Photographing food is the most exciting and appetizing experience for anyone who may or may not be a professional photographer. Many people develop it as a hobby and many pursue it as a profession. And there are thousands who just casually photograph food. No matter what category you fall in, you can still improve your food photography skills.
You don't have to read manuals and go through tutorials to learn the art of food photography. Just keeping some points and techniques in mind does the work. The points we will be discussing in the later section on this post are very simple and easy to follow. There's no rocket science involved. Just few tips to improve & develop your skills. If you ever wanted to capture a great shot of the food you made or the dinner you had at a fancy restaurant, then you must read the tips listed below.
So here they go:
1. Natural light : Light is the most important element of food photography. It makes your food photos look better and colorful. Overhead lighting and flash just ruin your photos. So make sure you use natural light and lots of it. It is advisable that you should photograph your food near a window where you have lots of natural light. Avoid direct sunlight as well.
2. White balance: White balance will ensure a fantastically colorful photo. With a spot-on white-balance you would be able to capture photos that look absolutely delicious and mouth-watering. So, to make viewers drool over your capture work on your white -balance.
3. Experiment with bokeh & selective focus : Sometimes a selective focus does the trick to highlight an element. Bokeh is the artful blur added to the background and out-of-focus parts in the frame. Using this technique you can bring viewer's eyes to a particular subject in your picture.
4. Take shots from various angles : Taking shots from varied angles will help you shoot better. There might be a dish / food that look average from the top of it, whereas it may look lip-smacking from the side angle. So put digital photography in use and click as many pictures as you can from various angles.
5. Choose smaller sized plates: As such there is no rule for selecting the size of your plate. You may choose any size, but, a small plate works brilliantly for food photography.
Bonus tip: Be simple, use simple crockery and tableware when you photograph food. pay all the attention to the food and not the plate / bowl you are serving in.
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