5 Tips to Improve your Food Photography

If you want to win the #Food Contest, you need to know that food photography is a whole world of its own. Above all, food photos must look desirable, appealing, tempting… an invitation to be eaten. If just looking at it your taste buds get going, the photographer has done his job.

This is one of two posts with tips about food photography. Check out the other post on how to make delicious photos.

If you enjoy this post don’t forget to check out other blog posts with photography tips on composition and lighting so you can learn how to master them and improve your chances to be the next AGORA Hero!!

1- Choose your angle:

Composition is a very important aspect of food photography. It will draw the viewer’s attention to the star in your image. The way you place the different elements in your frame will determine which are the most important subjects while adding volume and depth to the image. You can also use accessories or props such as spoons, knives, forks or other items to create lines or layers that improve your composition and help your storytelling. Don’t forget to properly select the surface which will be the base of your composition. It can provide the right mood for the scenario. Crafted wood or ceramics create a warmer feel, while steel or metal surfaces provide a colder atmosphere.

2- Put your star in context: 

Pick the star of your composition and surround it with other dishes, ingredients and props related to your main dish that make it stand out or tell a story. Focus the attention on a dish or individual subject and make it the star of the show. Let everything else be secondary by making them blurry or out of focus. Empty spaces are also important. They will let the scene breathe and keep the focus on what is most important.

3- Light is king:

Let the elements you choose shine and everything else could be less illuminated. Natural light may be the best solution, but a little artificial help is often highly recommended, mainly to avoid harsh shadows that could distract attention. Use light diffusers to soften the direct sunlight. White cards to reflect and obtain fill light by bouncing light into the darker areas, and black cards to block the light so it does not illuminate certain areas.

4- The power of color:

Be aware of the importance of color. It can be your ally to make your main subject be the focus, or your enemy if it absorbs attention in unwanted areas.

5- Appetizing:

Never take your eyes off this goal: You are portraying food so it has to look appetizing, desirable and, above all, it has to look real and fresh (ie: don’t over airbrush your burger)!


Has this post helped you to improve your knowledge about food photography? What kind of tips would you like us to post here about food photography?