Tips for Amazing Food Photos
So you decided that you want to become a food photographer – congratulations, but be ready for a lot of learning. It takes a great deal of practice, and a lot of research, to be able to become a photographer who can truly make food shine in a photo. Often a professional Dallas food photographer will have studied for years underneath an already established food photographer before they go on their own. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up your dream of becoming a food photographer. Texas novices have certainly done it with style in the past, but it does mean that you need to do a great deal of practicing and learn a lot before you can offer your services to the public. Here are a few tricks that should help you on your journey to becoming a great food photographer.
Let’s start with the basics – angles. A straight on photo of a cheeseburger looks appealing, but is it appealing enough? What if you were to add some fries to the photo and to shoot the photo of the cheeseburger through the fries, with the fries out of focus in the foreground and the burger in focus the background? Will the photo work? You’ll have to try it, but it is definitely a photo that you will not find anywhere else, and that is one thing that you need to think about when you’re shooting photos of food.
In order to get your photos the attention that they will eventually deserve, you need to shoot at various angles. The best way to practice is to create one – and to shoot it in as many different angles as you can possibly imagine. When you’re editing the photos you will discover which angles worked, and which angles did not. Then, create an entirely different dish and do the same thing. Yes, this can take a while but it is one of the best ways to truly learn the art of food photography.
Cut things up! A photo of a cake sitting on a pedestal may be appealing, but even more appealing is a photo of a slice of the cake. Why is that more appealing? Because you can actually see inside the cake. You can see what you would be eating if you were to actually have that cake in front of you right now, which definitely makes it more appealing. You will find almost anything looks better if you cut it up when you take a photo of it. Even a photo of vegetables will look better if they are sliced up rather than if they are not.
And finally, don’t be afraid to cheat. Freshman photographers cheat all the time – do you really think a couple that is cutting their wedding cake is captured perfectly without posing for it? The same is true in the food photography industry. An artist who wants to make food in San Antonio look hot may take a few wet cotton balls and microwave them, hiding them behind the photo in order to create the effect of steam. Do a little research and you’ll find a bunch of different ways you can cheat when it comes to your food photography.