What are the right ingredients for taking appetizing/great/delicious looking food photos?


We know your life has always been full of all sorts of exciting adventures that were yours and yours alone. Now that you have a camera or a smart phone, integrating photography into daily life is a way to record and share these interesting experiences.

Meals are an important part of our days and an important part of our lives. Capturing the essence of a beautiful dish and meal is anything but easy. (Did you see those umm… those unfortunate Martha Stewart food pics?)

Today, I will show you some simple tips on how to improve your food photos. We hope these basic ingredients will help you make the best photos of your culinary adventures.

1. Lighting

Good lighting is key. Direct flash is probably a no no on this one. Natural lighting is great so make use of the daylight hours. Get close to a window or even take it outside. Might get booted out of the restaurant if you try to sneak your plate outside? Not to worry – you can use 1-Tap Enhance to edit minor lighting problems left in the photo.

Fresh hamburgers

2. Freshness

Food doesn’t stay looking great for long, so get in there while its still hot! The moment it comes out of the oven, fridge, or pot and onto the plate, make haste and get your food photo while the dish is still at its prime.

steaming iron bowl of kimchi soup

3. Angle

Get down low with your food. Many photographers make the mistake of taking photos from above. While this may work sometimes, we recommend shooting closer to the angle of the plate or a little bit above it. This will help bring out the textures, color, and shape of the food.

4. Distance

An important aspect of food photography is the closeup. Get up real close and personal with your food. The photo should tell a story and in order to truly get the experience, the viewer should feel as though they are close enough to smell the food. (As they say, the devil is in the details or are the details in the deviled eggs?)

5. Focus

The food is always the primary focus of a food photo. Using a shallow depth of field can help this by focusing in on the food while leaving the background slightly blurred. You can do this as you shoot or use tilt-shift to edit the photo later. 

St. Patrick's Day cupcakes

6. Share

The only thing better than enjoying a great meal is sharing one. So share away with friends, family, and social media.

If you have any additional food photo tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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