Improve your photography skills with Contest hosts Cara and Brendan!

Feeling hungry? Great, because it’s almost time for #Food2019 – our latest photo Contest to be launched this Friday 20.08.19 by influential photographers from AGORA! ๐Ÿ™Œ

In order to inspire the Community and get you to bring your best work to the table we’ve invited our all time favorite food photographers to launch their very own scrumptious Contest! ๐Ÿฝ

So meet them now as they serve their top food photography tips for you to start preparing and improve your chances at becoming this year’s Hero! ๐Ÿ‘‡

Cara and Brendan from Plant & Plate

“We are Cara and Brendan, the photographers behind Plant & Plate, a plant-based blog focused on seasonal, delicious and low food waste recipes. We offer tips and tricks to use up foods that are commonly wasted, from banana skins to stale bread.

Our mission is to show that you really donโ€™t need to throw much, if any food into the bin and to inspire you with creative and innovative ways of cooking that youโ€™ve never thought to try, until now.

We are a British couple that both studied Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Beckett University where Cara specialized in food photography. Following University, I, Brendan, was working in a kitchen while Cara set up a small business selling vegan cakes at cafes and fairs around West Yorkshire. Making the same recipes day in and day out became monotonous and with so many recipes up our sleeves, we decided to create a food blog and it was a match made in heaven!

It didnโ€™t take long before the photography became a huge role in the blog. We realized that without the food looking interesting and delicious, nobody would want to make it. The photography became just as important as the recipe development, and a real creative outlet. After just a few months, Cara began to get offers for freelance food photography work, until it became her full-time job alongside the blog!

We are so thrilled to be part of AGORA’s #Food2019 Contest and are so excited to see people from all over the world showcasing their work. Check out our 3 top essential tips for taking your food photography to the next level to increase your chances of impressing us and winning. Good luck!๐Ÿ‘‡”

โ˜๏ธ Shadows and layers!

“Create interest in your image while drawing the eye to your subject using lines, layers and sometimes, shadows.

When you have lots of props and ingredients in the frame, you have to find a way to direct your audiences eye to the subject. This is where your composition comes into play, the best way to achieve this is with lines and layers.
This can be achieved by using cutlery, ingredients, napkins, cloths and even flowers; basically, anything that helps tell the story of your recipe!

Flat lays are particularly great for this particular tip as you get a whole look of what is going on in the image. An example here of how we subtly create lines and layers using ingredients with various textures on plates, and props around the pasta. “

โœŒ๏ธColour Coordination!

“One trick we love to use a lot is the use of colour co-ordination in the images and choosing your colours strategically. The primary goal in food photography is to make your subject the star of the picture while keeping the audience interested in the overall image.

A great way to use co-ordinated colour is to make your subject stand out by being the main contrasting colour in the frame and to have the background left more subtle with a complementary colour. Such as in the example, all of the colours are of a similar tone, but the fruits are much stronger in the image, leading your eye right to them.

If you have food such as a stew, curry or stir fry which may be more brownish, a pop of green (herbs), white (yoghurt/cream) or pink (pomegranate seeds) will go a very long way in creating freshness in the image. 

And lastly, have fun with colour! Nowadays food photography is becoming much more artistic, allowing room for playfulness, particularly with your colour palette. So experiment, stray from the usual cool-toned backdrops and go for something more lively and unique. The only thing to remember is that too many colours may mean that the subject gets completely lost in translation. So be playful with intent.”


“Light is absolutely key in food photography or any photography for that matter. Unless you feel very comfortable with using artificial light, our first rule is to find a large window, turn off any artificial lights in your home as they create an unattractive yellow or blue tone in the picture, and get shooting.

Using a few tools to help you manipulate and control the light will bring your photography forward leaps and bounds. Using a diffuser against direct sunlight will evenly distribute those light particles meaning that a nice balance of soft light will be thrown over your image. You can also achieve this using a thin white cloth/sheet.

You can also use white and black cards, which can easily be bought from craft shops and cut them to your size preferences. White cards work great to cast light into darker areas. Dark cards are great for moody food photography and deepening shadows for more contrast.

Recently hard-light has become much more popular in food photography, you can create hard lines and interesting shadows. You could use artificial light to create this, but we really enjoy working with direct sunlight when it graces us with its presence and experimenting with shadows, the hardness of the light and how graphic hard light makes the food look.”

๐Ÿ† Follow Cara and Brendan’s advice and you could win:

  • The Credits Jackpot
  • 100,000 โญ๏ธs
  • Feature on the AGORA Review
  • Worldwide coverage of your winning photo through our social media

In addition, the Top 50 photographers will win:

  • 5 credits
  • 5,000 โญ๏ธs

Thereโ€™s no time to waste! Put Cara and Brendan’s tips to practise and start preparing your best #Food2019 photos for this Friday! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ๐Ÿฃ

Questions for the Community:

Has this post inspired your creativity?

What tips would you add to those above?

Hit the reactions below to tell us your thoughts! ๐Ÿ‘‡