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Tips and Tricks Tuesdays: Taking Amazing Food Photos

Taking Amazing Food Photos

These days, you can’t go online without seeing pictures of delicious food. So if you want to impress your friends and learn how to photograph your food like a pro, you’re in luck! I thought I would share a few of my notes from a food workshop I took.


Styling: To make you photo look professional you want to consider how it’s styled. Pick dishes that will enhance the food and let it pop. With soup use a white bowl to showcase the bright color of the food.

Also, make sure that your utensils are the right size. They shouldn’t be the focus, the food should.

Finally, consider the other props in the picture. Don’t be afraid to include props – think about what you’d want to eat or drink with the food and include that in the picture.

Angles: Shooting overhead does not give always give good, like cookies pulled right out of the oven, dimension they might need. Instead, try shooting from the side and at an angle to give the food height and dimension and added a dusting of sugar for contrast.

In general, if food is laying flat, shooting from overhead is not a bad idea especially if there is no dimension from the side. However, if you shoot from slightly higher angle or stack your food, you can create the illusion of height.

Make sure the food as a focal point which will give the viewer something specifically to specifically look at. The food should also fill the frame.

Lighting: Most of us think that when we’re in a dim restaurant we should turn out flash on. However, this is a bad idea. In fact, it’s the number one thing people do wrong. This flattens out the picture and blows out the environment.

People love taking pictures when they’re out to dinner or at a restaurant, and usually the lighting isn’t the best. If you’re one of those people try sitting near the front of the restaurant or near a window.

If it’s dark enough that you need the flash, chances are there’s a candle nearby. Move the candle closer to the food and use a menu as a bounce card to create more light.

Hope this help when photographing your food!



I’m a married mother of 3. Who loves living in Minnesota, prep ahead cooking, and couldn’t live without them now. No more worries about the age old question “What’s for Dinner?”. I am also transitioning my family into the slow food and clean eating movement. I believe it’s best if we can eat food in it’s most natural state. I love to share the information I have been gaining through this whole experience. I’m also a trained personal chef. Cooking is a passion and hobby of mine. Hope your are enjoying the content of my blog.

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