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TEN TIPS TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR FOOD LIKE A PRO

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With the holidays quickly approaching, you're bound to come across a drool-worthy plate or two. For all those who wish to capture their Thanksgiving feasts in all their glory from the comfort of their own homes, here are our ten tips for taking the most professional shots possible, whether it be on your high-end camera or on your phone.

1. LIGHTING

Lighting is key in photography, you should always attempt to shoot your food pictures in natural daylight rather than artificial light. Natural light will provide a better environment and will result in brighter and more natural colors. Try to shoot outside or when indoors always try to position your arrangement near a window to make use of the natural light.

2. SHADOWS

Shadows are just as important as lighting in photography. They can either complement your photo or, if too dark, dominate it and distract from your subject. When photographing your arrangement use a more diffused light source, it will create softer shadows which will enhance your photo, adding depth and visual interest. 

3. COLOR

Food photography allows you a great deal of freedom to play around with color. Colors have a substantial impact on your composition, affecting the overall feel of the image. For example, compositions using similar or warm colors invoke feelings of comfort while contrasting or vibrant colors make for a dynamic exciting image. 

4. COMPOSITION

Consider the arrangement of the food, as the composition greatly affects the picture as a whole. Position each element neatly and with thought. Arrange the subjects within the space to see which setup looks best and attempt to create a unique composition that is both balanced and visually interesting.

5. BACKGROUND

To best complement your composition, you should use a simple clean background. Don't over clutter your surface or it will distract from your arrangement. Leaving some empty negative space will often create a more pleasing composition, however, don't be afraid to decorate your space with some smaller items that relate or compliment your main subject.

6. ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS

To complement your arrangement and create a more interesting and engaging image, you can include additional elements. For example, you may want to place a book next to a cozy breakfast arrangement to create a tranquil mood or include your hand grasping a glass or dish to create a sense of movement.

7. ANGLE

Take the time to study your subject to determine which angle is most flattering to shoot from. Shooting from above is often best because it is easier to arrange and show all the elements to create a strong and balanced composition. However, when photographing a glass or a subject with layers that you wish to showcase, consider shooting from the side.

8. SIMPLICITY

Often times the food speaks for itself, try not to distract from it with unnecessary elements. A simple minimalist composition can be more impactful. Avoid using brightly colored dishes and don't shy away from relying on the natural bold color or shape of the food.

9. EXPOSURE

A common problem food photographers face is over-exposure. To avoid this becoming an issue, simply adjust the exposure levels on your camera or phone so that you are able to see all the detail in your picture clearly, even those in the brightest and darkest areas.

10. EDITING

Finally don't be afraid to digitally enhance your photo later on. Whether you want your colors to appear more vivid or muted, this can be done through any photo editing app or software.

Our studio is specially equipped to cater to food photography. The space is large enough to allow for the construction of complex sets directly onsite. One could easily build a fully functional kitchen or dining room in which to shoot. In addition, our state of the art lighting and lighting grid are designed to ensure that you are able to capture your culinary arrangement in the most flattering light possible. For more information about our studio call (718) 502 6302 or email info@lytehousestudio.com, Happy Thanksgiving!