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Free Food Stock Photos From A Food Enthusiast

Updated on December 14, 2012

A Wonderful Selection Of Stock Photos Featuring Everyone's Favorite Hobby - Food

If you're looking for simple stock images of food that can be used free of charge, whether it be commercially or personally, then you've found the right place. All that I ask is that you give credit or link to this page if you can.

The only pictures that are not eligible for this are the ones with attributions and links associated with them. These are the property of some fine folks over at flickr and while they allow others to use them, some may require attribution or have restrictions on them. I urge you to visit those pics to read the rules before using.

Intro photo by Keith Davenport / flickr.

Food stock photos that do not have attributions were taken by me - YellowHammer.

Sunflower Seeds Spilled From A Pail - These make great snacks.

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sunflower-seeds-with-blurred-foreground-and-background

Initially this stock photo had a cardinal feeding off of the seeds, but it flew off right when I took the shot. I cropped out the red blur in the upper left-hand corner and this is what I had left. I do wish I could have got the bird in there, but I think is a solid example of a food stock photo regardless of the fact. Oh, well.

Food Stock Pictures Gallery - Just click on an image for a better look.

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Green Apples In BasketWinter Squash At Apple HouseMountain Honey DisplayOnions Background PhotoStrawberry Pie Filling
Green Apples In Basket
Green Apples In Basket
Winter Squash At Apple House
Winter Squash At Apple House
Mountain Honey Display
Mountain Honey Display
Onions Background Photo
Onions Background Photo
Strawberry Pie Filling
Strawberry Pie Filling
vegetables-and-fruits-by-enric-archivell-flickr
vegetables-and-fruits-by-enric-archivell-flickr

Have you ever taken a picture of some food?

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Bowl Of Homemade Fried Chicken - Finger licking good!

bowl-of-fried-chicken
bowl-of-fried-chicken

When taking pictures of food by a window, the light can sometimes be too harsh on a subject. I usually hang up a frosted shower curtain, but with this image I decided to use an old throw to help diffuse the light coming in and incorporate it as part of the background.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts - I can see why they are such a popular choice for fundraising.

krispy-kreme-doughnuts
krispy-kreme-doughnuts

I've found that most food pictures look better against a background that makes your subject pop. With this image I made use of the light coming in from a window to create the contrast at the top while the doughnuts blend with the brown-colored desk near the bottom. I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

A Plate Of Bacon, Eggs And Toast - Food stock photography at it's most delicious.

bacon-scrambled-eggs-toast-on-a-plate
bacon-scrambled-eggs-toast-on-a-plate

Cropping an image can often make it have more of an impact if used for menus or advertisements. It's best to either cut out one side or another and not try to center the subject in any way.

Walnuts And Measuring Cup On Dark Background - Those with baking blogs could find this one useful.

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walnuts-and-measuring-cup-on-dark-background

I purposely wanted to focus on the walnuts in the foreground while only giving a hint of the measuring cup in the background. The only way to do that is to blur it.

A Strawberry Lying Amonst Some Clover - I never can eat more than just one.

strawberry-among-clover
strawberry-among-clover

Most stock photography sites want photos that are as sharp as possible (tack sharp) whether your submitting photos of food, meals or anything else. The use of a tripod is essential to help you achieve this.

How To Take Stunning Food Pictures - Food Photography Tips

Close-Up Photo Of A Pizza - One of the most popular fast foods ever created.

close-up-of-a-pizza
close-up-of-a-pizza

I first tried to incorporate the pizza box into the shot, but it never quite looked right to me. I eventually realized that food stock photos focusing on the fast food industry often look much better when just focusing on the product and not the packaging.

Hot Dog And Potato Chips Forgotten On A Bench - Yes, I threw the items away after I took the shot.

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hot-dog-and-chips-as-trash

There was definitely a breeze blowing, so I had to crank up my shutter speed to get this picture.

Food Stock Photography Gallery - Just click on an image to get a better look.

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Close-Up Of Canned PeachesGreen And Red Bell PeppersPumpkins At A Local FarmPears On White BackgroundBaskets Of Red Apples
Close-Up Of Canned Peaches
Close-Up Of Canned Peaches
Green And Red Bell Peppers
Green And Red Bell Peppers
Pumpkins At A Local Farm
Pumpkins At A Local Farm
Pears On White Background
Pears On White Background
Baskets Of Red Apples
Baskets Of Red Apples

Red And Green Bell Peppers Against White Background - Have you ever picked peppers by the pale moonlight?

red-and-gree-bell-peppers-close-up
red-and-gree-bell-peppers-close-up

Getting good food photos against a white background is not as easy as it sounds unless you have enough lights. Lights not only need to be on the subject but on the actual background as well. This is so that you'll actually get a picture of a white background (not grey or yellow or blue).

One of the best photography books available for the amateur - growing into the professional.

I've got several photography books on my shelf, but I find myself using this one more than any of the others. There are several other volumes in this series, but if you want the most bang for your buck, then get this one. I do own the others, though.

The Digital Photography Book
The Digital Photography Book

The best thing about this particular book is that it's almost as if Kelby is talking to you and only you. He tells you how to get great shots in a simple, no-nonsense way - anyone can understand.

If you're a professional photographer, then this may not be for you. If you're a amateur that loves to take pictures and thinking about buying a better camera to get better shots, then this book will be invaluable.

 

Any thoughts you want to share about food, food photography, graphic design or the stock photos themselves?

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      You are very talented. Great pictures, they are beautiful.

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Great lens! Squidlikes!

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      vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      Picspick 5 years ago

      Amazing!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Nice job! It is much harder than most people might think, to make food look good in a photograph. I once worked on a shoot for a TV commercial where the food was in just one shot, a couple of seconds, but it took a couple of hours to get it looking at all edible. :) Your photographs have made me hungry now!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Wonderful pictures ... great job!