Shooting dishes, sweets and all kinds of food are very popular in the world of mobile photography. But who loves food photography know that it means more than just sharing lunch time images on social networks.
Food is an excellent subject for still life photography and you can achieve incredible artistic results. Here, you’ll discover 10 tips for taking amazing food photos with your smartphone.
Start by shooting ingredients and fresh food that are always interesting subjects. In the example below the ingredients become an interesting pattern. The vegetables are fresh and not cooked and therefore they retain vivid colors.
Think of seasonal fruit to make your image more sellable. Apricots, peaches and cherries are good subjects. You can create interesting contrasts, like for example, in the first image you can see a strong difference between the subject and the background. The red cherries are in contrast with the neutral wood. This is a simple way to bring out the subject. Also by using common objects, like a basket, your photo can recall daily life scene.
Or you can focus on details
Apart from the subject, light is the key for creating a perfect still life photo. There are different types of light, natural daylight or artificial light. A little trick if you are shooting indoors is to use the natural light from a window to illuminate the subject.
Or you can illuminate food with an artificial light such as a lamp.
Try different angles when shooting food. Get creative, look the example: the image below is taken with a different perspective. The top view allows you to dominate the composition.
You can keep it simple, especially if your subject has a bold color and a strong shape. For a stronger visual impact, position your subject in the center of the frame, and don’t use any heavy decorations. Take out from your frame the stuff you don’t need.
Create also contrast with the background. When shooting a food photo, the background is very important. If it’s too messy or colorful, the viewer’s attention will be drawn away from the food. There are many objects that you can use as your background, think about wooden tables, tea towels or tablecloths.
Or look for Colors, that have a big impact on your composition. The photo below shows a composition made with vibrant colors. Keep in mind the different types of color for example bright colors can work well with some foods. The contrast of red and green is amazing in photography like for the sushi dish.
Creating a set, decorating the scene or making a composition is simple, but you must be creative. Don’t use only food elements but a good solution is adding decorations in your images. It’s important putting them in a creative way. In both examples nothing is left to chance. The photographer puts the elements carefully in the composition.
Market is the perfect place for shooting food photography also when you are outdoor. Get inspired by colors, shapes and other elements. Look this image, colors dominates the scene.
Include people and the food preparation. Shoot photos of persons while they are preparing food and use general view of a cooking scene. People and food work well together.