Capturing your Instagram photo is everything. Sharing a drool-worthy image not only gets your friends asking you “where can I get that?”, but increase your presence on social media. A nicer image means more likes.
In this post, we will discuss some key points to create a better image. Understanding the various aspects of what makes a great photo allows you to improve your photography skills and capture your best food picture. Check out some of our tips below to capture your most slurp worthy summer drink image!
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Lighting for Food Photos
Natural Vs. Synthetic Lighting. Whether indoors or outdoors, natural or synthetic light can give you a beautiful photo. A good tip though, is to not mix the two types of lighting. Set your mind to one and commit!
If you are using a camera on your phone, New Orleans based commercial food photographer Matthew Noel suggests to focus the image on the darker part in the frame in order for the rest of the image to lighten.
Flash. Using flash tends to create a light-distorted image. Whether using natural or synthetic lighting, try to avoid the flash.
Be aware of when using your flash to ensure no other items in the shot are reflective and will create a bounce-back of the flash. You don’t want your image ruined by too much lighting!
Props and Backgrounds for Food Photos
Props. Having ingredients that your drink is composed of around is a great way to add detail.
Other ideas to include in the image frame can be mixing spoons, cocktail shakers, fun straws, a fun placemat, or even just your drink in a pitcher with glasses surrounding it.
Though it is good to note that too many props create clutters. Food blogger Kate of Cookie and Kate, recommends that if the props do not add anything to the image remove them. Clutter creates a messy photo.
Backdrops. To create an image with a dark background or pure white, it is common to use various board materials to create a synthetic background. Using pieces of wood, poster board, or even tile allows a backdrop and base to be crafted that eliminates any background noise from the area you are taking an image. This set-up also allows for lighting to be better directed.
For ideas on what materials can be used, check out the suggestions from A Beautiful Plate.
Angles for Food Photos
Try all the angles you can! Try a shot up close and focuses or from further away to capture your drink and some details of ingredients. You never know which angle will produce the best image, so click away!
What Camera to Use for Food Photography
Phone Vs. Professional. There is a debate about which is better, well as always, the answer is- it depends! If you are just about grabbing that Instagram worthy image, a phone camera is just right for you! The smartphone camera has come a long way and has some great features to grab light, focus an image, and capture a great photo. Smart-phones also give you the options to edit images right on your phone with various applications.
But if seriously considering amping up your food photography skills, you might want to look into a professional camera to capture your best foodie moments. Professional cameras give you the option to test out different lenses and create crisper images.
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