Five quick tips for better food photography


 

Through the rise of Instagram and a huge number of food blogs, food photography has evolved from a fairly niche genre to one that is trending! Here's 5 quick tips to take your food photography to the next level!

1. Use a folded sheet of white paper or card as a handy reflector

Reflectors are pretty cheap anyway, but circular reflectors don't stand up on a table very well! To make a really cheap and surprisingly effective reflector, simple take a sheet of heavy white paper or card and fold it in half. You can then stand your new reflector up on the table and bounce some light back into the shadow side of your photo.

 

2. Use window light for lovely soft lighting

When it comes to food photography, it's pretty hard to beat using window light. Find a window, pop your shooting surface or table next to it and voila, lovely soft light. You can use this to light your dish in anyway you please, though side or backlighting often works really well.

Mmm. Waffles. This shot was taken using only the light from the window!

Mmm. Waffles. This shot was taken using only the light from the window!

If you're finding the light a little harsh (usually if it's really sunny) then try covering the window with some greaseproof paper. 

3. No window light? Use flash with a big diffuser or bounce off the wall

Not all of us have the luxury of shooting during daylight, but that's really no problem either! You can use a flashgun to light your food photos. For a simple solution, put the flash on the camera and bounce it off a large wall to the side of the surface you're shooting on. This will simulate a nice big light source.

Taken with flash, still looks tasty right? Only a few waffles were harmed in the making of this photograph. 

Taken with flash, still looks tasty right? Only a few waffles were harmed in the making of this photograph. 

If you're confident in taking your flash off camera, use a large modifier such as a softbox, or even shoot through a diffusion panel (heck, you could even use a shower curtain or white sheet).

4. Dull window light? Use a tripod and cable release to get sharp shots

If you're shooting by a smaller window or it's a particularly dull day, getting sharp shots hand held can be tricky. Pull out your trusty tripod and handy cable release (*cough* Triggertrap Mobile *cough*) and you won't need to worry about slightly longer exposures causing you trouble.

Crumbs, that's sharp. Taken with the camera secured to a tripod and using a cable release. 

Crumbs, that's sharp. Taken with the camera secured to a tripod and using a cable release. 

Still taken with a tripod, this time without a cable release. The result is a much less sharp image!

Still taken with a tripod, this time without a cable release. The result is a much less sharp image!

5. Keep a pair of tweezers handy for easy styling

Not exactly a photography tip, but keeping the food looking good is equally important. Using tweezers to style your food is far easier than trying to pluck tiny crumbs from a plate, plus you'll avoid leaving finger prints everywhere which can be a real nightmare to photoshop out.

Gotcha! Using a thin nosed set of tweezers makes picking up crafty little crumbs a piece of cake. 

Gotcha! Using a thin nosed set of tweezers makes picking up crafty little crumbs a piece of cake. 


Why not try out some of these tips for yourself? Have a tip that you want to share with us?  We want to see what you come up with over on our social channels! Tag us @Triggertrap and #Triggertrap to make sure we see it.

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