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.
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.
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.
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.