The one thing that makes a good food blog different from the rest is the exquisite photographs the author uploads along with the great recipe. The Instagram filters may add drama to your food, but Food Blogging is little more professional. Food is supposed to be tasty, not photogenic. These tips would help you learn to take better pictures of your food!
- Do not use your built-in flash. Ever! You don’t want the flash glare to ruin the food garnishing; it damages the food’s delicate sensibilities. It’s always best to use natural light, so take your photos near a window or outdoors, with a white curtain to diffuse the light. Stick to using the backlight; makes your food look more appealing. Correct amount and angle of light can make your food look appetizing and fresh, while a bad source can make the same food look flat and unattractive.
- Reflectors and diffusers: To bounce light back onto the plate and reduce shadows. If the light coming from your window is too harsh, diffuse it with parchment paper or a thin, white bed sheet. You may also want to narrow your depth of field in highlight the subject of the photo. Adjust the contrast and highlight settings, and you’ll have a photo that pops alive to the viewers. Prefer shooting in a RAW format, so that t is easier for you to adjust the white balances later on, not making your food look too green or too red.
- Tripods are obviously a must or look for the image stabilization function on your camera to reduce blur from accidental camera movement. Other ways to avoid a blurry picture to use a faster shutter speed or raise your ISO to decrease the amount of light you require.
- Avoid camera slant. Some people think that rotating the camera slightly clockwise or counter-clockwise will create a more interesting composition, when it really just confuses the viewer and makes the plate look like a flying saucer. Keep your camera level as straight as possible.
- Stylize thoughtfully: Choose the plates wisely, use salad sized plates and avoid bright colours plates, which can distract the viewer from the subject. Napkins, utensils, glassware, and other placements can fill up the composition and make your images more engaging. Garnish the dish. Have an interesting background, but make sure you don’t distract your viewers with a little too bright background.
These tips will come to be handy, especially if you work on a small budget. You don’t need a super fancy camera, just some light, some camera settings, and you are good to go! If you love photography and if you love food, you can just put those two things properly, and achieve your ultimate dream!