120 Food Photography tips and tricks from photographers in 2021


The smell of a freshly-cooked meal is something most people will never forget. But if you're doing food photography, then that too can be a challenging task. Luckily for all aspiring food photographers out there we've collected 120 photography tips from experienced food photographers.

No matter what type of camera you are using, food makes a great still life subject, whether you are using a smartphone or a professional model. You can surely produce some artistic results with such a simple, yet intriguing subject and a bit of good lighting and composition. The art of celebrated food photography isn't all about taking a picture of your dinner plate and posting on social media. It is lot more than this. Like other forms of photography, food photography has specific rules you have to follow to make sure you capture stunning images that have brilliant colors, textures and shapes.

And if you need some more assistance in photographing your dishes do give us a call or drop us an email message with photo requirements and specifications – our team would be happy to help!


Here is a list of tips and tricks from the photographers:

1. RAW MODE

If using a professional DSLR camera, clicking pictures in RAW provide a very flexible scope to edit the photograph later.

2. USE A TRIPOD

Using a tripod or any stand stability changes the outcome drastically. A more stable camera shifts the focus of the lens to the details of the subject rather than just a photograph.

3. INCORPORATING MOTIONS OR MOVEMENTS

This is one of the best ways to bring life into any kind of food photography. Including movement of water, cream or the smallest little motion in the photograph gives dept to the picture.

4. DIFFERENT HEIGHTS

Experimenting with heights for different subjects works very well.


5. USE THE MANUAL MODE

Using the manual mode of the camera opens up a lot of control and allows the photographer to change the settings like shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. This can be of great use in creative food photography and allows you to experiment a lot.

6. CHOICE OF LENS

The kind of lens used is very essential in photography, as it determines the scale of photographs as well the bokeh that will be incorporated.

7. WORK WITH THE APERTURE

To shoot a table-scape use a higher aperture to make sure everything is in focus. You can also use natural light to ensure this if there is a paucity of light.

8. STORAGE IDEAS

Frequent change or formatting of SD cards and carrying extra cards and hard disks is a ground rule for a photographer to never run out of an opportunity to capture.

9. SELECTION OF RIGHT EQUIPMENT

For a quick restaurant photo shoot, a camera, a reflector, a light, and a tripod may suffice. However, for a large commercial food photography shoot, multiple camera bodies, multiple lenses, lights, and tripods are required.

10. PROPS

Buying or renting props for photography or backdrops bring a new effect to the pictures and bring out the colours in the dish. The props have to enhance the food elements that you want to showcase.

11. USE OF MOBILE PHONE

If shooting for non-commercial/person blog/feed work, the mobile is sufficient. Using the right applications for post-shoot touch up is essential though.

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12. WIDE-ANGLE LENS

Even though not every photographer recommends using a wide-angle lens, experimenting may lead to unexpected but desirable results. Wide-angle lens can also ensure that you do not miss any complementary elements in the photograph.

13. BATTERY BACKUP

Keeping battery backup is another ground rule. This rule is essential whether you are a professional photographer or maybe just taking photos of food as a food blogger.

14. NEGATIVE SPACE

Giving the subject some room and using the negative space is a very good idea in all kinds of photography. Negative space is basically the space that is surrounding the main product in the food shot. It is used to give breathing space and make the food images look uncluttered in professional food photos.

15. FRESHER, THE BETTER

The fresher the food, the more vibrant, better the results will be.

16. EXPERIMENTATION WITH THE SETUP

This basically means that you have to experiment with the lighting conditions, use variations like overhead shots, maybe experiment with the food selection (using colorful food items), and so on. Doing so will enhance the effect in the picture.

17. SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD

Shooting with shallow depth of field will give a soft blur to the background and give the subject some clarity. Depth of Field is mainly used as a technique to draw the viewer's attention to a particular part of the photograph, by obscuring the other details. The amount of light that you have can also affect the Depth of Field to a large extent.

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18. AVOID CLUTTER

If anything does not fit or tie the picture together, it must be ditched. If that is not possible using the above tip of using the depth of field to hide the clutter can also work well.

19. USING NATURAL LIGHT

The overuse or rather use of too much flash must be avoided. This depends a lot on the location and the local lighting conditions too. You can use artificial lighting when needed, but just avoid overusing it.

20. CLEAN BACKGROUNDS

The background must be kept plain and uncluttered. Using complex designs or textures in the backgrounds has to be avoided.

21. THE SHOOTING ANGLE (15 DEGREE)

Having a fifteen-degree shooting angle works very well. The full arrangement of the food done on the plate becomes visible with a little perspective angle of it. This is ‘the angle’ in which most of the food photographs are clicked and is the best to click pictures of cold drinks, any kind of coffee or just any kind of drink.

22. THE SHOOTING ANGLE (25-30 DEGREE)

This angle is used to show the horizon of the background of the food giving the observer a little bit of a story. If the food is served on an open plate, it is the best angle as it clearly exhibits the food and its thickness. This is a very important aspect of food photography.

23. THE SHOOTING ANGLE (45 DEGREE TILT FORWARD)

This angle is close to food served to you on the serving table just waiting for you to eat. This angle is best when it is a shoot for soups or one-pot-made meals.

24. THE SHOOTING ANGLE (STRAIGHT ON)

Or the horizontal shot. This is the angle in which the food items like sandwiches and burgers are shot. This is similar to a 0-degree angle shot.

25. THE SHOOTING ANGLE (90 DEGREE)

This is the angle that makes it easier to make a composition as the depth of field can be eliminated. Proper light is of the essence in such shots and avoiding shadows can be a task.

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26. LOST IN SPACE

This is the type of food that is only important because it has no history. This is a very tight shot and the object of the photograph almost fills the screen totally. In a softbox setup where the backdrop is fully white and it makes the food look like it's cropped, they are often clicked.

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27. TILT AWAY

The camera is tilted slightly to the left in this shape, so the image appears to be tilted clockwise. This perspective makes the food look like it's pulling away from you, giving the audience the urge to pursue the food.

28. PERSPECTIVE SHOT

The camera is centred above the front of the subject, then once the subject fills the frame, the camera is tilted up.

29. DIAGONAL SHOT

You can take a photo here in such a way that the subject begins from one corner of the frame and ends at another corner that diagonally spreads the food in the frame.

30. CLEANLINESS WHILE TAKING PICTURES OF FOOD

Double-checking the plates for smudges and table clothes for creases. They are easy to fix and create a lot of difference.

31. FULFILLING THE BRIEF

If doing a commercial shoot, it's important to communicate and understand the brief. Fulfilling the brief is as important as getting a great shot.

32. COLOURS OF THE PHOTOGRAPH

Creating a mood board before shooting can help. Choosing the perfect colours in sync with the dish is very, very important. Choosing the right abstract containers and crockery plays a very important role in the game of presentation.

33. PLAYING WITH SHADOWS

Soft shadows generated by efficiently diffused natural light can give your image depth and generate a lot of visual interest.

34. INCORPORATING LIFE

Hands or any sense of life, makes food photos feel more realistic. If you want to avoid having a food photo look too artificial, involve some hands or movements.

35. PRACTICE WITH THE FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY METHODS

Practicing the shot before and practicing, in general, is very, very essential. Many food photographers spend a lot of time trying various food photography methods to get the best result. And as the common saying goes, practice makes the man perfect.

36. QUALITY OF LIGHT

Lighting is one of the mainstays of creating beautiful food photography and having the right quality of light can mean the difference between great photographs and just average ones. This is also the reason that when we depend upon artificial lights, choosing them wisely is a must.

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37. CONTINUOUS LIGHTING OR STROBE LIGHTS

Depending on the kind of food or any other product being photographed, you can choose between continuous lighting or flash. Sometimes flash may have to be avoided as this kind of lighting may create hard shadows and at other times continuous lighting may just not be strong enough.

38. CHOOSING THE RIGHT BACKGROUND

The colour of the food would strongly impact the background colour or texture. Having a complementing colour that also contrasts well with the food can go a long way in the aesthetics of the food photograph. Depending on the food colour and the kind of presentation you wish to accomplish, you can use light backgrounds, neutral backgrounds, or dark backgrounds

39. EDITING THE PICTURES OF FOOD

Shooting the food from the point of view of the editing that you may want to do later on is also of the essence. This is vital as you can plan the shooting technique, settings, and the elements of the photograph beforehand and ensure that you get the desired result.

40. NATURAL LIGHTS

Sometimes the best way of getting the colours to come out well could be simply by removing the curtains and allowing the natural window light to come in. Natural lighting also adds to the food styling and makes the food look more classic.

41. DIRECT SUNLIGHT

While on the topic of lights, one thing that can serve you well is using a light cutter and reflectors to cut and reflect the sunlight, especially when you are shooting in an outdoor area.

42. TABLE SETTING

Getting the right kind of settings for the table can also make the photography look much more appetizing.

43. COMPOSITION

Like any other photography, getting the right balanced composition can make your work stand out. Following simple techniques like the rule of thirds can go a long way in helping you get the right kind of photograph.

44. KNOWLEDGE OF SOFTWARE

If you are in the photography field, then knowledge of software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom can give you much better control over rectifying your work or even enhancing it later. This also increases the various artistic possibilities of creating varied outputs.

45. SHUTTER SPEED

Doesn't that ice cream look appetizing? Well, this may have got a lot to do with the shutter speed than the ingredients. Shutter speed is often a forgotten element in food photography. Faster Shutter speed? Or maybe a slower shutter speed? So many possibilities can be confusing. For a Handheld camera, the rule is that your shutter speed should be twice the length of your lens. So if you are using a 50mm lens, your minimum shutter speed should be 1/100th of a second. If you are using a 100mm lens, your minimum shutter speed should be 1/200th of a second.

46. FOOD STYLIST

Getting food styling done can really add value to your photography efforts. So if you can afford one, be sure to do so.

47. INSPIRATION

Before starting your food photography process, be sure to refer to cookbooks, food magazines, food blogs, and other similar material to get a better idea to ensure that your work rocks. If you really want to understand the creative process behind food photography, we highly recommend the YouTube video by Lauren Short. Creative Process for Food Photography with Lauren Short.

48. RECIPES

While shooting images of food, ensure that you choose the most visually appealing recipes that use ingredients with a lot of colours.

49. CONSISTENT PORTFOLIO

Having consistent work quality is the best way in which you can ensure that work keeps on flowing to you.

50. USE DUMMY FOOD

This allows you to set up your composition, lighting, and all the other setting perfectly while your main food elements keep their cool in the refrigerator. Bring them our only when you are ready to shoot.

51. OTHER ANGLES

Using the right angle can mean everything in food photography. While we have spoken about some angles, please do not stop experimenting with other angles. While some kinds of food will look great from a top angle, others can look absolutely disgusting. Hence experimenting with angles and using the right angle is of the essence in bringing out the beauty of the food.

52. BACKGROUND OR SURFACE

Using the right kind of background and surface is the key in bringing out the various facets of the food. Using a high contrast theme of using textured background can be of great help in showcasing your food.

53. ISO SETTINGS

As a food photographer aperture and ISO settings are your best friends. High ISO settings can help in bringing out the contrasts in the best way possible. Experimenting with these settings can give you unexpected returns.

54. ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING

Like we have said that using natural light can give you good results, but many times using artificial light and that too coloured lights can really help you in differentiating the background and the foreground.

55. SD CARD QUALITY

Using a high-quality SD card it is always advisable to transfer the data on your hard disk before you preview the photos using a card reader. Many times SD cards become corrupt during a preview by the card reader.

56. WHAT YOU PAY IS WHAT YOU GET

Decide the scope of equipment according to the budget. For a basic shoot with a low budget, a single camera, a basic lens kit, and reflectors would do. But if you get a good-paying gig it is always better to go for the best equipment available, multiple cameras, and light options. The output will speak for itself and can lead to a lot of business your way.

57. USE ACTION

Many food photographers swear by this mantra. Using the candid style of photography, they ask the chef to prepare the food without thinking about the camera and they shoot action scenes while the chef works. Such scenes could include the chef swirling the food, chopping vegetables, and so on. The same trick is used quite a lot in commercial photography too.

58. FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY ADDITIVES

Not all that you see in commercial food photography, in fact, some of the things used to make your food look appetizing can be inedible. For example, the great-looking cheese on the pizza can be glue and the shiny-looking hamburger can actually have a coat of motor oil.

59. FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY LENSES

Some of the best lenses for food photography are block fixed-focus lenses. In this category 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 60 mm lenses with an f/2.8 aperture are preferred by a lot of photographers.

60. CUTLERY

Choosing the best cutlery for your food photo props is a great way of ensuring the food looks aesthetically great. Using colourful cutlery can ensure that your food looks even more appealing.

61. USE PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Using panorama mode to capture a buffet setting goes a long way in showcasing the variety of food in a single click. This is another popular food photography method used by experts to showcase their photography skills.

62. SILHOUETTES

Using lowlights and just showcasing the silhouettes of the food also adds a sense of mystery to your food photographs. This technique is specifically used along with mood lighting to create an exclusive look.

63. USING THE 600 RULE TO AVOID TRAILS DURING LONG EXPOSURE

Many times during a shoot you may be tempted to use long exposures (maybe due to lack of light), but this can also lead to trails in your photography. Wein such circumstances you can use the 600 rule and be sure that you get your cake and eat it too. This rule uses the formula 600 ÷ focal lengths of lens = exposure time. So for example, if you are using a 35mm length your maximum exposure time would be 600 ÷ 35 = 17 seconds. So if you keep your exposure under 17 seconds you will avoid trails.

64.USE LEVITATION TECHNIQUE

Levitation technique is a technique in which a mix of photography and software-based photo manipulation creates the effect of the food being suspended in mid-air. For this food is dropped from a height and using fast shutter speed captured by the camera. To create a better effect, this process may be repeated a number of times with different elements and then using software like Adobe Photoshop combined using various layers.

65. BEST ISO SETTINGS

In food photography, the ideal ISO settings would be 400 or less, and in case this is not possible, ensure that you do not go higher than 1600. Failure to follow this can introduce a lot of noise in your photograph.

66. STYLING TOOLS REQUIRED

Having a number of styling shoots on hand is essential in getting good output. Tools like cotton swabs, paper towels, gloves, and tweezers can be very helpful in carrying out food modification to suit your style.

67. MIST SPRAY

Always keep a mist spray bottle handy, so that you can spray the fruits, vegetables, or salads before the shoot. This will keep them looking fresh and enhance the colour perception.

68. THE GLYCERINE TRICK

When you shoot drinks and have to create a great condensation effect on the glass, but the drops keep on drying or rolling down before the shoot is done....what do you do? Well, you can use a mix of water glycerine and spray it on the glass or the bottle, and now it will stay for a long time. Problem solved.

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70. GRILL MAGIC

Grilling is an art. You can tell how well a steak was cooked by the grill marks on its surface, and if you want to take really good photos, make sure your grill lines have a perfect coat of eyeliner!

71. THE MASHED POTATO TRICK

Mashed potatoes are the oldest tricks in food photography. Photographers and stylists use them for both roasted birds as well as desserts in order to make it easier to shoot pictures of their creations without having messy ingredients all over the place.

72. TO SHAVE OR NOT TO SHAVE

Shaving cream is another saviour in food photos. The whipped cream will melt very fast under studio lights, so it will be a good option to replace it with shaving cream.

73. THE COFFEE TRICK

You saw that great bubbly coffee in the cafe ad, well think twice before drinking it. It just might have a bit of detergent added to give that foamy bubbly effect. Adding soap to the coffee creates better foam and bubbles than real coffee.

74. STEAM IT UP

Steam is another essential ingredient of food photography. Who does not like seeing steam rising from hot food dishes? Well as far as photography is concerned, it is a bit difficult to keep the dishes running hot throughout the shoot, so we came up with a few tricks.

Photographers and food stylists use aroma sticks / agarbattis in order to get steam. Not only that, sometimes wet cotton balls heated in microwave ovens are used. They are added to the food and covered with food particles and they emit steam for quite some time.

And if you really like gadgets then you can use a steamer or vaporizers to add that steam to the shot.

75. THE ACID TOUCH

Another way to keep fruits and vegetables fresh is by adding a tablespoon of ascorbic acid mixed with one cup of water. This mixture should be left on your product for about 15 minutes before being washed off. This will ensure that your food selection looks fresh throughout the duration of the shoot.

76. THE REFLECTION SOLVER

This is a lifesaver food photography tip. With a lot of shiny and glassy objects being a part of a food photoshoot, many times reflections become the bane of food photographers. To overcome this matting spray is used. The matting spray is normally used for glass objects, silverware, ceramics, and metal in order to get rid of the glare and reflections.

77. THE FAN BRUSH

Besides using it on your face, the fan brush can also be considered an essential tool in the kitchen 🙂. The bristles are stiff and perfect for dusting away any crumbs left behind from cooking or baking before taking photos of anything tasty - even if it's right next to food!

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78. FAKE ICE

You saw that great drink with ice cubes brimming on the top? Well sadly in food photography we use a lot of fake ice cubes as the real ones melt away quickly

79. BEST FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY PROPS

To get the best out of your food photographs, it is essential to make sure that you have the following props:

  • Clean Linen
  • Wooden and Ceramic Bowls and spoons
  • Cutting boards
  • Glass Jars and bowls
  • Textured and plain backdrops in various colours
80. SIZE MATTERS

Another food photography tip for commercial food photography is that size matters. The perfect way to make your food look better is by photographing them on small plates. You'll also want to use salad-sized bowls and dishes, not regular dinnerware that dwarfs the dish's contents.

81. MULTIPLE LAYERS

While photographing food try to use multiple layers in the composition. To do this on the lining lay a napkin, on the napkin place the plate, on the plate keep the bowl, on the bowl put food in layers, it could be ice cream with sauce and toppings and so on.

82. ADD IMPERFECTIONS TO THE PHOTOGRAPH

Sometimes going a little mad with the food styling could mean adding crumbs and food particles in a random manner. Please keep in mind that it looks natural and not messy.

83. EAT SOMETHING

Try to experiment while shooting food and show partially eaten things (Just like the Mac Logo). But do not go overboard with this food photography technique.

84. CUT FRUITS OR SOLID FOOD ITEMS IN VARYING SIZES AND SHAPES

When styling for a food photoshoot, try to cut fruits or any solid piece of food like cakes into unequal sizes. You can let go of the symmetry and try to experiment with different shapes and sizes.

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85. PHOTOGRAPH SLIGHTLY UNDERCOOKED FOOD

Food will look more colourful and fresh if it is slightly undercooked. As the food will retain moisture and not look dry, hence it would appear beautiful in the images too.

86. USE COLOUR THEORY

Like any other kind of photography or graphics work, using colour theory can be of great use in food photography too.

The colour theory or colour wheel is one of the most important tools for artists. It helps to establish a logical structure and provides an easy way to organize colors by their relation on a circle. With this, we can easily arrange fruits or vegetables in order from primary hues (reds) all the way up through secondary ones (greens).

The beauty about these theories isn't just how it creates unity - they also offer different creative possibilities as well!

87. THE RULE OF ODDS

A rule of odds states that if you want to take a photo with an interesting and visually pleasing composition, then use at least one odd number in the group rather than using two even numbers. For example, if you are shooting fruit, instead of shooting six fruit pieces just use five or seven. More about rule of odds

88. CAMERA SCREEN

Chances are quite high that the image on your camera screen may look brighter than it would look on a computer screen. So while shooting food product photos, take care to take this into consideration.

89. SPOT METERING

Modern DSLR and SLR cameras have multiple light metering modes that decide from which portion of the composition should the camera consider the aperture settings. For food photography, while shooting in manual mode, spot metering is a better option.

90. SHOOTING TIME

Shooting time is especially very important when you are shooting outdoors. In an outdoor setting, it is always advisable to shoot either early in the morning or late in the evening.

91. DARK-COLOURED BACKGROUND

For dark-coloured foods, a wooden background is preferable as the wood patterns bring out the hues and shades of the food in Photographs.

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92. CONSISTENCY

One of the best ways to improve your photography is by shooting in a controlled environment. Consistency ensures that you focus on the photography, rather than other things When you know what kind of photos you want, it becomes easier for you to plan the shots that will make them look amazing and professional on Instagram or Facebook- no one wants their guests making funny faces when they're trying to take an artsy family photo!

93. WHITE BALANCE

Another important aspect of shooting any kind of image is getting the right colour temperature. While a lot of people prefer using the auto mode for white balance, at times the auto mode can result in the colour fidelity being lost. You can also use the manual white balance options and go beyond the predefined white balance modes, to get creative with the colour tone.

94. EXPOSURE COMPENSATION

Another often overlooked feature is exposure compensation. This feature allows you to increase the light in the picture even at a high aperture.

95. STAND IN ICE CREAM

One of the challenges that you may face while shooting ice cream is its tendency to melt !! When you are setting up your composition and lighting, make sure to save keep the real ice cream in the refrigerator. And instead, use a stand-in ice cream. The stand-in should look like the original subject in design and shape.

96. ADD HUMAN ELEMENTS

Adding human elements to food photography has many benefits. Photographer Arti Sharma from The Jigsaw , based in Mumbai, says that It makes the viewer feel more inclined towards eating a dish themselves, and it also helps with the storytelling aspects of photographing dishes. For ice cream photos, in particular, having an image that includes someone's hand holding onto their cone is very popular among photographers because it gives off the impression that they are able to eat this delicious treat as well - rather than just looking at pictures of other people enjoying them on social media or blogs!

97. COLORFUL TOPPINGS

For food like ice creams, pizzas, smoothies, yogurt, and salads’ use of colourful toppings, a favourite for commercial food photographers. It adds to the vibrance of the photograph and makes it look more appetizing.

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98. POLARIZING FILTERS AND WHITE CARDS

With knives, forks, and glass being the mainstay of a food photoshoot, getting rid of reflections can have you tearing your hair out. But worry not, you can control reflections to quite some extent by using polarising filters and white cards.

99. USE OF REFLECTORS

Reflectors are often the unsung heroes in food photography. The reflectors offers more than just the advantages of producing a soft light without shadows. A professional photographer will be able to take advantage of other features such as bouncing, reflecting, and diffusing that would otherwise require multiple lights or an expensive equipment upgrade in order to achieve these similar effects with a flash unit alone.

100. LIGHT DIRECTION FOR BAKING FOOD

Another important element of food photography is the direction of the lights. For food pictures, you can work with three types of lighting direction. You can work in food photography: side lighting, backlighting, and side backlighting. When you're taking photos of cakes, it's important to avoid frontal light. Sure, this method lights up your cake evenly and avoids shadows behind the subject. But we surely do not want our food looking flat with no life? Right!!

101. USE CAMERA TIMER

A tip given by Photographer Ajit Rao, from Ecommerce Photography Mumbai , talks about Using a delay timer for avoiding blurry photos. He says that this has been a lifesaver for him on numerous occasions, as even a small shake of the camera from pressing the shutter button can give a blurred photo.

And chances are high that you may notice it on the computer. Such slight blurring is very difficult to see on the camera screen.

102. SPICE IT UP

Using various spices and contrasting them with the colour of the background adds a visual flavour to the food image.

Spice is a creative and rather inexpensive food photography idea. Put the spices of contrasting colours on the plates and experiment with the composition.

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103. USING REFLECTORS AS THE MAIN LIGHT SOURCE

You position your food item with the light hitting it from the back, then use a reflector to bounce the light back into the main site of the food item that you want to highlight. By doing this you will get nice soft light on food with a dramatic rim light on the edges of the dish.

104. USE BLACK REFLECTOR TO CREATE DRAMATIC SHADOWS

Playing with shadows is an important aspect of every kind of photography. Commercial photographer Ashish from Thane near Mumbai, India, says that in food commercial photography, we can use a black reflector to achieve the kind of shadows that enhance the scene.

105. USE A SOFTBOX

Using a softbox for photographing food helps in keeping out reflections and diffuses the light to give a soft glow to your food items.

106. TURN OFF ALL INTERNAL LIGHTS

If you are shooting indoors, you can have a mix of lights of various colour temperatures, this can skew the colour of the food during the shoot. So ensure that you switch off all other lights except the ones used during the shoot.

107. SPACE REQUIRED

A good food photoshoot is likely to require adequate space for the lights, reflectors, and camera position. So before starting the shoot, ensure that you have the required space and floor clearance, or else getting the right angles and managing the reflections could become a task.

108. AVOID WHITE

If possible, avoid shooting against a white background and or images with lots of whites. As the areas where the light intensity is low will end up looking grey.

109. USING COLORED LIGHTS OR GELS

To add some class to food pictures, use coloured gels on your light source or use Wi-Fi multi-coloured LED bulbs. This will enable you to achieve a lot of different looks within the same composition by just changing the light colour.

110. COST-EFFECTIVE BACKGROUND

If possible, avoid shooting against a white background and or images with lots of whites. As the areas where the light intensity is low will end up looking grey.

111. USE FIRE

If you are planning to photograph food items that are hot and sizzling, then using fire as an element within the composition livens up the entire photograph.

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112. USE REFRACTION PROPERTIES OF WATER

While shooting clear liquids like water or Vodka, you can use the refraction power of the drink in the glass to make a creative and interesting composition, like the one below.

113. USE INGREDIENTS

Like food photography, while shooting drinks, including the ingredients of the drink in the photograph along with the drink will liven up the photography quite a bit.

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114.BOOK LIGHTING TECHNIQUE

According to Commercial photographer Makrand Joshi from Parel in Mumbai, book lighting technique is a great asset in a food photographer's arsenal. In food photography, the use of chrome and glass creates a lot of reflections, and using this technique the light is double diffused. The light is simply a bounced source of light that is diffused with another layer of diffusion. The light is positioned 45 degrees to the reflector, and diffusion layer. This reduces the reflection on glass and chrome objects to a great extent.

115. ONE LIGHT SHOOT TIP

If you are using just one light to shoot a food item, then it is advisable to also use a reflector in place of fill light. Shooting without the reflector will cause hard shadows and ruin your photograph.

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116 HOW TO KEEP UTENSILS

The crockery and utensils in food photography are integral to the image. But deciding where to put them can be a challenge. One simple tip is keeping all handles towards the viewer, making him or her an important part of your photo shoot. This will make it more appealing for you customer who wants their experience replicated at home--just like they imagine! Eight Hacks for Utensils in Food Photography

117. MICROFIBRE CLOTHES

Microfibre cloths are of great help in food photography. They help in the removal of dust, smudges and fingerprints in such a way that no fibers or residues are left. So, if you use it, you shouldn’t worry about small particles that may appear in the final photo.

118. ITS CARDBOARD SILLY

You may have seen that sumptuous-looking hamburger filled with the goodness of cheese, burger, tomato, and lettuce. But when you buy it, it actually looks much thinner. Well, the secret of the fat hamburger is the layers of cardboard filled between the ingredients to make it look oversized. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MflT0I7ZPCs

119. ADD FOOD FIRST

When you start the process of food photography, always start with placing the food in the composition at the very start. This will give you a better idea of the props and colors to use in the photograph.

120. IT'S BETTER TO BE DULL

Make it all dull!!! Glossy plates and bowls may be pretty but they can make food photography difficult, so go for a matt finish.

Hope you have enjoyed our tips and they help you in your endeavour to shot great food photographs.

Go ahead and experiment, hopefully, these tips will come in handy in getting that perfect shot.

Bon appétit!

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