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So you want to be a food blogger, or perhaps you love to create masterpieces in the kitchen and share those delectable dishes with the masses?
Food photography is something that anyone can do. But if you want to keep the attention of your readers, you must draw them in with quality photos. Beautifully composed photographs are a “must-have” element of any food blog post.
5 Tips for Composing a Fabulous Food Photo
1.) Invest In Camera Equipment
A good camera (and knowing how to use it) has been my greatest investment as a food blogger. When I got everything out of my point and shoot that I could, it was time to upgrade to something more professional. I have definitely gotten my money’s worth out of it.
– Kate, Good Life Eats
We live in a visual world, and while some people may be drawn in by prose, others are hooked by the eye candy dancing in front of them.
– Shaina, Food for my Family
2.) Get Educated About Food Photos
Invest time and energy in fine-tuning your talent as a food blogger. If you are creating posts about food, you already have a passion for creating the dishes. You also probably have a discerning palette and know what makes the difference between a good meal and a fabulous one. Your next step is to round out that knowledge base with photography expertise. Educate yourself on best practices for photography. If you want to be taken seriously, then you need to read articles, books and blogs. There are many food bloggers open and willing to share their talents with you. Make a little time each day to read and apply the lessons you learn.
Here are some great places to start:
- Photo Tutorials on The SITS Girls (actionable tips to improve your photography skills)
- White on Rice Couple: Principles of Food Photography (free tutorials)
- Vegan Yum Yum: Food Photography for Bloggers
- Learn Food Photography
3.) Be A Food Fashionista
Styling and staging your food is just as important as the quality of your photograph. Think ahead about accessories that can be used to add to the visual appeal of your dish. Choose colorful and interesting pottery, fabrics and cutlery to compliment your dish. Top off your dish with colorful garnishes. Foods that are bland in color can be made more beautiful by placing them on a visually interesting platter and adding a colorful garnish.
And if you only have a few extra minutes, check out these 10 quick and dirty styling tips from Learn Food Photography. It is a quick read over morning coffee before you rush out to work.
4.) Spice Up Your Food Photographs
Taking a varied approach to your photography help you to keep your readers’ interest.
Experiment with lighting, depth of field, and staging. That’s right! You can invoke emotion through food photos. If you’re putting together a seasonal dish, consider composing the photo in such a way that it brings the emotion of that season through your staging, lighting and backdrop. When readers come to your blog, they may be looking for a good recipe, but if you also give them an experience, they will remember and continue to return.
5.) Create A Food Photography Tool Kit
Create a kit of materials that you will use for each and every food photo creation. By putting all of your materials together, you will be efficient and your photos will be consistent in composition.
Your tool kit could include the following:
- Tripod, extra lenses, speed light
- Styling tools like q-tips, paint brushes, tweezers, oil to make food glisten, small spritzers and squeeze bottles (source: Gourmande Kitchen)
- Clippings of food styling you admire
- Books with quick reference tips on lighting, ISO, aperture etc.. especially if you are a novice.
- Laptop with Photo editing software at the ready. Also, consider using a free and easy photo editing program that is great for beginners.
Get the Food Blog You Want
Food blogging is something that one must be passionate about to do well. Use the above tips, as well as those in our previous Food Blog Niche posts to get you on the right track:
[email protected] for the soul says
These are all great tips! I find that just like finding your own blogging “niche” or blogging “voice”, food photography “style” is the hardest thing to discover. It’s something that I’m playing around with and kind of getting my hands dirty with to truly see what style is best suitable for me! There are sooo many great photographers out there that I admire, and sometimes I get stuck in between them when it comes to being inspired by their work.
I’m a horrible food photographer, so luckily I don’t feel the need to do it often. Definitely hoping to put some of these tips to use the next time around.
WOW this is some great information for me, being a new food blogger myself…I had no idea they had these tips out there and i always wondered how to do food photography!! Thanks for posting this for this novice food photographer! 🙂
Great tips! Food photography can be lots of fun!
While mine is not primarily a food blog, I DO frequently post photos along with recipes and I always fret over the presentation. Thanks for the tips and links to even more. You just upped my Food Photography IQ by a mile.
Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, Kimberly Gauthier Photography says
These are fantastic tips. I love love love food photography and get such a kick out of taking pictures of things while I’m cooking. It was tough getting used to taking breaks to snap pics while cooking, but once I get there was no stopping me. What’s funny is that I was never really into cooking until I got into food photography.
Thanks for sharing all of this great information.
Thanks for these tips! When I started blogging I had no idea that I would have to learn much, much more about photography. I’m on my way but not there yet…
Maria @ Cheeky Pink Tulip says
If you can’t get enough of GORGEOUS pics of food, I wholeheartedly recommend http://www.foodgawker.com. They’ve got an iPhone app as well. Last thing I look at before bed and first thing I look at when I wake up…aside from my husband of course!
Narelle @ Cook Clean Craft says
I’m trying to improve my food photography. Thanks for all the links. I’ve got some reading and practising to do!
Love this post! I am always trying to make my foodie pictures better and this post will definitely help thank you.
Marie Cole says
I don’t take pics of food…BUT I love looking at photos of food and all of those pics above look GREAT!
really good stuff, thank you!
Sarita Edgerton says
makes me hungry!
Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 says
What an incredible list of resources and ideas! Thank you so much!
Thanks for the awesome tips. I blog about daily life and sometimes I have some great creations in my kitchen that I will love to share with my readers.
Thanks Again for tips.
Sue the Desperate Housemommy says
Love this. I dabble in food photography on occasion, but it’s always spur-of-the-moment *read: OMG! This plate set in front of me looks INCREDIBLE! Must memorialize!* If I ever get my act together and plan ahead, I am SO using the tool kit idea. Thanks!
Thank you, thank you!
When Pigs Fly says
A couple of great places to go to get some ideas on food photography and sites where the photos of food just look great are. http://www.thepioneerwoman.com and http://www.joythebaker.com.
Both of these gals do a fantastic job of showcasing their dishes. The Pioneer Woman also give advice on photography in general.