Eating with your eyes: food photography tricks

We live in a time where a picture of the dish we are about to eat is almost as important as how it tastes. There are a few tricks that can make the difference between just any picture of food and a professional-quality photo. If you’re asking yourself how to photograph food, here are 5 tips on how to photograph recipes.

5 tips on how to photograph recipes

  1. Food is the protagonist, but it’s good to remember that a recipe’s cooking time doesn’t always agree with how photogenic a dish is. Pasta, fish and vegetables, for example, look better when they are semi-cooked.
  2. Background and natural lighting play an essential role: always try to make them work to your advantage! Choose backgrounds that reflect the available natural light so that the colors, texture and presentation of the food stand out.
  3. If you’re asking yourself how to photograph food and which settings will make it look delicious, you must definitely consider a wide-open diaphragm and a very narrow shot that focuses on the dish, without allowing the viewer’s eye to stray and get lost looking at other objects in the room. Also, the use of a tripod can be very helpful when we it comes to food photography.
  4. Never forget the props: forks, knives, spoons, table napkins… in short, all the tableware needed to create a credible situation. Though the recipe may be the focal point of the photo, don’t forget that staging the dish in a likely situation will not only help with the composition of the shot, but will also increase the appeal the photo will have on the viewer.
  5. The camera angle is crucial. There are three main angles in food photography: 

    > The 0 to 15 degree angle highlights the verticality of the dish and is the view which, more than any other, also takes into account a small portion of the room making it, therefore, the most complicated for composition.

    > The 45 degree angle, which is probably the most natural and the closest to the actual view we have of a dish when we’re eating. 

    > The overhead angle, which is the most popular. This camera angle enhances the dish, laying emphasis on it, and portrays it as if it were a true work of art painted on the table.

Now that you’ve learned the 5 tips on how to photograph recipes you can create your own professional food photo gallery on Gallerist. A buyer just might be interested in your recipes!

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