A perfect food photograph says…”Eat me now!” And every food blog needs the perfect food photograph to be successful. Photographing food is quite different from regular photographing. A few tricks with the lighting and composing can help create the perfect photographs that will have the readers drooling for more.
Start at the Beginning
Ingredients are as important as the finished dish. Shoot the fresh produce (vegetables, fruits or meat), spices, or other ingredients like flour, sugar etc, to kick start the tasty journey the readers are about to undertake on the blog.
Dishes and Tools
When photographing for a food blog it is important to compose your photographs so they will convey a story. Let the reader know about the various kitchen gear used to create the yummy feat. The platter or bowl or even the knife may have an interesting anecdote or origin that the readers will enjoy. Add details like patterned fabrics or linen to create a story.
Use the camera at every major step to tell the culinary tale through pictures. This not only celebrates the produce used but also highlights the work that goes into making the perfect dish. A messy worktop or a sink filled with the utensils used, may not earn the approval of food stylists but they sure do tell their own story.
The Last Step
A photograph of the finished dish, just before it is going in the oven or on to the stove will bring together a superb picture composition. Cake batter in the mold, a pie ready to bake, stuffed chicken ready to go into the oven are good climaxes just before the end.
The finished dish in all its glory is a fitting end to the culinary journey. The baked pie, the roasted chicken or the beautiful cake are all tempting but the final destination is to taste and enjoy thefood, so it makes sense that the last photographs be that of the sliced cake or a glass of milk with cookies or the muffin with a bite.
Make it Better
A blog needs a well-taken photograph that highlights the drool worthiness of the dish. One of the most important aspects is the lighting. Avoid using the camera flash as it flattens the food photo and destroys it. Use a single type of light source when photographing. Using two or more sources will result in a single element with varied colors in different parts of the same frame. Use back or side lights to create interesting pictures. Use diff users (translucent white trash bags) and reflectors (white card) to create lip-smacking food photographs for the blog.