Food photography is more than taking a photo of your delicious meal at the café around the corner – there are many factors at play. Experimenting with lighting, angles and how you style the food will elevate your snapshot to a shareable post.
Learning to utilise and manipulate light is extremely important, whether you’re using ambient or artificial light. Natural sunlight tends to create a soft, warm effect. If it’s too bright you can soften it by using a professional diffuser or simply use a piece of sheer white fabric. And if you need more light you can bounce light into a picture by using a piece of white paper and explore with angles until you create the light you want. The downside to natural lighting is that it moves, so you’ll have to shoot while the light is good. Keep in mind that external lights in a room can affect the final image.
Alternatively, you can use flash or constant lighting, this allows for more control. Making use of a large softbox ensures that the light is even with no hotspots or unwanted shadows.
The great thing about using studio lighting is that you’re in control and can tweak where needed until the light is just perfect.
There are three popular angles; shoot from the top, from the side or at a 45° angle. Each one gives a different look and feel, which means you can play until you’ve found the look that best suits the dish.