(Last Updated On: June 21, 2019)

Food Photography

In today’s society it has almost become a hobby for people to snap a picture of the food they just made, throw it up on Facebook to show off their baking skills, and think nothing more of the picture they so carelessly took. The lighting may skew the color or the angle might not be so flattering or you may be distracted by the messy kitchen in the background but that isn’t the point of these haphazard contributions into the world of food photography. Instead they are mere blips, to be passed over and forgotten.

Then when you pause to think about the professional pictures you find on web pages and in recipes books, showing you what you want your food to look like, you find yourself drawn to the picture. It is these types of pictures that are considered true food photography, where they make you want to try the recipe or travel to that part of the world just so you can have a chance to eat such yumminess that is found in that one picture. A simple photograph of a plate of food can inspire a vacation to somewhere new and exotic or spark a desire to bake a new array of tasty dishes.

Food is such a prevalent part of traveling, that you may discover can be addicting when you see the reactions your professional food pictures can cause in your friends. This can motivate you capture the food you get to eat while travelling in the most captivating way possible. Evoke jealousy in your viewers by taking the time to get the best shot of your remarkable food.

While taking time and effort to slow down and look for the best shot of the food you are photographing, it helps to have a few tricks for taking those great shots. To help you further your quest for stunning shots, here are a few food photography tips to get the best picture of your plate of food:

  • Look for good, diffused natural lighting (either by a window or under a table umbrella).
  • Use *shallow depth of field by using the lowest f-stop possible.
  • Remove distracting items, such as appetizer dishes, butter dishes, or cups, for the camera’s view.
  • Be selective of the arrangements of food you choose to take pictures of, meaning no jumbled messes.
  • Use the tablecloth, if white, as a backdrop.

When choosing what foods to take a picture of, look for the artistry that is present in the food’s arrangement. To start, you can always look at the desserts and how they are presented since it is more typical for the dessert to be art then the main courses. Once you discover your “eye” for artfully displayed food, you can branch out to all courses of your meal and show off your photography skills as well as the food you get to eat. Remember your goal in food photography is to make your viewer wish they were sitting in front of that dish of food.

*Please note that shallow depth of field is when your plate is in focus and sharp and your background is slightly blurred.

As a closing note, here are some food photography courses you may like:

Getting Started in Professional Food Photography
Story on a Plate: Food Photography & Styling
Capturing Food in Motion
Business of Commercial Food Photography
Food Photography: From Plate to Photo


  1. Food photography is a separate art form, so far I’m not very good at it, but I read a lot about it and your blog helps me improve my food photo skills!


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