You’re an ambitious
hobby chef who creates amazing dishes that taste like a million dollars but
don’t look the part in front of the camera? Don’t worry! You don’t need an
expensive camera or specialist know-how to take great food photos. Here are our
top tips for tasty images using your mobile device:
Good light is key
to a successful image. Try and only photograph your food in natural light
conditions, for example, directly beneath a window. Daylight is particularly
soft and makes your food appear more beautiful. Avoid artificial lighting such
An angle that never
disappoints is the birds-eye-perspective, as it shows your meal in all its
glory. If your dishes are quite tall, like smoothies, you can also snap from
the front. Make sure that the image background doesn’t contain anything that
may distract from your dish.
A neutral and
natural background makes your food stand out. It can be as simple as a wooden
table, piece of paper, or fabric. Your tiled kitchen or plain white walls are
timeless classics that work well with most dishes.
You don’t need a
lot of tricks to present your food nicely. Simply put it on a plate, highlight
the most important ingredients, and remember: less is more! Small portions,
beautifully decorated, can impress more than an overloaded plate.
You can use
decoration to add a special touch to your photo. Fresh food works best, such as
crisp, green leaves or colorful fruits. Pretty dishware, linen napkins, or
cutlery can also make a great impression.
Photo editing apps
offer countless possibilities to optimize your images. A slight raise of
contrast or saturation often suffices to improve your food photos. You can also
experiment with filters. Anything is possible as long as you find the outcome
as tasty as the dish in front of you.
Now grab your
camera and give it a try! We’re looking forward to seeing your new and improved
food photos. To share them with us, and see your photos shared with our
community, simply comment on this article or attach your photo to any Kitchen
Stories recipe. You can also tag us on Instagram @kitchenstories_official. Happy snapping!
Published on April 24, 2017