With the rise of social media such as Facebook and Instagram, more and more Bloggers/Influencers are born. In addition to Beauty Guru’s, the majority of Foodies/Food Bloggers rely on a mobile phone to record them eating across the world. How can you attract thousands of Internet users to click on your Instagram/Facebook page? Of course, the food in the photo must look very delicious, but how can we take food photos that can be attracted to a phone screen? These following three articles will teach you how to take “professional-like” food photos!

[Food Blogger Must Learn] 5 steps to take Professional Food Photos Quick Links

  1. Food Photography Preparation
  2. Food photography design and composition
  3. Food photography shooting and retouching

(1) Required Equipment

  1. SLR Cameras/Mirror Cameras/Mobile Phone
    Phones can take high-resolution photos now, so don’t underestimate it, if you use the right techniques, you can take beautiful food photos with a phone!
  2. Dry and Wet Paper Towels
    Dry paper towels are mainly used to wipe away excess sauce or oil stains on dishes or food; wet paper towels are for your hands, because you may move food by hand during shooting to produce a better composition, wipe your hands to avoid making the camera/cell phone greasy.
  3. The White Paper Found in the Restaurant can be used to supplement the light of the backlit food subject.

(2) Finding and Determining Light Sources

What most people overlook when shooting food is to show the temperature and dynamic of the item. Later, we will work on the design and composition of the picture, but a photo relies heavily on light sources and retouching.

1) Select Outdoor Area or Window Location

If it is not midday and the weather is not bad, it is recommended that beginners should try to use the outdoor seating of the restaurant as much as possible and to use the natural light that food photographers love and hate. This way, the light will be more uniform without much post-processing. Pay attention to the light source as much as possible when shooting, avoid backlight and lose some details that can increase detail. If the restaurant does not have an outdoor area, you can also sit near the window. Sometimes this can even get a good shadow effect because of the window frame.

Shoot indoors by the window, use natural light as much as possible, it will bring a little freshness and morning feeling

2. Avoid Overhead Spotlights

If the restaurant you went to this time is moodier, and the theme is dark. When shooting, you should try to avoid putting food directly under the light. Instead, place them between the light source to introduce light and shadow into the shot. It looks natural and soft to show the temperature of the item.

The reflection point of the spotlight on the dishes seems very abrupt, and the white part of the food body is also very likely to lose the details that can improve the appetite due to overexposure.

After you have prepared, you can take your first food photo? Check out the next tutorial now ➡️ Food Photography: Designing Pictures and Compositions!

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