Six ways to shoot… Food
1 Layer it
Create layers, shapes and textures within your setup by using different types of surfaces and objects to contain the food. Things such as wooden or slate chopping boards and small attractive bowls will help you dress your set and give you lots of creative options to play with.
2 Shooting angle
Think about the angle you are going to shoot from and how the subject relates to the background. Food is one of the subjects that works really well photographed from above, so really simple but effective setups can be created on a basic tabletop or even the floor.
3 Embrace the light
It doesn’t matter whether you use natural or studio lighting – but what you must do is make it interesting. Back or side lighting can help you create shadows that in turn add some depth and finesse to your photo. Directional lighting can be easily controlled with reflectors.
4 Make it look fresh and appetising
Create your scene first and add the food element last so that it is as fresh as possible. Fruit or vegetables can be made to look fresher with a quick wash or simply by wrapping it in damp kitchen paper until the last moment. A quick spray of fine mist water from a bottle couldn’t hurt either, but take care not to wet areas you want to keep dry.
5 Use relevant props
The introduction of props such as knives, forks and spoons can help to fill dull areas with something interesting. Junk shops are good places to find more unusuallooking cutlery. Don’t worry if it is battered and scratched: this can add to its appeal.
6 Live View is your friend
With the camera on a tripod and Live View you can make tiny adjustments to your composition and see the effect instantly on the back of the camera. Don’t be afraid to move things around until your composition takes shape.
This shot combines some of the classic ingredients of food photography.