As a new food blogger, one of my biggest challenges has been photographing the food I make. Good food photos are important for a food blog. Even the newest food bloggers learn one thing very fast, Pinterest is a huge driver of traffic. For Pinterest to work for your food blog, you need enticing photos.
When I saw Jane Windham’s request for blogging tutorials on her site, Cottage at the Crossroads, I knew I wanted to help out as best I could but being a new blogger myself, I wasn’t sure how. Then I thought I could share what I am learning–slowly–about food photography. If you take a look at my blog, you can see it is definitely something I need to learn more about!
I have been searching the web for tips on better food photography and have found a variety of helpful websites and blogs. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to choose natural lighting over artificial for food photos as much as possible. My last blog entry was a sloppy joe recipe. I took lots of photos in my kitchen, but it was evening and the light coming through the windows wasn’t strong, so I took a plateful outside. I think the sloppy joe looked much better in the natural light.
Another photography issue I wanted to find out more about: Do you need an expensive camera and equipment? I have a simple point and shoot camera my kids bought me a few years ago that I have been hoping would at least help get my blog started. I think the cheapo camera is fine as long as you pay attention to other details. There are many great blogs with photographs taken with less expensive equipment.
There are many things to consider when taking photographs of food. Here are a few inspirational places to start for the basics of food photography:
The Huffington Post article, “How to Photograph Food Without a Fancy Camera” offers plenty of good food photography tips at the beginner level, no expensive equipment needed. It covers topics like shooting angles, cropping and lighting. The article states “Please don’t use flash”, which seems to be a recurring theme throughout the sites I visited. A comment on this post reads: I’ve found that using the brightness/contrast filter in PS (Photoshop) allows me to avoid using a flash, which is the kiss of death when doing close-ups of food.”
Are you a visual learner? I love this slideshow of photography tips on the Huffington Post website, “How to Snap Pictures of Your Holiday Food that Look Good Enough to Eat” by Lou Manna. It includes tips for bloggers using a higher end camera.
Here’s another article with simple, easy to use tips for better photos. “5 Tips for Food Photography” from ABeautifulMess.com, written by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. This is a “working” food, DIY, fashion, inspirational (lots of good stuff!) blog. If you are new to blogging, you might find some of their other tutorials helpful, such as “5 Tips for Bloggers” and “How to Start Your Blog with a Bang“.
Speaking of inspirational, foodie blog JustaTaste.com, has some gorgeous food photos that made me want to eat my computer! Instead, I just “pinned” a ton of them. The creator of the site is chef and professional food photographer Kelly Senyei. She is also the author of the new book, “Food Blogging for Dummies”. I haven’t read it but if her blog is any indication, it’s got to be worth a look. By the way, she shoots her food photos in natural light only.
For more in depth study, try the website Gourmande In the Kitchen. It is written by Sylvie Shirazi, who states in her bio, “Join me as I pursue life with a camera in one hand and a fork in the other!”. Also a food blog with mouthwatering photos, the site offers a series “Language of Food Photography”. The free series includes “Principles of Design”, “Food Styling”, and “Finding your Style”, among other topics. In addition, they include a few other articles, such as “Finding Props for Food Photography” with Naomi Robinson and “Learning Your Camera and How to Shoot Moody Images” by professional photographer Peter Georgakopoulos. You will find all the articles listed here on the GourmandeInTheKitchen.com page, Photography.
Are you looking for an in-depth guide to gorgeous food photos? Pinch of Yum has an excellent step-by-step food photography ebook. I purchased the book several months ago and have been very happy with it. As you can see by my blog entries, it has helped me so much. Of course, I still have a way to go!
The ebook covers all the essentials including:
- Food props
- and more…
Full disclosure, this is an affiliate link, however, I only recommend it because I use it and am quite happy with my purchase.
I am happy to learn I don’t have to buy an expensive camera to get great food shots for my blog. I hope you find these sites to be as inspirational and helpful as I did. Good Luck!
What do you think? Have you been happy with your food photos? Do you agree natural light is the best way to go? Leave me a message, would love to hear from you Di
Attn Mommy Bloggers: Want to pin more of your posts? Check out: http://www.cookthetv.com/2012/08/want-to-pin-more-of-your-blog/
Curious to learn more about food photography? Here’s one more article on AtThePicketFence, especially for bloggers: http://www.atthepicketfence.com/2011/04/you-asked-for-it-and-were-giving-it-to.html?showComment=1343662172570#c95772437043908720