One of the most important aspects of food blogging is food photography. After all, how can people understand the goodness of whatever dish you are talking about if you cannot show them what it looks like? Describing to the readers in detail what the food is like is one thing, letting your readers see its actual appearance is another. That is why taking pictures of food is a serious business
How is one supposed to take great foodie photos? There are several pointers that need to be followed when it comes to food photography. Once these are taken into consideration, then it is possible to get the best shots.
What are these?
Let there be light. Lighting is an important factor in photography. By choosing the angle, intensity, as well as color of light, food pictures gain a different character, texture, and appearance. Also, lighting can help cover imperfections in the food. Ideally, the source of light should be diagonally from behind the photographer for image enhancement.
Flash on the left, No flash on the right
No flashing. No matter what happens, never use the built-in flash in your camera. It creates a bad texture on your food, and messes up its appearance. Using a hot shoe flash is better, but it may be rude to use it in the restaurant. Be mindful and ask the restaurant and the other guests for their permission.
Look at different angles. The normal sitting position when dining provides only a 45 degree angle to pictures. Try getting up close and tight to your food when taking pictures. You could also try getting a bit further for extra effect. A bird’s eye-view of your subject could also produce an interesting side to your pictures.
Shoot as much as you want. With the development of digital cameras and bigger memory cards, there is no need to be shy or stingy in taking pictures. Take as many photos in as many angles and exposures as you want. You can then choose which ones are the best.
L: f/5.6 R: f/11
Take note of your aperture. The aperture of your camera is very important, since this will define the focus of your picture. If you want to put some focus on a single point on the object, then a smaller field of focus would do. But if you want to include the entire object, then you would need to adjust the field wider.
Unadjusted on the left, Adjusted on the right
Balance the whiteness. Most restaurants use either incandescent or yellow lighting, and unless you want to achieve a warm yellow look, then you have to adjust the sensitivity of your light to be whiter.
Get closer. Food takes on an entirely new dimension when you take your pictures closely. You may want to take a very close shot of the entire dish, or maybe a portion of it that you feel looks good. Either way, it would have a very interesting effect.
Steady as it goes. To keep pictures from becoming blurred, you will need to hold your camera steadily. Rest your arms on the edge of the table. If possible, have a tripod at the ready. It would be much better this way.
Bring it home. Sometimes, restaurant settings are not ideal for photography. That is why it is better to bring the dish home, reheat it, and photograph it according to the lighting in your place. It is much easier this way.
Editing Images in Photoshop Element 7
Use the apps. This is the last step before uploading the pictures to your blogs. After taking the pictures, it is now the time to adjust it using the computer. If Photoshop or iPhoto is available, then you can use to make your pictures more attractive. Change the lighting, the texture, and erase imperfections in the shots.