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Food photography is no easy feat. Cooking delicious dishes is one thing, but making them look appetizing with only the sense of sight can be tricky. Taking photographs of your newly crafted recipe, whether it be for a personal blog, a flyer, or just for a memento, requires some skills, although there are some clever tricks to an enticing photo of food.
An expensive camera and/or lens isn’t necessarily the only answer. Using a newly purchased camera or cutting edge lens definitely helps a lot, but both can get pricey. Fortunately boxing week sales are now ongoing to help get you a solid camera without dropping tons of cash, but there are a few other affordable shortcuts too.
Now, I’m not a professional food photographer in the slightest, I just like to eat food, but there are tons of household hacks that can up your food photography game, and I’ve compiled some of the simplest below. Read on and learn to take better photos of your food.
Non-stick cooking spray
- A quick spritz of Pam (or the like) adds a magical glisten to any dish, just be sure not to spray on too much to make the food look shiny like plastic.
Add flair with paper
- Jazz up your run of the mill plate by adding a layer of parchment/baking paper. Use the contrasting angles of the paper and plate itself for some more visual variety.
Set up a background
- A solid colour as a backdrop to your dish, like black or white, will ensure the colours of your food really pop.
Keep it simple
- Don’t go too fancy when it comes to plating foods. Plain without any ornate designs tableware will emphasize the attractiveness of the food itself, rather than being distracting.
Photograph as you go
- Especially crucial if you’re designing a recipe to post, be sure to take some photos of the various steps in your recipe. This will aid in anyone following your instructions, and adds a narrative to the finished dish.
Take a bite, take a photo
- Some foods simply look better after someone’s taken a chunk out of it. Try taking a few more photos after you’ve eaten a few bites and compare to the intact set of images.
Use old cookware to your advantage
- Scratched or overused baking sheets or skillets don’t look bad, they look rustic, and placing your dish inside or alongside some used cookware will add an air of authenticity to the photo.
Plain white paper
- To reflect incoming light, use white printer paper. Fold it and move it around at your leisure, choosing the right angle that will shadow or illuminate your dish best.
This is a sponsored post brought to you in collaboration with Canon.