Step BY Step / How to cook up a storm with your Nikon
1 Move towards the light
It’s best to position the food side-on to a window – ideally one that is north-facing, or that simply doesn’t have direct sunlight shining through. This forms a large, indirect light source that is naturally diffuse, and so will introduce soft, wrapping shadows.
2 Set the scene
The environment that your festive munchies are placed in is almost as important as the food itself. Natural textures, such as wood, make for attractive surfaces, while fairy lights and fir trees in the background really help add to the Christmassy feel.
3 Style the food
Subjects tend to look better as clusters of odd numbers. Arrange the food with the most attractive side towards the camera, and spread seasonal items, such as pine cones, through the scene. As well as a three-quarters view, try shooting from above in a ‘flat-lay’ style.
4 Aperture Priority mode
Set a wide aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and focus on the closest part of the food, so that the rest of it drops gradually out of focus while the background is reduced to an indistinct blur. Be sure to set the ISO for a fast enough shutter speed to avoid camera shake.