Food photography advice from the experts.
Our experts answer your key questions and reveal their food photography tips:
How can I improve my food photography?
Sarah Aagesen says: “I’ll start with something that’s pretty un-styled, with maybe just the smoothie in the bowl to start. And I’ll take photos along the process as I’m adding things. So I’ll have them through different steps, in case I end up going too far or adding too much. Sometimes you’ll add a few things and think, ‘You know, it looked better a few less ingredients ago.’”
How can I get a balanced shot?
Food photography is similar to still life photography, and using the rule of thirds can “make all of your photos instantly look better,” according to photographer Derek Boyd.
Photographer Samuel Nute adds: “Think of your viewfinder as broken up into nine different sections, and try and stay cognizant of what’s filling up six of those areas.”
How can I improve the light for food photography?
Aagesen says: “Consider shooting through a window, if it’s not direct sunlight, or through a white curtain that diffuses the light.”
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Ben is an award-winning photographer and senior editor at Macworld magazine. Based in San Francisco, he has written books on digital photography, is a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, and a senior editor at CreativePro.com. He has worked for 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival.
Sarah is a professional photographer who is part of the Four S Club, which covers digital photography, marketing and design. Her brand photography has been used across a range of high-profile clients including Sun Butter, Foods Alive and Skoop.
Sam is a freelance photographer based in Portland, Oregon. He specialises in lifestyle, editorial and landscapes photography, with work spanning several industries and a client list that includes Sonos, IKEA, Ford, Soylent and MailChimp.
Oregon-based Derek has worked as a photographer for most of his adult life. He is a professional and artistic photographer, covering the Pacific Northwest. He has experience working on digital and film in studio and on location.