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Mar132012

How to Photograph FOOD (for dummies)...

Have you ever wanted to take a picture of your 
FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPE...
or try your hand at food blogging, or Pinterest? Well I am going to give you a few SIMPLE tips to help you snap some AWESOME pictures!

(no fancy camera's required....seriously.)


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I started taking pictures of food a few years back with my little 6 megapixel, point and shoot camera (I actually created ALL 5 of my  recipe books with this simple little camera, so don't go out and buy a new camera). After much trial and error I finally figured out how to make food look mouthwatering! 

Confession: I took photography in high school, but I ditched most days, fortunately one of my best friends Andrea actually paid attention. She is a brilliant photographer,
I am the type that "fakes it til you make it"...but...

*Here's my little secrets... 

1- NEVER, EVER take pictures of 
food with a flash
This is a cardinal rule of mine. Just so you know food usually looks horrible with a flash! So if it's dark outside you are pretty much out of luck..... which leads me to my next secret.

2- ALWAYS TAKE PICTURES 
OF FOOD OUTSIDE! 
Just ask my neighbors, they always see me running outside in my bare feet throwing down a table cloth or placemat on the driveway trying to get an awesome picture. *note: you can sometimes get a good picture in the house if you have some indirect light coming through a window, but I prefer outside.

3- NEVER TAKE A PICTURE IN FULL-SUN! 
Which means I try and coordinate my cooking days with a cloudy forecast. Since you cannot always control the weather remember to take your pictures in the shade, or indirect light.

4- TAKE A THOUSAND PICTURES 
or as many as you need until you get that PERFECT ONE. 
This is the beauty of digital photography. 

5- ANGLES are EVERYTHING!
 So get down on your belly and snap a shot from the ground level. Also try directly from above, from behind, from the side etc. You will get different light with different angles so be creative!

6- TOUCH IT UP! 
This is the difference between an O.K. picture a SUPER AMAZING PICTURE! Don't worry it's actually WAY easier than you think it is. If you have a "Mac" computer you can simply touch up your picture in iphoto. If you have a P.C. you might have these tools available in your photo software so look around. 

Also you can touch up pictures using FREE online software like Picnik.com


Some things you will want to try adjusting are.... 
-The Contrast (you want black blacks and strong whites)
-The Lighting
-The Saturation
-The Sharpness
-The Brightness


I would give more specifics, but touching up pictures is mostly by preference and the LOOK you want. I like my pictures to be BRIGHT and VIBRANT so I adjust where needed. Just play around until you get something that you like.
I PROMISE if you try these tips you will LOVE the results!

Good luck! 
Ali Eisenach

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Reader Comments (2)

fantastic tutorial! thank you for sharing :)

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherry

Excellent advice. I have been playing around with food photography for about a year and cannot wait to try these tips out! THANK YOU!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolina Charm

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