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Hey Photographer! Martina Here!

This week we’re focusing on taking your food photography to the next level. Here are a few tips and tricks!

Create a shallow depth of field: Typical in food photography you want part of the plate or the subject to be in focus and the rest of the frame to be a soft blur. If everything is in focus, the viewer’s eye can get distracted or overwhelmed. Create a shallow depth of field to direct the viewer’s attention to the exact portion of the frame that matters most.

Manual mode: Use manual focus to make sure you focus on your favorite part of the food. Also, use manual mode to set up your camera settings. If you use the Macro Mode or other Automatic Modes, the camera may automatically pop up the flash and that’s exactly what you don’t want.

Lighting: Instead of using flash or artificial lighting, try to use natural light. Set up your workplace near a bright window. If the light is too bright use a light diffuser or put a sheer white sheet over the window. If you’re in a dark environment, like a restaurant, embrace the moody lighting and increase your ISO to make the camera more sensitive to light.

Get in close: When photographing food the fine details are what matters. You should be able to see the texture of the food and all the small details.

Get the right lens for the job: Using a macro lens is a great choice for food photography. Some macro lenses are able to focus just a few inches from the subject, allowing you to capture intricate details. If you don’t have a macro lens you can always use a prime lens instead.

Composition: When choosing your composition think about shape, form, and texture. Don’t forget to apply the rule of thirds here. Shoot from various angles until you find the most striking one!

Less is more: The main goal here is to create a clean frame as opposed to visual clutter. Look through your camera and see if there’s anything you could eliminate from your frame. Check all four corners. Everything in your frame should emphasize the main subject. If there are distracting elements in the shot,  eliminate them!

Add color: Make sure the food you are photographing is a different color from the plate. For a pop of color you can add subjects like silverware, wooden cutting boards, a napkin, fresh herbs, etc.

Get messy: After taking perfect shots of the food, take a bite of it and take some more shots. If you don’t want your shot to look overly-staged, throw some crumbs near the plate, or add sprinkled herbs to the scene. Don’t be scared to be messy!

White balance: Make sure you adjust your white balance according to the light you’re shooting in. White balance is critical when photographing food, because various light sources can produce various colors casts – either slightly blue or slightly orange. These color casts will impact the way your food looks in each shot! It’s important for the food to look accurate, so set your White Balance to match the type of light you’re using. If you forgot this step while shooting, don’t worry! It’s very simple to correct this color cast in most photo editing software on your computer.

Happy Shooting!

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