How many times have you tried a new restaurant or new recipe because the advertising or photo in the cookbook was simply irresistible? That’s the art of food photography, which can take even the most so-so serving from mediocre to mouthwatering. Food bloggers certainly know the tricks of this trade, as they need their photos to look as delicious as the dishes themselves.
To get the lowdown, we asked our Top 100 Mom Food Bloggers “What’s your best tip for food photography?” They served up some advice that you shouldn’t miss. Click through to dig in!
Find Your Own Style 1 of 10
Try to find a style that suits you and that you're good at, and stick with it. This doesn't mean you can't experiment and innovate, but it's nice to have a "look" that's yours, that makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
— Michelle Peters Jones, The Tiffin Box
photo credit: Michelle Peters - Jones of The Tiffin Box
Practice Makes Perfect 2 of 10
I know it sounds clichÃ©, but practice, practice, practice. Put the camera on "manual" mode, and just mess up about 50 photos or so. Eventually the magic of ISO/AP/Fstop will begin to make sense. Also, put the photos up on your editing screen and carefully study your camera settings for each photo. If a photo came out too bright and washed out, what were your settings? What could you have changed to cut the brightness of the photo? Do this for each photo. It is very tedious, but eventually you will say, "Ah-ha! Why did I have my ISO setting so high?" And then go take 50 more photos and mess them up just a little bit less.
— Sarah Kenney, Snippets of Thyme
photo credit: Sarah Kenney of Snippets of Thyme
Don’t Over-Style Your Food 3 of 10
Shoot at All Times of the Day 4 of 10
One of the most important things in photography is understanding the lighting and how it affects your photos. If you use natural light, experiment in different spots at different times of the day to see what works best for you and the mood you are going after.
— Najwa Kronfel, Delicious Shots
photo credit: Najwa of Delicious Shots
Shoot What You Love 5 of 10
Don't spend as much time worrying about what you think is right vs. what you feel about it. If you really look at the pictures that speak to you and discover what it is that you love about them, that's the only way to learn what your style is.
— Holly Hanks, PheMOMenon
photo credit: Holly Hanks of PheMOMenon
Study Great Photography 6 of 10
I'm no expert when it comes to photography, but, like writing, I think it benefits from two things: checking out what other people are doing and then doing it yourself. The more photography you see, critique, enjoy, discuss, and emulate, the better your own photography will be. Try to set up shots like the ones on your favorite blogs or in your everyday cookbooks, and work from there. Suddenly, you'll develop your own style! Just keep at the things that make you happy, and keep learning.
— Amanda Niehaus, Easy Peasy Organic
photo credit: Amanda Niehaus of Easy Peasy Organic
Perfect Isn’t Always Perfect 7 of 10
Photograph what you're about to eat. Or what you're in the middle of eating. Always let there be a drip or a splash or a slice taken out. As I tell my son, "a bit of mess always makes things more beautiful."
—Phyllis Grant, Dash and Bella
photo credit: Phyllis Grant of Dash and Bella
Clouds Can Be Your Friends 8 of 10
My best tip for food photography is the importance of utilizing natural light. I used to hate cloudy days, but now that I know the importance of filtering bright sun rays, I don't mind cloudy days as much. The clouds are a natural filter while photographing food.
— Yvette Marquez, Muy Bueno Cookbook
photo credit: Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack of Muy Bueno Cookbook
Find Your Food’s Good Side 9 of 10
If I had to give one tip on food photography it would be to think about what angle your food looks its best. We all know our "good side," and so does your food. Take a minute to think about what you are planning to shoot and what angle it would look the most delicious. If you know me, then you know that I think that props make for a good photo and vintage props make for a GREAT photo!
— Louise Mellor, Geez Louise
photo credit: Louise Mellor of Geez Louise
Just Enjoy It! 10 of 10
Don't stress out about it too much. I find when I just enjoy the process and stop worrying so much about all the technicalities of whether the light's right, or the props are in the right place, or the food's perfect that I not only get better pictures, I have much more fun doing it.
— Julie Mastbrook, Mommy Cooks
photo credit: Julie Mastbrook of Mommie Cooks
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