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5 Tips for Taking Fabulous Food Photos

I’ve been blogging for 6 years now and when I started, I didn’t know how to take a good picture to save my life. Over the years, with help from friends and photography classes (yes, take a class), I’ve improved by leaps and bounds. I’m not perfect, but I think I do pretty good.

For starters, you need a decent camera. Nothing too fancy, as the tips below are helpful for all cameras. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy camera is perfect for this (and you can share your new foodie photos in a flash). Set up your environment with the following tips and you’ll on your way to foodie heaven — can you say cookbook?

Here are 5 of my top tips for taking good food photography:

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  • 1. Lighting 1 of 5
    1. Lighting
    Please, I beg of you, no flash!!! There is a time and a place for your flash, but there is rarely a pretty food photograph that came from a flashy photo. If you can see the top photo doesn't have that dimension or shadow that a "non-flash" photo can give, see the bottom photo. If you can, only take pictures in the daylight and near a window. I know, it's sooooo hard to do this if you're home with the kids all day and your only time to shoot is at night. But set the kids up with a 30 minute movie or send them off to a friend's, and go to town on your pictures.
  • 2. Styling 2 of 5
    2. Styling
    Syling is way more important than you think. I took a tabletop photography class from the amazing White on Rice couple and they are masters of setting up the shot. Add something in the background. Fill your photo with more than you think, giving the photo a story. And you might think it silly to have to "set up" your photo, but do it, the photos always look better.
  • 3. Props 3 of 5
    3. Props
    I buy items to add to my photos, like platters, napkins, etc. I also go to the thrift store to buy things for a backdrop. It's fun to shop for this kind of stuff, helping to improve my photos. It can help make them a little nicer to look at, people like to see pretty pictures. Also, I have a really cruddy kitchen table. So to help set up my shot with better styling, I place a white foam core board over the table and use that as my "table".
  • 4. Focus 4 of 5
    4. Focus
    Yes, sometimes it's hard to read your owner's manual for your camera, if you ask me, it's written in another language. But try to figure out your focus, trying to get your focus on the most important part of your photo. On the photo above, I made sure to get the camera to focus right on the brownie so they were bold. It can also help fuzz out the other items, giving it that cool blur look.
  • 5. Practice 5 of 5
    5. Practice
    It's all about practice, practice, practice. No one is going to see these photos but you until you're ready to share. And with the unlimited photos you can take these days, you have no excuse not to master this!

Now that you’re armed and ready, go take some pictures!! And have fun!

A big thanks to Samsung for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Would you like to win your own Samsung Galaxy Camera? Repin one of the photos from our “Holiday Memories + Moments” Pinterest board with the hashtag #samsungmemories for a chance to win, or upload your own photo onto your personal board with the hashtag #samsungmemories. And from there, we will pick the top twenty photos. Contest ends December 31st, 2012.

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