How to shoot tasty treats

You’ve gone to the trou­ble of cook­ing it, so why not get some lovely food pho­tos out of it, as well? Ja­son Par­nell-brookes rus­tles up a tasty shot

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Don’t just eat your favourite food, take scrummy shots of it

For many of us, Christ­mas is syn­ony­mous with an ex­cess of food, and all us pho­tog­ra­phers love tak­ing pic­tures to re­mem­ber the hol­i­day sea­son. So why not com­bine the two and make the most of all the hard work put into mak­ing those fes­tive treats by set­ting up your Nikon and tak­ing a few tasty pho­to­graphs?

With a bit of dif­fused win­dow light and an un­clut­tered back­drop, it’s rel­a­tively straight­for­ward to make an ap­pe­tiz­ing shot; you just have to style the food the right way and se­lec­tively fo­cus to bring at­ten­tion to the mouth-wa­ter­ing morsels on dis­play.

The cam­era gear re­quired for this type of shoot is min­i­mal. You won’t need high-end equip­ment – any­thing from an en­try-level Nikon and kit lens will do here.

But what you can’t do with­out are a hand­ful of ac­ces­sories – as suc­cess­ful food pho­tog­ra­phy is all about dress­ing the scene. Rus­tic table­tops, serv­ing uten­sils, a scat­ter­ing of raw in­gre­di­ents and sea­sonal items can re­ally make the scene pop. So let’s get bak­ing…

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