Sorry about that Buzzfeed article, Martha.
Now we all know bloggers aren’t experts or anything, but I thought I’d offer you some iPhone food photography advice regardless.
Number one goal when taking photographs of food with your smartphone is this: have it recognizable as food. Until you’ve achieved that with your snapshot, images of your meals really shouldn’t be broadcast to the masses.
Beyond that, we want the images to look delicious, appealing, and visually pleasing.
I’m here to help.
With just a few easy tips the quality of your food photography is going to skyrocket. I promise.
iPhone Food Photography (or for any smartphone or tablet, really) Top Tips:
Please don’t ever use a flash. It washes out the food, creates horrible shadows, and messes with the color balance.
- Think about composition. The rule of thirds is a good place to start; I’ve detailed that and some other fundamentals in my post Become a Better Photographer in One Afternoon.
- Pay attention to the background before you shoot; a dirty fork or your meal companion’s torso does nothing to help highlight that delish food.
- When possible, pick colorful food to photograph.
- A great app for food photography is Hipstamatic when used with their Foodie SnapPak Loftus. Instant food photography boost.
If you’d like more advice about taking images with your smartphone, I wrote this iPhone Photography book that you might find informative. Bon appetite, Martha!
Here are a few photos I’ve taken recently of food using the above five tips.
Strawberries anyone? 1 of 10
See how yummy that looks? The reds are ... well, red! The chocolate looks like ... well, chocolate!
Mini Cheesecakes? YES MINI CHEESECAKES. 2 of 10
Here's a tip, Martha ... shoot a little off-center. Make use of that negative space.
Create patterns with your images, Martha. 3 of 10
Repetition is very eye-pleasing and attention-grabbing.
Fried PB&J. Yup. 4 of 10
Now this is an image that could have gone bad ... but it didn't. Why not? Because it's well lit, well composed, and you can tell that it's FOOD. Recognizable food.
Sometimes food is a work of art. 5 of 10
Respect it and create a photograph that does it justice. Don't these tacos look amazing?
Take a step back and shoot the entire table. 6 of 10
Context can help let people know that your photographing is, in fact, dinner.
Snowdrifts of sweets. 7 of 10
No photography advice in this one because ... snowdrifts of sweets!
Bright colors and soft shadows. 8 of 10
It's all about the lighting. NO FLASHES.
Off center, no flash, great colors. 9 of 10
Having rich and vibrant colors in your images really makes a difference.
Important tip! If you take nothing else away from this tutorial, remember this. 10 of 10
Whites need to be white. Not grey, not blue, not taupe, not pink, and most definitely not brown. White. From there all other colors fall into place.
What food photography tips do you have for Martha?