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How to Do Food Photography


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Mar 22, 2024
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What’s your favorite “F” word? Mine is food. If you love food as much as me I can image you’d also enjoy capturing some sweet shots of it also. Food photography can be a very fun, but it’s not only about capturing what’s on the plate. Your viewers should look at your image and get hungry.The ultimate the goal in food photography is to make what you’re shooting look appealing and delicious. There are a number of ways you can get the attention of your viewer and make them drool.

Food Photography Tips for Beginners​

Depth Of Field​

The first food photography tip I’d suggest is to try and achieve a shallow depth of field when shooting your subject. With food photography, you should always aim to capture the most important thing on the plate; once that is made the focus of the picture then you shouldn’t really worry about the background as it will transition into a very soft blur.

Mind you, I’m not saying that your background should be completely out of whack. Still try to keep some elements associated with food in the background such as forks, a napkin etc. To achieve this I would actually recommend the use of a 50mm lens. You’ll end up easily achieving that smooth transition into the background not to mention how close you can get to the subject with a low aperture.


Add Oil

The last tip is to put oil over your vegetables. Not a lot but enough that the vegetables have a bit of a shine to them, and they will really glow when you have the lights on them. That will help to add definition to the image, but it will also make the food look very appetizing. The vegetables will look fresher with that glisten, and your photo will really pop with that extra bit of shining light coming from the vegetables and the fruits.

Plated Perfection Lightroom Presets Collection​

today and take your food photography to the next level!
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