Food photography can be pretty challenging especially when you have no idea what you’re doing. When I first started my blog, it was a food and fashion blog so I had to teach myself how to shoot food. It’s actually pretty amazing to see how far I’ve come (basically I ignored all of these food photography tips and posted really ugly food photos) over the past few years and how much better my food photos look now. It’s not difficult to learn as long as you set yourself up for success. These iPhone food photography tips work just as well with a DSLR camera but are specifically geared toward those who want to take better food photos for their Instagram feeds. Hopefully these 8 iPhone food photography tips help you as much as they’ve helped me improve my food photo game!
iPhone food photography tips
Sit in an area that has natural lighting – I’d love to say you can make any lighting look good but that’s simply not true. Yellow or fluorescent lighting is super hard to work with even if you’re great at editing so if you have the option to choose natural over artificial lighting, always opt for the table outside or the one by the window.
If you can, choose a table with a light color (marble, light wood) – Dark tables, especially cherry or walnut wood, do not make great photos. The reds and browns turn your photo into all sorts of colors that are difficult to edit. Also, it’s pretty hard to photograph food on a table that is dark unless your style of editing is moody and desaturated. But if not, and you are a color lover, then dark tables are generally your enemy. If you can’t find a light table, then use white napkins under your plates or stack empty plates underneath food plates to create more of a colorful background and textured background.
Photograph only food that looks appetizing – Don’t feel like you have to photograph everything you’ve ordered to eat. I always remove anything that might look unappetizing (even if I know it’s good). This includes meat (ribs with bbq sauce), saucy food, runny eggs etc. Burgers are generally ok if the photo is taken from above. Fruit, salad, smoothie bowls and dessert all look gorgeous in photographs.
Use hands in frame – I love adding a human element to my photos and so I always try to incorporate my hands into a photos. Grab your cup or silverware or reach across the table for some bread. Just remember to keep your hands relaxed and soft; otherwise they may look clubby and stiff.
Take a test shot and then fill in gaps on the table – Test shots are key to achieving that picture food photography photo. If there are gaps in your table, rearrange your plates to balance out the empty spaces. You can also use accessories to fill overly large gaps in your table or if your table is still too big, you can crop it to include other elements like cool chairs or distressed hardwood flooring.
Choose symmetry when possible – Symmetrical layouts tend to look best so make sure your cups mirror each other and your plates are balanced on either side of the photo.
Keep an eye out for background texture – If your table or floor has some awesome texture, don’t be afraid to show it . Sometimes textures add so much to a photo and make it even better (think colorful floor tile or light hardwood floors).
Play with angles – While I love flatlays food, sometimes angled shots are even more dramatic. Look at your surroundings and if it tells a story, then don’t be afraid to angle your shot and show where it is you’re enjoying your food!
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