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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.
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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).

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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.

Great Photo opportunities in your Kitchen?

composition of spoonfuls with various spices for healthy food preparing
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51 Different subjects to talk about….. This is just number 3 !

When I looked at the list of 51 different photos subjects, I knew there was going to be some subjects I would question. BUT, I like to take the challenge and find out how every subject has some sort of Photographic Interest.

Now the kitchen as a photographic subject, stunned me for a minute, until I tried to come up with photos that were taken in the kitchen. And I said: “YEAH”, WE CAN DO THIS!!!

There are three different types of photography you can do in the kitchen. One would be, obviously, to be the photographer who takes photos of a kitchen for the architect or kitchen designer. This would include photos like this:

kitchen island and barstools
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Then there seems to be a real art in taking pictures of Food Creations. Chefs can be very artistic, and they take food creations very serious. They will make a plate of food, and then use herbs, or spices to make it a creative photo, and they will try to tie into your appetite. Like this:

pastry and boiled egg on plate
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Or even something like this:

asparagus barbecue cuisine delicious
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That’s the point to this type of Kitchen Photography. If you are a chef of your own making, and want to post pictures of your food creations, then this is something you should learn to do, and it usually will involve a good lighting setup so that you can get the food in great detail without shadows and such.

And then the third type of kitchen photography would be to try artistic images. Here is one example:

Notice the lighting on a subject, and the way you can accent the steam. I think lighting on your subject will make you a true artist, if you can learn to see it’s potential in the art. Here are some other great ideas:

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Photo by Mae Mu on Unsplash

Now, when you want to take photos of things to be artistic, I hope this gives you some ideas. Color is a big thing in a kitchen, whether it’s a green thing, or something created, color is a selling item. I can see some of these above photos for sale, to be put on a wall in the kitchen.

One more:

Here are some ideas to help you with your kitchen photos:

kitchen utensils :

kitchen containers

kitchen cooking utensils

kitchen toys for kids:

If you would like to take on this assignment and try some photos created in your kitchen, take the photos, and send me a copy to: contact.123photogo@gmail.com. We will then post these photos on one of our blogs to show off your creative mind.