Want to take food photographs that are close to the quality offered by pros like CM Images? Here are a few tips to get started:
Pick fresh ingredients
Photographing means that all the details will be on display, including the tiniest flaws. Avoid any wrinkled skin ingredients or damaged vegetables, and keep checking for these details, as they can arise over the course of a shoot. Also, be careful while buying your produce.
Lighting is crucial
Backlight is the key to bringing out the food’s texture and making it appear appetizing. Smoke or steam, when lit from behind, will appear prominently. Photos that feature light skimming from behind make even the simplest salad look fresh and crisp – in fact, the salad will be glistening. There is no need for fancy lighting, but lighting from behind is required.
Simplicity is the key
Remove the stuff you do not require. Eliminate distracting things from the table. If you have cooked something and it does not really look attractive, just a portion of it can be shown. If you have to show a brown soup, there is no way that you can make it visually stimulating. If so, get creative, cover it with props and adhere to the rule, ‘less is more.’
Keep simple props
Raw ingredients, for example, can be added as extra props, as can plates and cutlery. Ensure that you bring non-patterned bowls and plates, as all the concentration should be drawn towards the food. If you lack props, use the food bits as props.
Show the process, from chopping to the cooking pot. Show a shot before it is cooked and then when it is getting cooked, and then after it is cooked. Prop soups with raw ingredients to offer a desired appeal.
Include human elements
Sometimes there is a need to show a hand holding a plate or stirring a pot. Adding a human element is more appealing and viewers find it real.
When vegetables and meat are fully cooked, on removal from the pot or pan they also keep cooking. Remove them a bit early from the oven or stove so that the vegetables look juicy and plump.
Vary the camera angle
Consider different angles and shoot the food items overhead. Get creative and show it differently. Tilt a little and it will add interest. Take the backlighting into account.
Add a little oil
Allow your vegetables to glisten – you can do this by brushing them with olive oil or sprinkling water on salads, making them look fresher.