Food Photography Tips

Try these tips for making food photography a snap:

Try to cut foods in somewhat geometric shapes for a more professional presentation.

Arrange items on plate in a manner that showcases the strengths of a dish and its high-value ingredients.

Garnish the dish to enhance the color. Adding chopped parsley gives spaghetti green specks that bring out the red color of the sauce. Adding a lemon wedge to a glass of iced tea takes a drab glass of brown liquid and gives it some juice. Or, consider ladling a sauce on the plate underneath the food, or over the items on the plate.

Place the food on a dish which will enhance the food's color. Obviously, placing a green salad on a green plate will create an amorphous lump in a photograph. Consider a yellow dish to bring out the green of spinach leaves, or a red dish to bring out the green of the lighter romaine leaves.

Place your dish in a setting which will enhance the dish's overall appearance. Place the dish on a flat-colored background, such as a uni-colored table cloth or table surface. If taking a picture from a side-angle, make sure the picture's background will not distort the food in the foreground.

Use as much natural light as possible. A camera flash will actually distort food pictures more often than it will enhance them. Try moving your dish into a well-lit area and have a portable lamp close at hand to prop above the dish.

Stablize your camera. Use a tripod, or prop your camera on a high-back chair to help reduce the photo's blurriness.

Carefully choose the best angle for taking the picture. Examine the shape and features of your dish, to determine whether it looks best from overhead or from a side angle. Often, taking straight on shots of a dish doesn't highlight the dish's more appealling features.

Most importantly, zoom in so the dish fills as much of the picture as possible.