Do you want to produce high quality shots of your food to post online? Look no further. Here are five factors you can focus on mastering. These will help you bring out the best in your creations even using basic, low resolution, DSLR cameras.
Lighting is what can make or break your photo. A lot of food photographers work with an array of lighting equipment. However, when you are just starting out, you don’t really have to invest in any of these in order to get a decent shot. The consensus out there is that natural lighting actually works really well, with some even saying that it is the best option to go for. In the worst case scenario, you can always use image processing software to compensate for an extensive lighting set up.
Try to find a spot in your home that is naturally well illuminated and use available artificial lights to brighten up any sides which the natural light doesn’t reach. Keep in mind that tungsten bulbs versus the incandescent variety have different lighting implications on your image.
Selecting the best type, shape and colour of dish in which to set your food is essential. Consider the plate as the canvass on which your artwork lies. It can enhance or diminish a dish’s visual appeal.
Choose backgrounds that suit the theme you are going for. Black backdrops might give your photo a mysterious and elegant air, while a white one might really help the colours of the ingredients on the plate to stand out.
Depending on the meal in question, decide the best angle that works for you. Would you like to take a bird’s eye-view shot in order to fit several items into the camera frame? Or would you like to bring the camera down in level with the plate, in order to really capture the different textures going on in the food? Some food photographers swear you can’t go wrong with a forty-five degree angle.
Post-processing is an integral part of making your photos look magazine-ready. As a rule of thumb, it is best to get your shot as perfect as possible without the use of heavy-handed processing techniques. However, post-processing software like Photoshop is useful to have. It is usually used for minor corrections that most photos require, and can be a life saver for badly taken shots than need rescuing.
Time spent learning about the above five areas can really help you shed new light on your recipes, and attract followers online by giving your dishes the wow factor they deserve.