Remember when cookbooks just featured plain boring text? No stunning mouth-watering images tempting you to break your diet?
Today, the visual appeal of food is considered just as important as how it tastes. And if you’re considering creating a food blog, you’ll want to know how best to photograph your favourite dishes.
Dianne’s never met a successful food photographer who wasn’t also a foodie – so if you love both photography and food, you’re sure to excel!
Here are ten of Dianne’s top tips for tasty photography:
- always carry a camera… you just never know when or where you’ll be inspired!
- shoot lots of frames
- try different points of view and framing… overhead, straight on, close-up, environmental shots
- consider composition and props… Dianne suggests plate
smears, propped forks and rusted spatulas
- avoid busy backgrounds… a wooden cutting board or a painted foam-core board are good options, as backgrounds are usually thrown out of focus
- work quickly… your food has to look fresh and delicious!
- shoot in natural, diffused light… tape tissue paper to the window if the light’s too directional
- shoot throughout the preparation and cooking process… show how you achieved the finished dish!
- get in close – use a macro lens and tripod if you can
- edit your images to maximise impact
The images here were shot by Jules Clancy over at the tempting food blog, Stonesoup. Be sure to check out more of her photography – and wonderful recipes! I really like the uncluttered simplicity of her images, where the luscious food is definitely the hero! I love the snowy white bowls and platters here too – I think white best showcases the colour and textures of food, although some food photographers think patterned chinaware adds interest.
So browse your favourite cookbooks, don your apron, grab your camera, experiment, and have fun… then (and this is the best bit) eat and enjoy!