Taking Better Food Photos
It’s hot in Georgia during August. Too hot to be slaving over a hot stove and that’s for sure. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve been firing up the grill so much over the last few weeks. My hubby is a real “Grill Meister” and loves to cook out. Suits me too as all I have to worry about are the veggies which lately have been mostly salad straight from the garden – I know, I know, I’m turning granola.
Anyways, as usual I have to incorporate photography into everyday actives and last night’s dinner provided me with a great opportunity to shoot for my new upcoming course “Better Blog Photos.“ So while Sam was slaving away over a hot grill I was setting up some great food shots.
We also seized the opportunity to try out some awesome chicken from Zaycon foods. You can see from the pics this really was some of the freshest and tastiest chicken I’ve ever eaten. And Yes… of course Sam’s grilling technique played a part of it too
Like I’ve said many times before photography is all about good lighting and food photography is no different. One of the biggest mistakes for shooting food photography I see most people make is shooting with the flash on. This results in flat images such as this:
Food is a still object and therefore it’s easier to capture without the use of flash so I suggest turning your flash off and just using whatever light you have available to you. Remember that in order to be successful doing this you also need to hold your camera super steady or ideally use a tripod.
Already the picture is looking more appetizing and it’s only veggies
Now we see that the next issue that we have is that the color isn’t exactly right.
The lights that most people have in their kitchen, although bright may give your photo an artificial color cast. This can be corrected in your camera by adjusting the White Balance setting.
Look for the WB icon in your camera menu and consult your manual to see what the different icons mean. Change it until you get a more natural light effect.
Now that the settings are a little better I can think about composition a little more.
Rather than hovering above the food, lower your camera and take a closer shot from a lower angle.
Now I’m getting hungry!
Just by doing those 3 simple things -
1. turning off my flash
2. adjusting the White Balance setting
3. lowering my angle of view
I’ve improved my shot dramatically. Give it a try for your next foodie pics.
If you’d like to try out Zaycon food’s convenient food service, save some bucks as well as experience great food like the chicken above, you can check out their site here to find out more information. They have a pretty unique concept going on and it’s a great money saver.
If you’d like more detailed information on how to take better photos like this then watch out for my new course “Better Blog Photos” coming this Fall.