Food photography is a passion just as much as cooking is. Getting the right angle and light to click mouth-watering photos is a skill which takes practice to master. Of course, a good camera will help the cause, but these days, smartphones are equipped with decent cameras. So you need not buy an expensive one just yet unless you are completely sure.
As mentioned earlier, practicing in different lighting, with different food and various ways of styling food is absolutely essential. Many websites will tell you the things you need to buy to get that perfect food click. But we here are going to tell you some inexpensive tips which will help you improve your food photography skills. These tips are virtually zero-budget and are things mostly found in the house.
1. Buying a camera does not mean you spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy DSLR camera and then use it just once or twice a year. You can buy a simple digital point and shoot camera, or use the camera in your smartphone to perfection by following basic photography rules.
2. Natural light is free! So use that and not the flash of your camera while taking pictures. Set up your plate next to a window which has a thin curtain.
3. If you are shooting at night, then your table lamp will come to your rescue. Spread a white parchment paper on a table, use white cutlery and set up the table lamp to light up the plate from a side-top angle. Use a white t-shirt over the lamp, which will act as a light diffuser.
4. Some pretty interesting background options can be found right in your house. Like a curtain with a beautiful design, a wicker chair/table, a stool by the window, table mats, the breakfast tray, a wooden cutting board et al.
5. Post-processing softwares are essential for tweaking the photos you took for minor faults that might have crept in. Some of the best softwares are free, so download them instead of spending on paid softwares.
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