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TIPS FOR FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

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FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

Happy Friday Friends!

Today is the last Friday of the month and as you know I started sharing photography tips on every last Friday of the month. I get lots of compliments on my photography work and images shared here on Place Of My Taste and I really appreciate every single one of them. ♥

Many of you have been asking to share my tricks and tips, and now I am bringing it to you! Last month I shared tips on how to organize your digital photos.

Did you miss it? No worries, click to read about it below.

How to organize your digital photos

Today’s post will give you some great styling tips for food photography. If you are a blogger, you definitely want to display images that people will say “Wow” for. It does not matter if you are not a photographer, learning some basic styling tips will surely help you WOW your readers.When you open up a page and you see a not very appealing image you may just click away, as oppose to seeing a beautiful creation, which will keep you on the page.

How do you like this image?

NO, right?

Food photography sample

This picture below was taken of the same food

Isn’t it much more appealing?

YES, absolutely!

{ If you like Greek food, just CLICK HERE to get the recipe for this amazing SPANAKOPITA🙂 }

Food Photography Tips at Place Of My Taste

Are you ready to take better pictures of your food?

Here are some of my tips!

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LIGHTING is everything!

I only use natural light for my photography. I don’t use flash and I don’t take pictures with lights on. Try to find the brightest spot in your house when you take pictures of your food. That would probably be next to your biggest window or patio door. Don’t be afraid to get on the floor if you need to.

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BACKGROUND

Instead of photographing your food on your table, create a textured background by putting wood panels next to each other. It is the most inexpensive way to add  great background to your images. I even painted some of my wood panels to be able to make my images more interesting. Look at the huge difference below.

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PROPS

Adding the right props are super important. I always try to use props that are going well with my food colors. Visit your closest Goodwill and you will find lots of cups, bowls that are going to make wonderful props. Use different fabrics, scrapbook papers, anything that will give texture to your image. Use ingredients of your food. Drop spices around your plate. Always make sure your  props colors are flowing with your food colors.

For this image below, I placed fall leaves and seeds around my plate to tell a better story with my image.

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Here is another example:

I think white plates are the best and they will give you the cleanest look but if you find a cute, interesting shape bowl and it’s colorful, use it! { see above }

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STYLING

Play around with your props and try different things that will make your images more stylish. Move things around and look into your camera and see what looks pleasing to your eye. Sometimes I drop ingredients in front of the plate to achieve the right composition. Very important to make sure you still keep the focal point of your picture, which should be your food image and not your pops.

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ANGLES

Don’t always shoot one particular angle. Try to shoot your food from different angles, including overhead shoots as well. With overhead shoots you find more possibility to add props around your image that are sill in focus.

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Once you upload you images to your computer do some basic editing on your images. You can use PicMonkey

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or if you have an access to Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop those are great tools as well.

Watermark your images before upload them to your site. It’s your work, wear it proudly!

I hope my tips will help you achieve taking better shots of your food.

Next month I will talk about photographing your interior.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Oh, I have an easy-peasy dinner recipe for you…will be done in 20 minutes, grab the recipe

Chicken Breast with Arugula & Tomatoes (2)

Xoxo~

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13 Comments

    1. You made my morning with your sweet word,Tasha. I hope these tips will help you to take better pictures. I learned a lot myself with practicing,trying, failing and trying even more;-)Have a great Sunday!

    1. Thank You so much, June! I hope you can benefit from these tips! Any questions, just let me know!Have a great day!

  1. These are AWESOME tips! I don’t have the capability of photographing with natural light as all my pictures are taken at night; I bought myself a VERY fancy set of studio lights and my images are not even comparable! I need to remember to watermark my photos, that really gives photos an extra touch.

  2. I am devouring all these photography tips, Anniko! I so need them! Thanks for the encouragement that you don’t need to be a professional to wow someone with your pics! I’m excited to try some of the techniques you mentioned. Your pictures are always amazing and love following you!! 🙂 (If you have a spare sec. I’d love for you to link up any of your amazing posts to our link up party, up on my blog till tomorrow please 🙂 Thanks girl, and have a fabulous rest of the week!

    1. You are so sweet, Kendra!I really hope that my super easy tips can help others to get better pics:-)I am coming to check out your party now, girlfriend!!Have a fantastic week!Xoxo

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