Do you want to do incredible food photography?
Fortunately, capturing gorgeous images of food isn’t hard. In fact, anyone can do it.
You just have to know a few tricks.
I’m Rachel Korinek, professional food photographer.
And I’m going to teach you how to create stunning food photos.
Let’s get started.
Shoot With Sidelight for Gorgeous Food Photography
It’s one of the most important elements in amazing food photography.
And the best light for food photography?
(Sidelight is light that comes from the side of the food–the right or the left. This is in comparison to front light, which comes from over the photographer’s shoulder, and backlight, which comes from behind the food.)
Sidelight is the most common type of light direction found in food photography.
It’s very flattering. And it complements most dishes.
Plus, sidelight creates shadows–and shadows add depth to the shot.
You can also place a diffuser between the light and your setup–which will add a slightly softer look to the photo.
Shoot With a Deep Depth of Field for the Best Food Photography
Here’s another tip for amazing food photography:
Shoot with a deep depth of field.
That is, use an aperture of f8 and beyond–to make the whole image sharp.
In food photography, you want to create a food scene . You want an arrangement of food that tells a story. And you want the viewers to be sucked in.
But shooting with wider apertures? It won’t give the viewer enough depth to connect with the food.
Much of the food will be blurred, and viewers won’t appreciate the shot.
Instead, it’s important that you make the whole image sharp–by using a deep depth of field.
If you’re shooting from directly above the food, f5.6 or f8 is an excellent aperture choice.
That way, the whole photo will be tack sharp.
However, I also suggest that you experiment with different apertures.
Take some food photos at every aperture–and compare them. See which you like best.
In general, a deep depth of field is perfect.
But by experimenting, you’ll find your own personal food photography style.
Use Multiple Angles to Tell Stories
In food photography, the best photos are not snapshots.
The best photos tell stories. These photos set a scene with the food. A scene that draws the viewer right in.
And here’s one way to tell stories:
Shoot from multiple angles. And then present the photos together, side-by-side.
There are a few angles that I recommend you start with…
First, the overhead angle.
This angle is exactly as it sounds. You shoot the food from directly overhead.
It’s easy to execute. And it makes for some stunning photos.
Then, once you’ve taken the overhead shot, change your angle.