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Basic Food Photography Advice For Bloggers
If you love food and want to share your recipes with your readers you might think that the only way is to buy an expensive SLR camera - Truth is, any camera makes the cut if used properly. Food Photography goes beyond equipment, you need just the right balance of styling, lighting and enthusiasm.

Herewith my secret potion:

Use Optical Zoom
Your point and shoot camera should have great optical zoom features. The optical zoom will allow you to frame your food well and it will produce a higher quality food image. Most affordable cameras come with a 10.1 digital zoom. Now, you have to pay attention. When you zoom in you will see a line dividing the levels of zoom between optical and digital. Learn more about the two here.

Use a Tripod
A point and shoot camera is usually slow and not matter how steady your hands are when taking a picture your hands will always shake. A tripod offers the steadiness you need, it makes your photos sharp and all the edges clear.

Use Natural Light
People will say, whenever possible use natural light... I say with a point and shoot. Always, use natural light. Use the natural lighting as a way to compliment the look of your food. Do not take the photograph if you are directly in front of the sunlight. You always want the natural light to be at the backside of your food. Another great tip when using natural light. Shoot between 8:00am and 10:00am just before the sun is shinning at its best.

Dim that light !
Use a white sheet or see-through curtain to dim the harshness of the light and give your photos a better perspective without adding shadows. When the light comes from an artificial source or the natural light is too harsh your food can look overly greasy and unappealing.

Style
One of the best tips I've learned is to learn to style the scene. Try using more than one prop, different color plates or interesting tools but keep the focus on the food.

Make it look delicious
Always clean up the edges of the plates, keep vegetables colorful and crisp and (as per my experience). Set up and then cook. I am big on rustic cooking and rustic-looking food photography. Don't over-do the embellishments, fake grill marks and plastic cheese are not an option.

Take your time
You should shoot from every angle and trying different focus points. That's why you should style and then shoot. I use programs and equipment that allows me to transfer the images to my screen and review them at a big scale I then take more photos of the angles that look the best but if you don't have that option, always take lots of photos.

When processing your photos
Don't over-do the effects, try to keep it as clean and you can and try not to use any of the default camera effects like "antique" "sunrise" or else. Use normal settings and optical zoom only.

Practice
Just like you would with any other hobby or art form. It takes practice to master good photos, specially with a point and shoot camera because it's tricky. Take a lot of photos and be patient

Photographs property of Line Klein

11 comments:

  1. These are great tips. I take food pictures more than anything and one thing that suffers is that I do not have a lot of indoor sunlight.

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    1. I know how that is. I was shooting on a rainy day in London a couple of months ago and the only ventilation the apartment had were it didn't get wet was next to the kitchen sink. I used a mirror to reflect more light on the front and left side of the plate. That might help :)

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  2. funny timing with this post, cause i was just realizing this week that the one thing i'm so bad at photographing is food. for some reason i thought photographing food would be easy!
    i swear by canon's G12 for a point and shoot camera - its the best and i make most of my blog photos with it.

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    1. I bet when you say bad you mean "amazing!" I love your photos, Sage. I know, right? Point and shoots are so easy to use. Love them too. I recently got myself a kick-ass Nikon and haven't even used it. I have no time to get into the whole complication of it. xx

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  3. Thanks for the amazing tips! I am going to try them out. It's one of my goals to learn to take better photos, so this will help get me started. :)

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    1. You already have such an amazing blog! I love it.

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  4. Such good advice. I'm excited to share this post with my readers.

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  5. These are great tips. I have experienced food in my pics looking greasy and just not tasty and I think the light must have been why the shots never worked out.

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  6. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing some great advice!

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  7. Great tips and can be applied for other than food photographing as well.

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