It’s no secret I love to eat. The only thing I like better than eating is taking pictures of my food. I’m not sure if it’s a passion or an obsession, but I have amassed quite a catalog of food photos taken with my smartphones over the years.Special thanks to Verizon for providing me with a phone to take such cherished photos.
Here are a 5 smartphone food photography tips to get your creative juices flowing!
1) I wasn’t kidding when I said be passionate. If you love what you are doing and see it through that lens, it will transcend into your pictures. I love everything about food, the ingredients, the presentation, the layers of flavor, the colors. When I see a beautiful meal, I see an opportunity to take a great picture.
2) Lighting is key. You can have the most amazing meal, but if the lighting is all wrong it won’t photograph well. You can always ask a table mate to us the flashlight on their smartphone to illuminate the table. This can be a tad tricky and you’ll have to play around with positions to avoid shadows. Daylight and natural light are always best.
3) Angles. Shoot from a variety of angles. Get close up. Try an overhead shot. Change up the backgrounds. Get creative. The great thing is with a smartphone you can take as many photos as you want and delete the bad ones.
4) Filters. I’m not a fan of using filters with my food photos. It alters them to the point they look unappetizing. If I have a good shot that is lacking in depth I may use the Snapseed app to enhance and tweak.
5) Stay charged. Make sure your battery is fully charged. I find when my battery is worn down my photos don’t come out nearly as well. For that reason, I usually carry a Mophie.
What are some of your food photography tips?