Food Photography Tips for Bloggers

Before blogging became a thing, there were so many unexplored bloggers taking countless pictures of their favourite foods only to be seen by their family and friends. However ever since food blogging became a thing there has been a lot of focus on how food is captured as that is a one visual that entices so many of our senses together at one time.
Food photography in fact is not just the department of restaurant/eatery owners or event photographers anymore. People make sure to capture and upload every even remotely fancy meal that they’re devouring into. Even though just like food choices, food photography is also a very subjective field with a wide spectrum of possibilities.
Below we have underlined some general tips and tricks to make your photographs shine and trace the nuances of your exquisite food.
Although there are only a few angles in food photography that are usually repeated yet you’ve got to choose the right one that matches your food’s shape and size accurately. Even though most popular angles capture the colours and elements correctly, however, a few specific ones make the ingredients stand out. For example, taking a picture of your cake from the top looks good but it wouldn’t be able to capture the depth and work of art on the cake’s actual side. Similarly, a pizza from a side angle wouldn’t be able to correctly depict its flavour, toppings and crispy layers.
Try using natural light as much as possible. When capturing food even in dimly lit spaces, using a flash oroverhead light that put a spotlight on your food is a big no-no. Forced lighting looks unnecessary and fake and hence shouldn’t be deployed in capturing the dishes. Try capturing your food in natural light while playing around with the few factors that can correct the shadows or exposure. A decent light diffuser, white/black cards and white sheets can help you balance the lighting and bring the focus of the light to your subject with a natural touch.
Another great technique to capture dishes based out of curry is to take close-ups and zoomed out photos simultaneously to give a real sneak peek into the aesthetics and flavours of your dish. This especially works with North Indian dishes like these curries we captured exquisitely for www.gourmetcurryhut.com.au. It’s the angles with decent natural lighting that make these curries look absolutely stunning, ready to be devoured.

Instead of having to manage your background elements, blur them or remove them trying using that space to build up a story around your main element of focus. You can add the ingredients in their raw form that were used in the making of your dish or you could simply put in the jars, utensils, herbs and seasonings that were utilized. When placing these elements try putting them in containers, spices and linens that match the origins of your dish while being aesthetic at the same time. This will add depth to your food and give a story to link it with just making it far more noticeable and appealing.

Use elements that create horizontal or vertical lines that either frame your object of focus or lead to it by directing. Lines have a way of subtly adding that focus to whatever you put them around. Further, you can use layers by using cloths or spread seasonings even utensils that can help take your viewer to the focus of the picture in a very classy and indirect manner.
Capturing a picture is not just about working with the object or in this case the food in focus. It’s basically about reducing the later modifications as much as possible by managing your environment for the photograph. For this, you can play with the lighting, angles, background elements and use crafty concepts to make your photo come alive!

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