As my passion for food blogging has grown I have been trying to teach myself how to improve my photography. Lets face it, food pictures make or break your recipes. Something that tastes amazing may be unappetizing in pictures. On the flip side of the coin, I’ve had truly disgusting meals that looked fantastic.
As a food blogger, people tend to flock to visually amazing pictures. This is why there are so many sites to which bloggers can contribute pictures linked to their blog posts. These sites are often very selective in the pictures they allow. I have yet to get anything through Foodgawker’s iron gates, I recently got a couple pictures approved on Tastespotting and I’m very proud of my gallery on FindingVegan. But the goal is to produce better pictures that attract wider audiences.
Well, the goal other than convincing my mother that she can live without lettuce is to improve my food photography. So as I learn, I plan on posting some of the resources I find in blog posts.
The Boogie Blog – Food Photography Tips:
A very comprehensive blog post with sections on camera equipment, lighting, software, food styling, backgrounds & boards, angles, framing, and props & prop shopping. It’s full of beautiful pictures to inspire imitation. A couple select tips:
When photographing outdoors, only photograph in shaded areas. I repeat, only photograph in shaded areas
As a food blogger, you want your pictures to tell a story. Having at least one shot of the complete subject(s) will let the viewer know what they’re looking at.
Health Blog Helper – The 10 Commandments of Food Photos:
Gives 10 tips for better food photography including going flash-free, using a tripod and editing your images before using them. It’s written in a cute slightly humorous way.
3. Honor thy tripod. You can get one of these little miracles for under 10 bucks. Without it, I can’t get that annoying “shaky photo” icon off the screen.
Hollaback Health -Don’t Feel Guilty If… you have a Cheap Camera:
I may have an older DSLR but I still occasionally use a little $150 Cannon point and shoot. Especially if the lighting conditions are low. A lot of beginner or not for profit food bloggers don’t have the money to invest in all sorts of camera equipment (but a girl can dream). Leah gives a bunch of tips for taking fantastic food photos without all the doodads.
the crop tool is your BFF. No one wants to see a pic of your sandwich with a Dumpster in the background. If your food is the focus of the pic, crop unwanted background noise OUT!
Green Food, Green Thumb, High Heels – Food Photography
The experiences of an amateur food blogger with “sub standard equiment” are actually full of great and educational tidbits. I enjoyed some of the tips she had that some of the bigger sites seemed to be missing.
Make sure you have a splash of color in your photos. Color is what is eye catching. Napkins, place mats, flowers, utensils… anything can add a pop of color if you use it appropriately.
Taylor Takes a Taste – Photography Tips, Tricks and Tutorials
Mariah from Pictures, Pups and Pies recommended this site. It’s not so much a single list of tips but links to other articles by Taylor to improve your food photography. It’s nice to see tips from one of the more successful food bloggers.
What are your favorite food blogging photography tips? Any favorite links you would like to share?