I have to admit, I am a little obsessed with taking photos of my food; whether I’m going out to eat or cooking at home. I like taking food photos when I know it’s good and appealing. It seems like almost everybody takes pictures of their food now before eating it, post it on social media and hashtag (#) #foodie #foodporn #foodshare etc.
So how do you take great food photos using your smartphone to get that mouth watering photo? Here I have 5 simple tips for you:
1. Use natural light
Lighting is really important. It affects the quality of the image. You don’t really need to have those fancy lighting equipment. We have mother nature provides us.. yes, the natural sunlight. As an amateur I like taking photos during daytime when it’s nice and sunny. When I go out to eat and want to take photos of my food, I prefer to get a table close to the window or take a photo outside to get a lot of natural light.
2. Take multiple photos from different angles
I usually take photos from above to get the full plate photo but taking multiple pictures from different angles give you more options to choose which photos to post than taking 1 photo and realize later on that you took a bad shot or not what you expected. Take multiple photos and pick your favorite shot later.
3. Add simple props
Adding props to your food makes the photos looking more appealing. Just make sure you don’t overdo it. Keep it light,simple and something that is related to your subject. You want the food to be the star in the photo so keep the props a minimum.
4. Use light/clean background
This is related to tip#3. Make your background clean or blurry so the food will be the main focus, your star. You don’t want to get distracted from the background of the photo (#photobomb!)
5. Add filters / photo editing apps
Adding filters or editing your photos before posting helps make your photo look stunning! Like I said before, don’t overdo it or it will ruin the quality of your photo. You can adjust the brightness,contrast or crop the photo that you want. There are so many photo editing apps right now that are free. I use Instagram’s filters and camera+ for my photos.
Thanks for reading and I hope you find this post helpful.
Just to let you know that I am not a professional photographer nor a expert in this. These tips are based on my experience on taking food photos for my blog and other social media sites and thought of sharing what I’ve learned with you.
Remember to have fun what you are doing and enjoy eating! 🙂
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