Two posts in one week!?!? What is this?? Well, I can’t give myself all the credit. I have the pleasure of introducing my friend and fellow blogger Lauren for a blog post today on food photography. I reached out to Lauren to write a guest post about this because…let’s face it…we’ve all seen my food photography. Even though my grandfather was an excellent photographer I guess it doesn’t run in the family. I try!!! Hopefully using these tips will make me better.
Hi readers! My name is Lauren Garcia, aka Lola of whatlolalikes.
I am a Phoenix based lifestyle blogger on food, fashion, and fitness. Andrea and I go way back to first meeting in middle school. From sleepovers to being weekend warrior mall rats; it’s fun to think back on a time when life wasn’t all about careers or paying bills. Although Andrea and I went to separate colleges and I moved across the country, we stayed in touch and I am so happy to be able to guest post on her blog today.
A little bit about myself. Over three years ago in April, I married my husband; becoming determined to really learn my way around the kitchen. Re-creating delicious plates and being inspired by chefs like Giada de Laurentiis, cooking has become so therapeutic and one of my favorite ways to pass free time. Around that same time, I began to think about health and being my happiest self. I started to make exercise a part of my daily routine while training for half marathons and always staying on top of making time for the gym. Most importantly, I have focused on completely changing my diet, which has made such a change in my overall health these past few years. Everyone has their ups and downs when it comes to eating healthy, but it’s getting yourself back on track when you see yourself really starting to slip that will make the biggest change in your overall lifestyle.
As a hobby, I do enjoy taking photographs. I may not know everything about photography but I do know I have improved my #foodporn photo taking skills by just changing a few key elements in my presentation. A few I will share with you all today.
Please note: Husbands/fiancés/boyfriends/friends may get irritated with your photo shoots after each meal is prepared. They will learn to live with it.
1. Use natural light. This is the best advice I can ever give you. Place your plate next to a large window or better yet, do what I do, and go outside. I first learned this easy photo fix when I was living in an apartment, so going outside was pretty comical when people drove passed me. But… you have to do whatever you need to do to get that picture perfect!
Use white plates. My wedding photographer actually gave me this idea and then I started to notice the trend myself. It makes such a difference. If you do not have white plates (which I did not at the time- probably the only person who didn’t register for white plates for her wedding), then use a white paper towel or copy paper if possible.
Show the process. I like to show the people interested how the food is being made. When taking photographs of the complete meal, consider adding some of the dry ingredients next to the plate.
Garnish your plate. There is nothing prettier than something that looks like it is out of a magazine or gourmet restaurant. Make the plate look mouthwatering.
Clean your plate. Make sure that white plate is spotless, meaning no splashes or crumbs are left behind. Spot cleaning may be necessary.
Angle your lens. Get up in there or take a photograph standing directly over it. Play with the angels for your desired
Put a filter on it. Especially when using something like Instagram to showcase your foodie efforts, adding a photo filter can make all the difference.
Do you consider yourself a novice or expert with food photography?
What tips helped you learn?
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