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Ten Tips for Photographing Food

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 12:03 AM

1) Set the Table...


Cheeky Summer Fruit Salad by claremanson

In the image above, claremanson not only photographs something that looks enticingly delicious and creative, but she has additionally set the scene. She's made up the 'table' so to speak, so that it compliments and even enhances the Food that she's photographing. Looking carefully at your setting is a fantastic way of making your Food look good and unique. It's cheap too, just look at using glasses, sometimes with liquid in them, colourful tablecloths, napkins or any other items that might suit your image. Within cookery books these days, images that 'set the scene' are becoming increasingly more popular and widely used.


2) Play with your Food...


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Here, LADYW has not just made a 'salad' or an arrangement of food. She's looked carefully at how she can arrange her food in the most creative and complimentary way. Using shapes and colour to make something look good is a fantastic way of getting food shots that look different. Again, coupling that with the first pointer - setting the table - and you have something that looks fresh, vibrant and quite casual.


3) Pay attention to Lighting...


Let it glow. by dragonfly-oli

Black and white should not be avoided when photographing food. Just because a lot of the most popular images on dA within this area are bright, vibrant and elaborate pieces, it doesn't mean that going back to just two tones, is not good! Look carefully at your lighting, and even practice your images in black and white to teach you a bit more, before advancing into colour.


4)Keep it Natural...


Day 139: Fruit and yoghurt crunch by Kaz-D

Shooting food in its natural environment or around earthy browns and greens that compliment its wholesome roots sometimes can really enhance an image. Of course this might be somewhat trickier with a McDonalds burger..but if you're shooting fruits or vegetables, consider taking them outside to make use of sunlight and natural backdrops.


5) Change the Angle...


Tiramisu - Valentine's Day by p0piete

Shooting whilst being on a level with your subject is the most traditional way of shooting still life. However it doesn't hurt to change the angle once in a while, and the focus. Shoot from above, the side, below or even at an obscure angle to create something a bit different.


6) Don't be afraid of Macro...


Exotic fruit by ProjecTSymbiosiS10

Using Macro or even abstract techniques when shooting food is not a bad thing. You don't always have to show food in a specific setting with props scattered around it. Instead why not consider getting up close and zooming in, or using a macro lens, to capture a wider expanse of the same food item. It makes a difference, gives a bold statement and often forces people to step outside of their comfort zone.


7) Go back to basics...


Peared With Tea by limnersphere

Traditional still life images should still be drawn upon now as tools of inspiration and guidance for your creations. Go back to basics and look at how the pros did it in the 'olden' days and you might learn a trick or too. If anything it'll teach you that simplicity can be beautiful and non-elaborate pieces do work well.


8) Create your own Bokeh...


bowl of love. .. by light-from-Emirates

Bokeh, the lovely effect of circular lighting behind an image, doesn't have to be created with a texture or an overlay after you've shot something. You can create your own. Consider using windows with raindrops sprayed on (not raining? Use  spray bottle!) and some subtle lighting either man made or naturally with sunlight, to create your own Bokeh effect.


9) Look at your editing techniques...


Selective Colour. by MomenSaleh

You don't have to edit your images, and it's great if you can achieve what you want first time. But there are some great techniques out there that you can apply after your photo is taken, that might enable to create something better. Selective colour is a popular one, using an editing tool to highlight just one or a few parts of an image in colour and make the rest black and white. Cropping is a typical editing function, exposure and white balance editing and contrast fiddling are also useful.


10) Inject some humour...


La moustache by lieveheersbeestje

Putting a bit of humour into your work never hurt anyone! And you see it a lot on dA, eggs with faces, funny shaped vegetables and other such things. Adding just a touch of the 'funny' to your work can create an entirely different concept, even if you thought you'd originally messed up a piece.

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misaki246 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
I think that this will be really useful for me .
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent!
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Can you guys create Ten tips for photograph landscape, animals or plants(flowers, shrubs etc.)?
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure ! :)
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
:thumbsup:
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regularjane Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the tips :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries!
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Relihanart Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks, very helpful
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WildWinyan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   Photographer
Mmm food. :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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abstractiri Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
absolute pleasure to read.
and full of worthy info! >3

Good Job Team#CRPhotography! :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Need a kitchen first! :rofl: Love this, will help when things start taking shape and I can actually Cook again... uummm the fun we shall have! :blowkiss: :glomp:

Wonderful article, will love using your idea's! :w00t!: :iconlovehug:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol:
Looking forward to seeing the creations ;)
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:w00t!: :iconlainloveplz:
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CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fun article, well written and illustrated :thumbsup:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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GCOPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This is great, food is something I've been thinking I'de like to do more often,
so def FAV.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And final tips : don't eat if before the photography :lol:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Popular tipthat one :D
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not surprised =D
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Wolfling01 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a difficult one though :)
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes :drool:
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iAmoret Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it! :la: I'm so sad I don't have my camera right now- I'm feeling inspired! :dummy:

Why do all your features make me hungry? :giggle:

I love how this uses the #CRPhotography skin, but, even though I'm in that group, too, it only came up in my inbox under #Still-Life-Stills :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D sorry about that ;)

I think it's because it won't spam you in all the groups :nod:
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OutBack-Art Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Great article, this will help my friend who's a food photographer himself. :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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WaffleCake22 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Helped me a lot, thankies! >u<
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome!
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iLantiis Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this!!!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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mimose-stock Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great article :love:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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mimose-stock Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you're very welcome :hug:
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faerismoka Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful and entertaining at the same time; thank you. :)
What if it's cake? Doesn't eating one slice help make the image look better? :lol:
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