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Have you really ever got into cooking a meal for presentation? How about a meal that you did, added beautiful garnishes, organized each food into an organized, delicious looking meal? This certainly becomes something of great interest to photographers, who are also great chefs! Or is it the other way around: Great chefs who would like to learn how to take a photo of their delicious creations?

Well, let’s take a look at some ideas that I picked up from some professional food photographers.

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Here are the tips for creating better food photos:

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Tips for taking great food photos

  1. Take photos under natural light. Do not use overhead lights or lamps or your built-in flash. …
  2. Move around to find the best light source. Don’t feel confined to taking photos in your kitchen. …
  3. Try taking photos from multiple angles. …
  4. Minimize clutter.
  5. Use good plates or bowls, that will give it a Nice feel to the photo.
  6. Don’t put too much food on the plates. You will want to leave room for garnishes or some kind of decoration, if you want it to look professional.
  7. Once again, watch your background. Is it a kitchen cabinet or a picnic table, etc?
  8. Note that most food photos are taken from above the plates. Prepare to get a straight shot photo.
  9. Side photos can work, but, you do have to watch your depth of field, to make sure the entire plates of food is in focus.
Photo by Jonathan Petit on Unsplash

10- Including people in your photos is not a bad idea, but, use all the tips of food photography so that it looks good (no clutter, good background, not too much on the plates, everyone excited to eat with smiles, etc).

Photo by José Ignacio Pompé on Unsplash

11- You can do side photos of your food, if that is what you want to show. Say, you have created the perfect meat (like above) or an amazing new hamburger with lots of exciting things on your burger (like below):

The Secret to Finding the Hero Angle in Food Photography
If you are taking a photo of just one food item, then shooting from the side, is a great way to do this. Can you imagine shooting this photo from the top? Who want to see just the bun?

Once again, I have gone through many sources to see how to take good food photos. This is really a lot of fun to try. I have the best collection of tips that just an ordinary photographer could use. Good luck!


Take a look at a lot of food photos. Copying their ideas is how you become great at 1- creating a showpiece of the food you created, 2- become a great food photographer.

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