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The Ultimate Guide to Food Photography For Beginners

Whether you run a bakery, a home baking business or are simply a social media butterfly, I am sure getting the right food photographs are a challenge.

And if you want them to be liked and commented upon by your followers they have to make them drool and go wow, how did you make them.

For that, the photos need to innovative. You have got to learn how, where and what kind of props to use along with details about colors, light, shadows, etc. And in this guide, I am to tell you all you need to know.

1. Start shooting with whatever you have

A common excuse that people make is that they do not have a high-end DSLR. Guess what, you don’t need it. Your android or iPhone can do the job as well. After all, smartphones and their cameras have undergone a revolution.

No doubt you do not get the control you would have with a DSLR but since you are just starting out, I wouldn’t recommend investing big while you in the learning process.

Few tips to shoot images with a phone

2. Avoid Point and shoot Cameras

One mistake a lot of newbies make is opting for a point and shoot camera. Yes, these tend to be cheaper but come with a fixed lens and thus you cannot experiment with the lenses and get better photos.

Even if it is the cheapest DSLR on the list, make sure you get a DSLR. You can easily get a DSLR for less than 25k. I currently have a Canon 700D with a 50mm lens and quite happy with its performance.

3. Learn about angles

I am sure you have heard your friend from film school or one with the fancy DSLR camera mention things like over the shoulder angle, over the top shot, etc. Well, these angles are ideal for food photography as well and to find the right angle it will take a lot of trial and error.

Move to every angle you can move to find one that best compliments your dish. Play around with perspective, zoom, depth of field, etc.

To help you get started, I would recommend clicking tiered and cupcakes cakes from side angles (like in the image below) whereas tarts with a few lemons around looks best from a top angle.

4. Rely mostly on natural lighting

The one aspect of photography that can be a game-changer is not your camera and neither the lens. It is the lighting and natural lighting is any food photographer’s best friend as it delivers the best food texture and colors.

Using bulbs and LED lights diminishes the color and texture quality until and unless you are pro with the lighting setup and can manipulate it for the best results.

5. Capture the Mood

We talked about lighting above and it will be much easier for you to decide on the lighting if you know the kind of mood you want to set. For example, you can with something bright with sunlight around or something darker. You can further give your dishes a seasonal look and feel. Always remember that it is all about experimenting and practice.

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