how to photograph food without a fancy camera
Let me count the method.
You are happy to try new recipes and write your adventure in the kitchen, and of course, eat the masterpieces you have created.
But what about food?
You can write a book about food, but the pictures are really worth a thousand words.
For me, this is the best way to capture the production and enjoy the final product experience.
* How to Shoot food like preparing food.
Before you make the food, put everything in the photo where you want it. This includes (
But not limited)
Serving food, props, lighting equipment, tripod.
The last thing you want to do is rush when taking pictures!
Remember that when you finish cooking/shooting the food you will be hungry and eat something in advance so you don\'t want to eat your food.
Please do not use flash.
Every food photographer and designer will tell you that the lights are more important than the food itself, boy, are they right?
Try to avoid using the flash on the camera (
Unless you use it as a foreground fill for other Side Lights).
When used separately, it produces rough, uneven lighting.
It is always best to use natural light, so take photos near the window or outdoors.
The best time of the day is late in the morning to early in the afternoon, if the weather god in the photo is working together, bright, cloudy days will provide the perfect lighting conditions.
If you have to take pictures at night, you can create a soft, natural light atmosphere with foodblogger-
The well-received Lowel EGO light.
I\'m lucky to receive this truly magical light as a gift, but if it\'s not within your reach, there are a lot of online tutorials that can be used to create your own Lightbox.
Operate the lights.
Lighting is everything, but you need to know how to operate it.
If the light from your window is too dazzling, spread it with parchment or a thin white sheet.
Do you want shadows on the right side of your food?
Make sure your light source comes from the left.
To be brighter and more uniform
Ignite the photo, use a homemade bounce board and place it on the opposite side of the light source.
The white foam core is the best, but the silver or gold foil also creates a lovely effect.
To make a foil springboard, carefully crush the foil and stick it to the foam core.
This will subtly scatter the reflected light.
The game won steadily.
The tripod is obviously a must, but if they are out of your price range, do what I should do when I am too lazy to get my tripod out.
I have managed to improvise a temporary tripod with a stack of books, a jar, or my favorite thing ---
An Old Bay seasoning tank.
For additional security, look for image stabilization on the camera to reduce the blur caused by accidental camera movement.
Read the camera manual.
You can easily change your photos from meh to wow!
By learning how to use the white balance, ISO, and macro settings of the camera.
Have you ever been frustrated by the unintentional orange or blue color in the photo?
It just means you need to adjust the white balance.
When you zoom in on a computer screen, the nasty sense of particles that appear in the photo means that you should reduce the ISO setting of the camera.
High ISO for low ISO
In the case of light, but since you should already have the correct light setting, it is better to use the lowest possible ISO to produce the least particle image.
My favorite camera feature must be macro settings.
Usually indicated by the flower or tulip button on the camera, this setting allows you to turn off-ups (and only close-ups)
Keep the focus and background of the food subtly blurred (
Also known as bokeh).
Experiment with different angles and cropping.
How to choose to capture the essence of food and create interest.
Although most lenses are from 30-
Angle, it depends on what you shoot. Stacked foods (
Like pancakes and cookies)
Looks best with straight tube
Emphasize the height of the stack when shooting, and the decorated table setting is best shot with overhead.
Shooting up is usually your best option, and sometimes it\'s better to pull the camera back and let your food pop up instead of filling up the whole shot.
When it comes to planting, either show the whole of the food or grow only one side of the food.
Planting on multiple sides of the food produces choppy images. Set your food.
Use props, such as tableware, napkins, extra decoration (
Like fresh herbs
Ingredients can help you fill the negative space in the photo and show the color of the food.
I don\'t know how to arrange things on the table?
Satisfy the third rule, which tells you how to use these dotted lines on the camera screen.
Choose the Right serving, variety.
The rule of thumb for serving dishes is to use smaller plates to prevent them from looking bare and use white plates as they are both simple and clean --looking.
White dishes may be the safest option, but they may also be boring.
Take a look at Ikea and Target and offer colorful patterned dishes at an affordable price.
Dining: you can go to the garage for sale and resale.
You can even try to make old-fashioned things with old oven baking cans, wood cutting boards or crumpled brown bagschic effects.
No matter how you place your food, make sure you place your food in a simple, clean background.
Put a piece of cloth, wrapping paper, tablecloth, sheet or shower curtain on the table and support it with a box.
With dirty little secrets.
Okay, let me just say it.
Almost all food photographers edit her photos in Photoshop (
Or a similar program).
This is our best friend when it comes to modifying the cropping, color hierarchy, contrast and sharpening elements of a photo.
You can get a good student discount on Photoshop during college, or you can download free photo editing programs such as GIMP and Picasa.
Learn from professionals and practice!
Get inspiration for food photos from recipes, foodgawker, FoodPornDaily, and your favorite food blog, and pin them on the finger board.
Imitate what they are best at, practice, and practice.
Brynn Cahalan is a student in business economics and digital arts at the University of California, Irvine.
Although the usual theme of her digital art project is human, she has realized that many of the same principles can be applied to food photography. Read more. . . —