5 Food Photography Tips You Can Use Right Now
With a new year comes the optimism of a fresh start, and maybe for you, a new food blog! Whether you’re into any aspect of food photography, including food blogging, owning a food business, or just having fun on Instagram, we’ve rounded up five of our best actionable food photography tips from five of our current Baked members – Heidi Richter, Kris Osborne, Kelly Neil, Alexandra Daum, and Kelly Brisson.
1. Negative Space Is Your Friend – Heidi Richter
Negative space helps draw your viewer’s attention towards the main subject, and helps define its boundaries. It’s an important factor to consider when undertaking any visual art because, overall, negative space helps create a pleasing focused image. Keeping props to a minimum also saves a lot of time. Minimal styling and negative space effortlessly work hand in hand.
2. Choose Your Ingredients Wisely – Kris Osborne
It’s very hard, if not impossible, to make an overripe avocado look vibrant and green, or a smooshy raspberry look sturdy and plump. Starting with the best looking ingredients, increases your chances of a nicer finished photo, a smoother, less frustrating shoot, and minimal time spent editing. Choose the freshest-looking, best ingredients you can afford and find; don’t be afraid to carefully examine multiple pieces of produce before choosing the heroes that will make it into your shot. Be sure to consider colour, shape, and blemishes. For example, if you’re photographing limes purchase the greenest, smoothest, limes you can find, avoiding scratches and brown spots. And consider buying extra ingredients for back up. Herbs and greens wilt quickly, berries soften when touched too much, and do you ever truly know what’s going inside an avocado? It can be like a game of Russian roulette! A trip to the grocery store when you’re in the middle of shooting is a time-waste and a bummer. So if you pick wisely, you’re already halfway there.
3. Opposites (Almost Always) Attract – Kelly Neil
A simple and effective tip for styling food for food photography is to choose opposite colours from the colour wheel. In very simple terms, you can think of it in terms of warm colours versus cold colours. On the warm side of the wheel you have hundreds of shades of orange, red, yellow, and pink, while the cooler tones on the wheel encompass the range of blues, greens, teals, and purples. Next time you are shooting a dish, and trying to decide which props to use, take a look at the colour of your food, then choose props of opposite colour. For example, the bright orangey-red of this tomato-based minestrone, pops against the cool opposite tones of blue and white.
4. Go Neutral – Alexandra Daum
If you’re just starting out (or move around a lot like I do) it can be helpful to stick to a neutral palette of matte whites, greys, beige, neutral woods, and blacks for props and backgrounds. I often use the same handful of plates, backgrounds, and serving dishes, however, using neutral tones keeps the focus on the food, and it allows flexibility with the amount of props you need to buy. Styling with fresh ingredients, and adding natural elements like greenery or flowers, means people won’t notice you’re using the same handful of props all the time.
5. Look For Natural Texture – Kelly Brisson
Whether it’s a droplet of water on a leafy green, the swirls and ridges of uncooked pasta, or the stringy, fuzzy flesh inside a pumpkin, honing in on your food’s natural textures and lines always makes for an eye-grabbing shot.
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