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Food Photography With Cell Phone - Tips and Tricks

Updated on July 13, 2013

Food Photography

Food Photography
Food Photography

Ever Tried Photographing Your Food Before Eating

Camera phones have brought in a new addictive revolution of food photography. You might love it or mock it but everyone will agree to the fact that it is super fun. And it makes perfect sense to grab a quick picture of the food before you dig in. So why not do it well and have some great images to show off?

Shoot It Like You'd Eat It

The one universal rule of photographing food is to make it look fresh. Not all dishes look naturally savory. To ensure that they do, take your cellphone out the moment food is served and snap a quick picture. Capture the waft of steam or the arty garnish, it is not about how the food looks, but what it feels like.

Choose the Perfect Table

Camera phones struggle each time they face low light conditions, something very common in restaurants. Choose a table that is closer to a light source or probably next to a window. Take help from the video flash of a friend's phone, for some unique shots with unconventional lighting.

The First Person's Perspective

Photographers are so busy deciding the best angle to take photographs of the food that they forget the most obvious angle - their own! Viewers can relate a lot more to such images and it makes the picture come alive rather than being just another static frame. Doing this with a bulky camera might be a challenge, but who needs that when you have a handy cellphone!

Include The Ambience

Whether you are in fancy restaurant or a tea stall down the road, the wide lens of your phone gives you the advantage of including a bit of surrounding in the picture. This gives more context to what you are shooting as well as a lot more for you to add the frame. Posh cutlery of 5 star restaurant, the chaos at a fast food stall or the comfort of a cafe, each has its own tale.

Go Back To The Kitchen

The most interesting pictures are made in the kitchen. Making photographs when the chef is still cooking or assembling the dish. It has that extra dash of action to them. The sizzle as you fry something or the action as you put the ingredients together, might just make your image remarkable.

Let The Food Tell How To Photograph

Is there a beautiful texture to your ingredient, or do the shapes make it a strong graphic image? Shoot your food dishes keeping in mind, what suits it the best. Compose your food and your dishes before you hit the shutter. A camera phone gives you a lot more flexibility to play with the angle and frame to make the most of it.

Before you turn it into a full fledged shoot, remember why you came to the restaurant in the first place. To EAT!


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      Rudy Herdyantio 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Great hub, thanks! You can take advantage of the light source. it can make these foods have dimensions and looks more appetizing.

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      Ashish Nagpal 4 years ago from India

      Thanks peachpurple, glad to know you used these tips :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Very useful hub, I had been using my handset camera for years when my digital camera kept giving me problems, my handset pixels are better, 5mp good to shoot a clear bright photos outside but not inside home, photos looks dull due to lack of lightings, so with fellow jibber advice, Walter poon, I put my recipes out in the car porch and take photos, beautiful!!! Voted up

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      Ashish Nagpal 4 years ago from India

      Thanks jabelufiroz :)

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Great hub. Thanks. Voted up.