Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tips on how to get better pictures of your food

The first tip is obvious, but it's important enough to repeat: use natural lighting whenever possible. If that means taking your dinner outside to take its picture before you eat it, then do it. If you'd like to shoot a dish at a restaurant, request a table near a window. Try your darndest not to use the automatic flash on the front of your camera. This creates harsh, unflattering light for your food. And no one wants to eat harsh, unflattering light.

Plain old fruit salad becomes a great picture when taken outside and up close.

Set your camera on something or use a small tripod if your lighting isn't ideal so your picture stays very sharp. I personally don't have a small tripod in my pocket at all times (innuendo? not sure.), so I usually just put my camera on top of a glass or some such thing to keep it steady.

If macro is a feature on your camera, use it. The closer you get to the food, the better the shot usually looks. Try to get the most interesting part in focus. It's okay, and often desirable, to have the other parts slightly out of focus--i.e., go with a shallow depth of field.

If you have a slightly fancy camera and you like pushing buttons, try lowering the f-stop to get an even more shallow depth of field.

Even Red Beans and Rice (almost) look perrrdy using the shallow depth of field trick!

Just keep trying. The more you practice taking pictures of food, the better you'll get!


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