Food photography can be a great way to have fun in the kitchen, and accomplished just by using your camera and lens. Here are some quick and easy tips to capture the "yum" of what you're whipping up today!
Use Window Light
The larger your light source, the softer and more diffused your lighting will show up in your photo. Also, try to match your White Balance to what type of light is coming from outside: sunny, cloudy, etc.
Use a wider aperture like F1.8 or F2 to achieve a shallow depth of field, where you have one subject crisp and in focus and the background blurred.
Use the “Rule of Odds"
In any kind of design, an odd number is more aesthetically pleasing to the human eye.
Pro Tip: Handheld High Res Shot Mode works GREAT on capturing the detailed strawberries and other produce.
- Utilize contrasting textures to create interest
- Play with angles, and the Rule of Thirds
- Create your own pattern, and consider using light-hearted elements — like carved cutting boards, patterned plates or dish towels — for a personal touch
- Create your own leading lines to lead the viewer’s eye through the image
- When editing, try lightening your shadows, but deepening your blacks. It adds contrast while still lighting up parts that you need lighter. Also, if you want colors to pop, try adding vibrance as opposed to saturation, as it adds more natural looking colors.
- Pro Tip: Try using reflective glassware or metal elements.
- Lastly, try capturing an action shot to add some excitement
Shelley Preston is an Olympus Technical Sales Executive from Texas, currently residing in Chicago. Her favorite camera and lens to shoot with are the PEN-F and M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.8, which she uses to capture street and travel photography. Shelley also enjoys capturing the world around her in black and white.