Have you ever studied those photographs that entice us to pick up that pizza or scoop up that stew and licked your lips, wondering whether that oozy chocolate pudding tastes as delicious as it looks?
For the foodies among us there could be nothing better than capturing that steaming plate on film, so that we can remember it again, and again. But how do you achieve the most scrumptious picture of sustenance?
Follow these five tips from SmugMug.com, the site that safely stores your photos online and take that tantalizing, tasty shot.
1. Explore your surroundings – Part of the enjoyment of food photography is being out and about at restaurants, pubs, street food vendors and friends’ dinner parties. Tasting is everything, once you’ve documented your delicious dish of course.
2. Get in position – Find out where you should shoot from to get the best results. Working out where the natural light falls on the plate will ensure you’re in the right place at the right time to highlight your grandiose grub. Then move closer or further away. Proximity will make the posh nosh strike you in a different way.
3. The Rule of Thirds – you could try using the ‘rule of thirds’. Simply divide your frame into imaginary thirds on both the horizontal and vertical axis. Now simply place areas of interest at the points at which the lines intersect, or along one of the lines. This will give the composition of your shot more tension, energy and interest than simply centring the subject would.
4. Scale – When your subject is of unspecified size. For example; an ice cream cone or a burrito. Add a sense of scale by including something of known size. This will help the viewer understand what they’re looking at.
5. Layer up for interest – Add several layers to your composition beyond the main dish, such as condiments or cutlery in the foreground and background elements to create interest, depth and texture. Add plates for height or background wallpaper for texture and colour contrast.