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Cheap & Easy Food Photography Tips
Need To Take A Great Food Picture?
It`s true, a picture is worth a thousand words, but how do you take a good one? Food photography is in a world of it own. There are many tricks professional photographers use to get that special shot. Using motor oil for gravy's, shoe polish to make uncooked meat look succulent, or using wet cotton balls heated in the microwave for steam.
I'm a beginner photographer I know nothing of F-stops, shutter speeds or Apertures. I point and shoot and hope for the best. In this article I have put together some ticks and tips on how to take some great food pictures.
All photos by: English-lion unless stated otherwise
Photo's Taken With My Sony CX330Click thumbnail to view full-size
What Worked & What Did Not Work Me
My Studio consists of an open window a kitchen table, and an overhead chandelier. Natural light is simply the best for taking food pictures. The overhead chandelier adds a little extra light, not much, but it adds to the quality of the image. A few weeks back I needed a picture for an article I had written that was due the next day. Nasher's Nachos
It was five o'clock at night, there was no natural light left, What was I to do? I had only taken pictures during the day. Below you will see my experiments with the different light sources.
I Love My Red Plate
Most of my pictures are taken on my old red Melamine plate, it has been taken on many a camping trip. It's personal preference on what colour to use. In these two pictures of recipe "Coronashion Chicken" given to me by a well known guitar player of Frankie Goes to Hollywood fame. He plans on giving it to a charity cookbook. I used my trusted red plate but I didn't like the look of it and went onto the black plate. I think it looks better on the black
*Experiment with different coloured plates. I have found that the flatter the plate the better. Ones with raised edges and more then one colour takes the focus away from the food*
Which Plate Colour Do Like?
Check Your Background
Nothing ruins a good shot more then having pieces of paper, window cleaner's, ovens mitts, and other things. To this day I am still guilty of this. Just the other day, I was taking pictures of my daycare children having a grand ole time licking the bowl, that I missed the ketchup bottle that was dead center in the middle of picture.
Angle and Close Up - Think outside of the box, get in close and choose a different angle that will showcase the foodClick thumbnail to view full-size
It's nice to have but you can get by with books stacked on top of each other but I have never used them when taking food pictures. I rest the side of my hands on the edge of the table or my elbows on my lap or table itself. I keep my finger on the shutter button a couple of seconds after I hear the click just to make sure I don't move.