Sunday, July 29, 2012

4 Basic Things About Foodography // A Guest Post by Nela

Photography is one of my passions, and one of the things that I do best with my photography skillz is taking pictures guessed it.... FOOD. :D Combine my love for food and photography together and the results from it will blow your mind....from mouth-watering sensations that is. ;)

Now, I haven't been taking pictures of food for very long, not before I first received my DSLR camera last year.  But over the course of that time, I've learned a few things. Namely the important stuff that you should know when you're taking pictures of food. So let's get down to the basics, shall we? ;)

#1: Lighting 
Every article that you'll ever read about taking proper pictures of food will always say, that the most important thing to remember is the light. Lighting is everything in the photography world, especially in the region of food. Because good lighting makes the food appear more appetizing and appealing to the viewer. Natural light is always better than light from a bulb, but if you can't always get that natural light, make sure you tone down the flash on your camera, or if you're just like me, you turn off the flash completely, take the picture, and edit it later to the way you like it. :)

#2: Props
Now I'll admit that I don't use very many props in my pictures, mostly because I just don't have time for it, and I have no idea what I'm doing. :D But they're worth it if you want your photos to look more elegant. For me, when you look at a photo with props in it, it gives you a feeling that the food just's waiting for you to devour it. At least that's my impression. :)

#3: Perspective
It's always good to try different angles of your food subject. Because the same photos aren't going to cut it for many people. So try to get up close to the food (but not too close that you can't tell what it is), experiment different angles and find which ones work best for you.

#4: Focus
The focus gives the food a more depth of feeling to it. It's like when you're gazing at it, the world around disappears for a moment and you're lost in a daze as you bite into the food that's in front of you.  But be warned, too much bokeh (especially up front) can ruin the whole conception of the dish that your wanting to portray. Make sure the the focus is clear up front, and faded a bit in the back.
Trust me, you won't regret it  ;)

Well, those are the four basic things that I've learned from foodography.

 Do you have any tips on taking pictures of food?

I would love to know. :)


Hi there! My name is Nela Holmes and I blog over at "Beloved Star" and Nel's Home Cooking. Some of my passions in life are photography, cooking, baking, reading, writing, martial arts, and blogging. I am a sinner saved by the grace of God, without Him I don't know where I'd be. 
So drop by for a visit sometime. I would love to meet you. :)


  1. Lovely post, Nela! :) Photographing food is very fun--though challenging at times! :)

    Great tips! {And yes, I'm like you. I hate the flash. ;)}

  2. Your foodography is always so pretty, Nela! I think I'll try some of these tips. I have something planned for the month of October that needs lots of foodography so this will help!