15 Creative Tips for Food Photography Blogger

Silvain • updated June 21, 2022 • 8 min read

Food Photography Blogger, 15 Creative Tips

Surely you’ve already published a food post or two on Instagram or tempted your followers in your stories with a huge burger or a delicious slice of cake. We’ve compiled a list of tips on food photography for bloggers and prospective bloggers just for you.

Beautifully photographed food makes almost everyone go weak. On Instagram alone, there are around 286 million posts with the hashtag #foodporn (as of June 2022) and new ones are added every day.


 

1. Gather inspiration for your own #foodporn

If you’ve decided to start posting food content to your Instagram feed or stories on a regular basis, you should first think about what direction you want it to go.

  • What do you most like to look at for inspiration?

What do you like about the images: the bright or more pastel colors? Do you like the minimalist white dishes or are you a fan of colorfully decorated plates? Maybe unusual perspectives or special lighting conditions appeal to you in many pictures.

You shouldn’t try to recreate images, but a few suggestions will certainly help you prepare and come up with ideas.

In terms of preparation, you should avoid taking risks with difficult recipes in your early days as a food writer. Concentrate on recipes that you have already tried out. Otherwise, we recommend that you cook or bake the dishes on a trial basis beforehand.

Tips for Food Photography Blogger. blogger baking apple pie
Baking Apple Pie, @Finn-b

2. For beginner food photography bloggers

Don’t take on too much in the beginning. First, cook an elaborate dish, then photograph it, and then clean up everything and edit the pictures at the end. That can be quite difficult, and in the end, you will be unnecessarily frustrated.

So it’s best to start small: cake, dessert, or smoothies. Something that already looks slightly unappetizing by nature, like your morning overnight oats, is not the best way to get started in food photography.

Any dishes that are more monochromatic are a good place to start. Wildly thrown-together bowls and salads are a little more challenging.

Cookies, cupcakes, and similar treats have the advantage that you can make them at any time and photograph them later. So you may bake it in the evening and shoot it the next day in a better light. In addition, cookies and the like last longer than salads, for example, which quickly wilt.

3. How do food bloggers actually do it?

We asked ourselves: What exactly do food bloggers do differently? Why do they always look so great?

  • They plan their photo-shoot project in advance
  • That certain something: a decoration for food photos.
  • The plate with ingredients that are included in the food before taking photos.
  • For example, you can decorate the plate with brownies with hazelnuts and chocolate chips.
  • If you’re photographing a smoothie, you can put a strawberry on a glass straw, for example.

4. Lighting conditions for food photos: daylight is a must

Daylight is ideal for making food look extra delicious. It’s best to take your photos by the window or even outside. However, you should be careful not to shoot in the blazing sun, as this will cause ugly shadows.

Perfect is a slightly overcast sky, then it is bright enough. If it has to be artificial light, use only one light temperature at a time. For example, mixing warm, yellowish light with cool white light will distort the color of your dishes.

Too cool a light will make your food photos look bluish and unappetizing. Instead, go for a warm light without any color cast.

5. Be creative

We all know the same pictures, what if we try something new? Maybe make a drawing to it, let something fly, or put a writing layer over it on the image itself.

There are so many ways for food styling to stand out from the crowd, which is incredibly important as a blogger because you’ve seen one and the same thing a thousand times. Have courage for the gap! Have the courage to try something new!

6. Food blogger image editing

To save yourself some of the post-processing, it is recommended to set the white balance on your camera in advance. With this technique, your photographs will have consistent color and your feed will appear consistent.

In addition, color shifts can occur if you only adjust the values during image processing, and the food often looks unappetizing.

In addition, we urge that you always utilize a good camera rather than your smartphone. Even if you have a good phone and plenty of daylight, your post-processing options are limited.

7. Find the proper angle for food photography

The bird’s eye view rarely makes sense for food photos. In some situations, however, it can make sense to get up on a chair and hold the camera on top of it from above.

For example, if you want to show the entire arrangement from above, as in baking. Here you can shoot the work surface from above and drape jars with sugar, flour, and ingredients like chocolate, nuts, or fruit.

Additionally, you can dust the work surface with flour and add nice tea towels and other matching utensils.

In a single shot of a chocolate brownie piece, the brownie looks flat and not very appealing when photographed only from above. The texture is lost, and you can’t see how moist the batter is.

If, on the other hand, you show the brownie from the side and have already taken a bite, your followers will immediately see how the dough looks and how high the brownies will be.

The primary rule for you as a food blogger is to experiment with several angles and viewpoints before taking the final photo.

8. Highlight the background

Of course, a coherent background with matching accessories is important, but the setting should not distract from the food. On the other side, you should avoid using an all-white background because it appears uninteresting. Wooden plates or trays and tables are super suitable.

The wood does not necessarily have to be natural; even white or dark glazed wood surfaces can provide a nice contrast to the food. The rough concrete floor in the courtyard or an old fruit box can be perfect for your project.

Otherwise, it’s worth making a background out of some old boards or asking for old crates at the market.

Variety for your food photos offers different tablecloths as well as dishes and cutlery. Wooden bowls and plants create tropical vibes if you want to photograph your homemade nice ice cream, for example.

For a rustic pumpkin pie, Grandma’s decadent silverware is certainly the way to go. A black slate plate is also a grateful backdrop. Autumnal and winter dishes look especially atmospheric this way.

9. And what else can you do better?

Tea towels draped all around the plate can create beautiful effects and add a bit of flare to colorless dishes. If you want, you can also place a few loose ingredients next to it instead – it’s best to simply scatter them and leave them as they naturally fall.

Depending on the dish, suitable ingredients include oatmeal, almonds, berries, nuts, herbs, and spices. Halved lemons or fresh flowers in the picture provide an additional freshness kick.

10. Proper color combinations

I always try to combine colors so that they match each other and, most importantly, look special! If you have everything in one tone, it looks quite boring.

Let’s say I have everything in red, then I add something green to it. It looks peppier and stands out more.

11. Natural light is your friend

This will help you right away because you can use natural light to your advantage.

Use a larger aperture like f/8 to get all of the market stalls in focus, or open the aperture to f/2.8 to get a particular subject in focus whilst also blurring the background.

12. How to get the pro look for your photos

It’s true that most professionals own a lot of expensive camera equipment and have props at their disposal. This helps them get better at taking pictures. But you don’t have to buy the most expensive tools.

The best photos have lovely lighting. There are both lights and darks in the lighting. This makes it easier to see colors, tones, textures, and depth. Make sure you take your pictures when the light is the best it can be. 

13. Instead, make sure your backgrounds have good light and texture.

Your pictures will look better if you can afford one or two backgrounds. The best backgrounds have texture, a few different colors, and a “blue” feel to them.

So like blue and gray or blue and white. Backgrounds with texture add a sense of “luxury” to our food story and make it stronger.

14. Buy a good lens instead of a good camera

Most people who are new to food photography believe that we need the best camera to get the best pictures. But in reality, a good lens can make more of a difference than the camera itself.

Cameras are always getting better and sensors get better. Over time, the camera’s parts and how it works will change. But most lenses stay the same. If you take care of your lens, you will be able to use it for decades.

15. How to fix the colors in your food pictures

In food photography, color is so important because it’s the main thing that makes us feel connected to the food. We’ve been around food our whole lives, so we know what a strawberry should look like.

So, when you take pictures for your food blog, you want to make sure the colors are as close to the real thing as possible. This will require us to make sure that our pictures are the right color before we publish them on the blog.

You can do this in post-processing, but the simplest way is to make sure your white balance is right. The white balance of your pictures can be changed in the camera. Choose what kind of scene you want to shoot.

Since food photography is usually done inside next to a window, choose between cloudy, shaded, or sunny. Most food bloggers will shoot in the same place, so they will only need to figure out which ones work for them.

If you aren’t sure which one to use, take a few pictures with each one. We are comparing the colors on playback to see which one looks the most like real life.

Here are the five best food bloggers who can help you to come up with ideas

  1. On her kitchen table, the Japanese artist Umi has already drawn Shaun the sheep, Garfield the cat, and Winnie the Pooh. She shows the 15,500 people who follow her on Instagram what can be done with bread. She mixes items like cocoa, green tea, and juices of various colors to make the colors.
  2. Swedish graphic designer Hedvig Kushner doesn’t like to bake. She prefers to drink fruit juices instead. The designer realized that placing smoothie ingredients together is a lot like creating different shades of color. She began to wonder if there was a way to make the right mix of fruit juice for each color in the Pantone color system that graphic designers use. See also Pantonesmoothies on Instagram.
  3. Julie Lee is a photographer from California who takes pictures of food. She also takes pictures of fruits and vegetables. She does fascinating work with tomatoes, mangoes, and dates, among other things. This doesn’t make food, but it does make patterns that look fragile and interesting.
  4. Samantha Lee is a mother from Malaysia who wants to make her two daughters’ food extra interesting by drawing funny pictures on it. She captures an image of her work and puts it on Instagram.

    The changes she made to the food seem to have upset a lot of moms. People are excited to see what she comes up with next. Lee didn’t learn how to be a good designer in school; she taught herself.

  5. Malaysia is also home to Hong Yi, whose artist name is Redhongyi. He makes brilliant and lovely plate decorations out of everyday foods. The background is usually the very same white plate.

More food blogger inspiration:

Black ice cream is the new #foodporn on social media
8 Things They Don’t Tell You When You Start a Food Blog
Keeping It Real: My Messy Food Blogger Kitchen
Bloggers You Should Be Following
South Africa’s Top Blogs & Influencers
The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
8 Irresistible Food Blogs From Sub-Saharan Africa

 


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By Furoore team member Silvain

Silvain is a French/German national and has been with the Furoore Team since the beginning. He likes to write about various photography themes, especially food photography. If you leave a comment, he will come back to you to answer any questions you may have.

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