Jeff Jacobson Photography


Food Photography Tips for Beginners

Photographing food is tougher than it appears. With more experience, my photographs have gotten better (lots and lots of it). The greatest advice I can give on food photography and gear is provided below that will surely attract followers.

How to take excellent food shots

The light is the key factor! My greatest advice for beginners is to become conscious of the light’s strength and how it interacts with the meal so that you may learn to adjust. Here are some starting point suggestions.

Capture pictures in the daylight. Avoid using your built-in flash, lamps, or overhead lighting. Ever!
To find the ideal light source, move around. Do not limit your photography to the kitchen. Perhaps the morning and afternoon hours in your living room provide the optimum lighting.
Try snapping pictures from different perspectives. Certain food dishes, such as pizza, seem better when viewed from above, from the side (burgers), or at a 45-degree angle (drinks). To choose your preferred shot afterwards, try moving around the plate and snapping pictures from different perspectives.
lessen the clutter. If the spoon, napkin or crowded backdrop doesn’t add to the shot, it detracts from the snap. Don’t zoom in so closely that viewers can’t determine what the dish is; instead, concentrate on what’s most crucial.

Where to get food-related photo-ops

Consider your desired style before going prop shopping to avoid wasting money on items that aren’t “you.” If you’re unsure of your photographic style yet, take inspiration from your clothes, home décor, and Pinterest boards. Do you like simple shapes and neutral colors or vibrant and colorful patterns? Buy in accordance.

For intriguing food shots, you don’t require a prop closet. Very likely, you already own goods that will appear excellent in pictures. Be imaginative! Used hankies create amusing napkins, and used baking sheets make intriguing backgrounds.