartphones are really good at shooting food from a bird’s eye view. However depending on the dish you’re shooting, sometimes other angles need to be used. A salad looks great when its shot from above, but if you’re shooting a burger, you’ll want to see more than just the top of the bun!

3. It's All About That Depth

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The sole reason the new iPhone and Google Pixel2 take such incredible photos is the little ‘Portrait’ mode feature. If you’re using an older version and want to take similar shots, hold your finger down on the spot you want to focus on — after a few seconds the camera will lock onto that area and you’ll be able to take multiple shots from different angles.

4. The Background Is Important!

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When shooting food the background is really important. Place the food against something that enhances the colours and creates contrast. The dish is the hero, but don’t be afraid to play around with the background.

5. Including Props (even yourself) Always Adds Character

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If you want to add depth to your photo add props to the setting. Props often add life to a shot and make the dish look even better. There is nothing wrong with having your hand in a shot, just make sure you’ve cut those nails!

6. Filters. Filters. Filters.

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When in doubt just use a filter. Filters eliminate a lot of the hard work and often reflect your personality. So if you’re aiming to have a consistent look and feel to your photos, pick a filter and stick with it.

If you follow these simple little tricks, the likelihood is they’ll make your food look incredible. And hey, isn’t that the point?