Photographing Food For Your Blog or Squidoo Lens
Are You A Foodie Writer, or Blogger?
I wanted to put together a resource to help beginning foodie writers, bloggers, and Squidoo lensmasters capture great food images for their lenses and blogs. I've included my favorite food photographer tips and tricks that I've learned along the way over the last few years.
I've also put together a list of some of my favorite foodie blogs, cameras, books and tabletop lighting setups to help you learn to get the best food photography images possible.
I've mostly learned by studying others, and through trial and error, so don't be afraid to jump in there and just start photographing. If you wait until you're perfect at it you'll never get started!
The Three Most Important Components of Food Photography
1. Texture~ You want people to feel the texture of the food through the photo.
2. Color~ Make the food stand out and the colors pop off the page.
3. Lighting~ Natural lighting is best, or a good light setup.
Have a Small Camera or Camera Phone To Carry Along
There are many opportunities to capture food shots, and other photos when you're going about your day. Make sure you keep a small camera, or a camera phone with you all the time so you don't miss that shot!.
I carry a with me everywhere I go. Many of the Nikon Coolpix L20Canon Powershots are also small enough to fit in a take along bag or purse.
Take advantage of holidays, birthday parties, carry ins, restaurants and other occasions to get food pictures you normally couldn't get at home. Even if you just use the image as an inspiration to recreate the dish yourself later (make sure you ask for the recipe if possible).
A Couple of My Favorite "Pocket Size Cameras" - for on the go food photography
Food Photograhy Tips For Bloggers and Squidoo Lensmasters
For me food photography involves constantly learning to make my photos better. Along the way I've learned quite a bit (and I still have a good bit to learn). Here are a few of my favorite food photography tips.
~Get in close, and make friends with the macro button on your camera.
~Use natural light whenever possible, there's nothing like natural sunlight for a great food image.
~If you don't have natural sunlight a light box is a great way to simulate natural light.
~Take several shots from different angles, and with different lighting, backgrounds, and props if possible.
~Don't forget to take images of the process. If you're writing a how to recipe blog post or Squidoo lens, it helps to have images of the different steps in making the recipe.
~ Don't be afraid to crop your food images in closer with a photo editor.
Image (c) L Gerlach all rights reserved
Food Photography Books
Want to style your food photography images like the pros? Here are a few of my favorite food photography guides. I have these books on my bookshelf for quick reference and inspiration. I love browsing through the photos to get ideas to set up my own food shots.
Use Props To Create a Beautiful Food Image
Have fun with props and backgrounds when you're setting up your food photography set. Here are a few things you can use to make your photos more interesting.
~ Scrapbook Paper
~ Nice bowls, trays, and plates (without scratches or cracks)
~ Wrapping Paper
~ Ceramic tiles
~ Decorative glasses
Anything else you can think of. I love to play around with backgounds and props when I'm taking photos, that's half the fun!
Image (c) L Gerlach All rights reserved
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Use a Tabletop Light Box To Get Those Great Shots
Some of My Favorite Food Photography - All images (c) L Gerlach all rights reservedClick thumbnail to view full-size
Food Photography: See How the Pros Do It
My Favorite DSLR Camera For Food Photography
Sometimes I want a little more control over my images. If I want to fuss over the controls a little more I pick up an SLR camera so I can have more control over the image depth, how much light is pulled in, etc. If you're looking for that perfect, mouth watering food image!
More Digital SLR Cameras That Make My Mouth Water
Watch a Food Photo Shoot In Action
I could watch these all day! I love watching food stylists and photographers in action.