Food photography basics: camera settings and editing tips
Create mouth-watering images with these easy-to-follow tips and bring them to life with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
When it comes to creating realistic and appetising food photography, subtlety is key. With a little preparation, a touch of creativity, and a few simple edits you can produce stunning images that demand to be tasted.
There are a few things to bear in mind before you get started:
ISO, in simple terms, is the sensitivity of your camera to light. Generally, you want to keep your ISO as low as possible to avoid noise in your image but boosting ISO can let you use faster shutter speeds in low light.
Fast shutter speeds
By using a fast shutter speed, you can produce crisp images and reduce the risk of image blur, especially if you’re hand-holding the camera.
If you need a slower shutter speed for dimmer lighting, a tripod will help.
Show off your creativity by adjusting your aperture. A shallow depth of field will help the food stand out and command attention. With a wider aperture, you can add a touch of ambience to the shot by bringing more of the scene into focus.
Composition and staging
Lighting is crucial in creating natural-looking food photographs. Using a flash can make the food look greasy and unappetising, so try and use natural light wherever you can.
Direct sunlight can wash out your photography and lead to flat and lifeless images so experiment by reflecting sunlight onto your food with a white sheet or umbrella. Or, set your shot up next to a wall or shaded windowsill.
Add contrast by choosing an interestingbackdrop or complement your subject with a colourful plateorbowl. Utensils, ingredients and other props can also add interest to the image and help the food stand out.
- Contrast is key. Add depth by paying attention to the highlights and shadows. Bringout the details in the food by adjusting clarity.
- Experiment with cropping your image to drawviewers’attention exactly where you want it.
- Boost colours by adjusting the vibrance and saturation, but don’t go too far. You want the image to look fresh and inviting, not artificial.