You do not have an expensive professional camera, but you wonder how people out there can capture a pro, good and delicious looking food photography. In fact, using smart phones are not bad too, just you will need to learn some food photography secrets and techniques as mentioned below.
1. Natural light
With the good use of natural light, food coloring will vary. Let us make a comparison of tomatoes shooting with Flash on the left, while on the right is the use of supplemental lighting with natural light. Flash tomato-colored photography is sharp, but it seems too abrupt, and also gives an “overripe” feeling. Under the natural reflective light, the tomato looks red on weak lighting points, but gave the attractive impression, makes people want to bite on it immediately!
Let’s have a look at the following picture. In this 4X6 of space, only the front end of the food is clear, the background and objects behind the food are blur. The benefits of this technique, is to allow the audience to focus on what you want to focus on. It’s probably a whole plate of food, a piece of meat, or some unexpected detail. Defocus method will keep your photos to show unexpected results.
3. Overhead Imagery
The defocus method introduced just now are only suitable for Western food, or desserts, especially on a small dish. In the case with a whole table of food or while eating steamboat, overhead imagery method can be used to render the momentum of your food photography.
4. Side Mapping
This method is a bit similiar to the defocus method, the only difference is that you put the food on the right side. Then, place something which is seemingly related/unrelated next to your food and try to make them blur. This will make the theme of your food to stand out from the rest, and will also let people drool.
5. Partial Discharge
Who says you have to capture the entire piece of PIZZA to make your food photography looks good? From this picture, you can see that we only emphasized a few part of them as well.
6. Food Contents Flowing
This type of approach is most appropriate for those holding food with hand tremors since you don’t have to hold your food for photography. Most of us like to eat freshly baked brownies. Use a spoon, dig in a moment, see the chocolate flowing out from the cake. This method can be applied for half cooked egg shoot principles, too.
7. Pick Up and Shoot
While eating Japanese noodles, or Italian one, you can try not to snap the whole dish. Just pick up your cutlery, some (preferably) noodles rolled in a fork, again based on the food. Take a picture on it, is this not intended to make people hungry?
8. Shoot the Chef Cooking Moments
(Grilled, barbecue, Japan cuisine, such as in food stall/restaurant, should have chefs turning raw food into a good food in front of you, right? Capturing moments of a few chefs cook, can bring your food overall photography to live.
Besides, there are many cool apps out there on the web to make your food photography looks great and delicious!