If you’re a photographer or blogger who is just starting to learn food photography, you might find it tricky to get create beautiful food photos that you’ve visualized in your mind.
Hey should be simple so the audience can focus on the food, but at the same time, it should also look luscious and enticing, enough to make the audience want to grab that food.
If you’re looking for basic food photography ideas for beginners and bloggers, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve compiled these easy food photography tips and tricks and a few basic techniques that can improve your photography. Whether you’re shooting for your blog, tutorial video about food, Chinese food photography in UAE,editorial work for a magazine, or simply because you want to make your own personalised cookbook, this article will help you get the brilliant results that you strive for.
1. Using harsh artificial light
Just like in any other branch of photography, food photography lighting is the most important thing that you should master first, as it can make or break your photos. Some photographers choose to work with natural light only, as it gives the best effect. Other photographers opt for artificial light, as they get consistent lighting and white balance throughout the photoshoot, like I have did in a shoot of Chinese food photography in Abu Dhabi, and Chinese food photography in Sharjah. which saves them from a lot of work in the post-processing.
On top of that, artificial light in food photography gives them flexibility in terms of time, as they’re not constrained by the times to take photos.
If you opt for artificial light, do not use a direct flash, or worse, overhead tungsten light. Invest in a good quality flash, and a reflector or bounce card. Never direct the flash towards the food background, as the light will fall harshly and the food will lose all the details, making it look flat and unappealing.
2- Mastering Manual Mode
Can I let you in on a secret? Mastering manual mode is what took me from a frustrated amateur to who was a slave to my camera’s AUTO settings to a pro who could think and adjust quickly to any lighting situation.
It’s easy to fall into the auto trap. But all good things are hard. Going to the gym is hard, cooking from scratch is hard, changing jobs is hard, moving country is hard. But it’s only temporary! Once you master shooting in manual mode and understanding the exposure triangle, you’ll be able to shoot in any room with any size window and any situation. Chinese food photography in Dubai, is one of my best project I’ve done last year because I love Chinese food and when you get a project where you would love to do the job, that is why it’s one of my favourite. You will be in control of your image sand the story they tell. That story of icing sugar falling in a perfect swirl on your mince pies, the story of the milk swirling like a dancer into your coffee, those delicious buttery soft backgrounds you covet, that tack sharp capture of fizz when you pour your margarita. ALL of that is only possible when you master manual mode.
4- Creative Essentials
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Food photography isn’t about the food, it’s about the story of food! It’s about the memories made when dusting donuts in sugar, It’s the joy a baker has when their chiffon cakes rise to towering heights. It’s about how friends feel when they gather around a large bubbling pot of fresh pasta. And as a food photographer, it’s your job to bring these stories to life. Your choice of backgrounds, props, composition, food styling, color theory and balance is what will help to tell your story. Each creative tool works as a supporting cast to your hero food.
Creative essentials such as props and backgrounds play a supporting role to your main hero food.