One of my favorite aspects of starting and working on this blog the past year and a half has been improving my food photography. I’ve been snapping pictures of my food for articles and social media posts for years. But I didn’t get serious about it until recently. Producing posts with my original recipes and photos of them that I’m really proud of is extremely empowering.
While I’m far from an expert on food photography, I have learned quite a bit, mostly through trial and error and studying as many great food photos as I can. Like any type of photography, many people will look at great food photos and assume that the photographer is using a DSLR camera and/or has amazing lighting in his/her kitchen. While a high-end camera and gorgeous lighting are assets for any photographer, there’s a lot more that goes into stunning food photography.
This week on the Photorec.tv blog, I’m sharing 10 steps to improve your food photography. I walk readers through lighting, basic setup, styling, composition, lens selection, and camera settings. Amateur and experienced photographers alike are sure to pick up a tip or two that will help them take their food photos up a notch.
I wrote the post for the Photorec.tv audience, which is primarily photographers, not bloggers. I’m going to use that fact as my excuse for not including one of key aspects for my own food photography growth, which is studying great food photographers, basically all of whom are bloggers. Learning from the best is a tried and true method for improving any skill, and food photography is no exception. I have learned the most from Jessica of How Sweet It Is and Lindsay of Pinch of Yum, who actually has a whole section of her blog dedicated to food photography. Find a few food photographers you love with great blogs and stellar images. Follow their Instagram accounts, so you can study their photos regularly.
Again, the full food photography post is available on the Photorec.tv blog. Also, the current Photorec.tv Instagram challenge is food (no, not a coincidence). If you’d like to participate, post your best food photography images on Instagram with the tags #PRTV and #PRTV_food2. Limit 2 entries. Recent photos only, please (aka do not go back and tag a food pic from 2015). Check out the full list of PRTV challenges to participate in future challenges as well.
Do you have any additional food photography tips?
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