Damn, this has been a long time coming.
Before I go further, I’d like to stress that I’m not a professional photographer, nor have I had any formal training in photography (I did go on a lovely day-long workshop two weeks ago) but the fact of the matter is, I’ve still got a lot to learn. But what I do have is a huge passion for great-looking, great-tasting food. Most people with similar experiences and passion to myself started out (like me) with an ambition to make humble homecooked dishes look delicious enough to convince their readers, friends and family to have a go at cooking them aswell. Sound familiar? I know that’s exactly what most of my blogger friends and blog readers try to achieve – and they do a bloody great job of it.
The main body of the article is on the Food Network UK website and as ever, I’d be incomplete if I didn’t share the food love with my wonderful K.O Rasoi buddies. I want it to be a resource for food photography beginners, bloggers and anyone who just so happens to enjoy taking a snap of their dinner before they dig in. I wanted to write something I’d have wanted to have read when I first started photographing and blogging about food. All in all, I hope it’s a simple, jargon-less read with achievable results every time.
If you do have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer as fully as possible.
Here are my 7 steps to the sexiest food photography – every time:
1. Make sure the food looks gorgeous
Ever felt the desperate urge to quickly snap an image at the moment a dish appears in front of you; perky frosting atop a cupcake, trickling sauce almost kissing a plate? Me, too.
Sometimes it’s completely natural – either you’re in a restaurant where the food looks impeccable, or your hearty home-cooked stew just happens to look irresistible.
Other times, you might have to fake it – I’m not referring to myths about cotton wool ice cream and acrylic ice cubes. Keep it as natural as possible and let the beautifully-plated dish be the star.
However, if it just so happens to be the case that a pair of tweezers or a paintbrush is just the thing you need, I won’t tell anyone. After all, a little meticulousness never hurt anyone.
Here are a few basic food styling tips to bear in mind: