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Photographing Food For Your Blog or Squidoo Lens

Updated on September 2, 2012

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.

food photography white chocolate cranberry cookies
food photography white chocolate cranberry cookies

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 Nikon Coolpix L20 with me everywhere I go. Many of the Canon 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).

Food Photograhy Tips For Bloggers and Squidoo Lensmasters

food photography
food photography

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

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food photography

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.

~ Wallpaper

~ Tablecloths

~ Scrapbook Paper

~ Nice bowls, trays, and plates (without scratches or cracks)

~ Wrapping Paper

~ Ceramic tiles

~ candles

~ 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

The Food Critic Shows You How To Make Your Own Low Cost Photo Box

Some of My Favorite Food Photography - All images (c) L Gerlach all rights reserved

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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!

Watch a Food Photo Shoot In Action

I could watch these all day! I love watching food stylists and photographers in action.

Are You a Food Photographer Or a Foodie Writer? Please Feel Free to Share Tips and Questions Here.

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      9 years ago

      Very useful tips - I need them badly! My food photos always come out horribly like... well, I can't say. Anyway, good lens.


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