How to shoot Food Photography

How to shoot Food Photography

You are in a restaurant and your dish is presented on the table. Just before you want to start eating that delicious meal, you take a quick picture of the food (with your smartphone). Just for keeps or to post on Insta of course. If you look at the photo later in the evening, when you're ready to post, you will see that the dish looked much tastier in real life than it looks in the photo. How is this possible? Food photography has not been spoon-fed for most people. However, with the right knowledge you can capture your dishes neatly for a perfect picture. We give you some tips for photographing food with your mobile, because this will come very handy!


1. Main subject

The most important thing in food photography is to believe that the food on your plate is delicious. In other words: people who see your photo should spontaneously get hungry just from looking at it. First ask yourself the following question; What is the main subject of your dish? This could also be the most tastiest ingredient. For example, if your plate of food on a nicely set table is the subject, make sure that the focus is on the plate and blur the background. You can use a portret function on your phone. Are there horizontal lines in the background of your photo? Then make sure that they are really horizontal, so you bring the right balance in your photos.


2. Into the light

Shine bright like a delious dish. The softer the light in your photo, the better the dish will look. When the lighting on your photos comes from the right or left, you create the best effect. This creates back and side lighting and the structure of your food will be illuminated at it's best. When taking a photo with your phone, it is best to shoot in daylight, but beware of the sun or your own shade. Extra tip: if your photo is slightly overexposed, your food will look the freshest and "cleanest". By the way, never shoot with a flash, this is never a satisfier. '


'Your shadows will tell you what your light is doing''


3. Color ingredients

By adding color to your image, the dish will look nicely in the photo. Warm tones do well, use the white balance on your camera or in the photo editing. In addition, contrast can provide that extra wow effect; with a plate of red pasta it is best to use a green placemat. Experiment with different surfaces and boards. In addition, think along with the seasons: light colors in spring and summer photos, dark and warm tones on autumn and winter photos.


4. Side effects

A plate with food in itself is enough for a picture, but also try to experiment with a setting or background in the photo. Do you have breakfast? Add a cup of coffee and a glass of gravy. Do you want to take a picture of your lunch? Then take the corner of your rd-white colored picnic blanket with a piece of grass on the photo. Dinner in the garden? A nice glass of wine next to your plate and shiny cutlery takes the photo to a new dimension. Make sure however that the main focus remains on the dish.


5. Ready set eat

In addition to the setting, there are more clever tricks to make the food more attractive. For example, you can make fruit and vegetables glisten with mist, pepper and salt. Add playfulness to your photo and meat and pasta dishes stay beautiful by rubbing them with some cooking/olive oil. Food that is "prepared" to eat, appeals to the imagination: take one slice out of your pie, cut the bread, pour the dressing over your salad and place your spoon in the soup.


6. The ultimate test

The Markthal is full of delicious products and you will find dishes here from all over the world. In other words: where in the Netherlands could you better practice your Food Photography skills than here in Rotterdam? Based on the tips above, we challenge you to test your knowledge and skills. Please send or share with us the result on Instagram with #markthal. We are so curious!


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