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A fun hobby: Taking pictures of food!

Updated on January 23, 2012

Here's some great info and tips on how to take pictures of food!

One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures of food. I love cooking delicious homemade food and arranging it beautifully on a plate and snapping a picture. In this page I will give you some tips and ideas on how to take awesome pictures of food.

I am by no means an expert it is definitely just a hobby of mine that I enjoy and that I want to share. I mostly take pictures of food that I cook but sometimes I take a picture of food I get served at restaurants and even snacks! Food is just so interesting to photograph with its gorgeous colors and fascinating textures.

Food photgraphy is something I would love to learn more of. As time goes by and I take more pictures I'll continue to add them here.

Enjoy!

**All the pictures on this lens are mine, please do not use them without my permission. Thanks :)

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Some great tips on taking pictures of food

Picture of: My yummy homemade pancakes

1.) When taking pictures of food try to take it next to a window or another source of natural light. Artificial lights and flash often make the food appear "washed out."

2.) Avoid taking the picture of your food from a "birds-eye" view. That means don't take the picture directly above the food. If you do the food loses all it's dimension and thickness.

3.) Try new angles, for example taking a picture of half of the casserole full of food instead of the whole thing makes it appear more interesting and you also get to concentrate more on the color and texture. Another great angle to shoot food from is "in the food." This is when the actual shape/color of the food isn't in focus, it's more of grabbing the texture and crumbs from a muffin than the actual shape and color of it.

4.) Make sure your food isn't too hot. If you're going to take a picture of food that just came out of the pan/oven, make sure it isn't so hot that there's steam rising from it. This will cause the camera lens to get foggy and you might also capture the steam on film. If you're going for that steamy look then by all means snap it before it's gone! But if you're not interested in having swirls of steam in your pictures, wait 'till your food cools down a bit.

Check out this picture of homemade Mexican tacos!

picture of mexican taco
picture of mexican taco

Can you see the texture in the ground beef and the vegetables in this picture? It's one of my favorites.

Picture of my famous rainbow cupcakes!

Picture of my famous rainbow cupcakes!
Picture of my famous rainbow cupcakes!

TIP: Use contrasting dishes and backgrounds for your food pictures. Don't photograph white food on white plates or red food on red plates. Use colors that constrast and make the food stand out!

A close up of yummy gummy bears!

A close up of yummy gummy bears!
A close up of yummy gummy bears!

Chocolate covered "Zebra" pretzels!

Chocolate covered "Zebra" pretzels!
Chocolate covered "Zebra" pretzels!

TIP: Plates and bowls in interesting shapes like square/oval make for interesting food presentation

A fresh and delicious steak salad!

A fresh and delicious steak salad!
A fresh and delicious steak salad!

Close up of boneless buffalo wings

boneless wings
boneless wings

New York Strip Steak Dinner

new york strip steak
new york strip steak

TIP: Adding garnishes like parsley or chives can make the colors of a dish pop.

Alice Springs Chicken

Alice Springs Chicken
Alice Springs Chicken

Taco Lettuce Cups

Taco Lettuce Cups
Taco Lettuce Cups

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

chocolate chip pancakes picture
chocolate chip pancakes picture

Fruit Pizza: A perfect summer dessert

fruit pizza picture
fruit pizza picture

TIP: Using props like utensils, napkins or drinks add a more life like touch to pictures of food.

Want the recipes to these pictures?

You can find the recipes to these pictures and many more at my blog!

So what is your favorite hobby? Do you like taking pictures of food? - Tell me because I wanna know!

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      love4randomness1 5 years ago

      @aka-rms: Thank you! :)

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      Nicely done!