Food photography is the art of capturing the beauty and deliciousness of food.

It’s a great way to showcase your culinary skills, or just make your Instagram followers drool!

If you’re interested in getting started with food photography, this guide will teach you everything from choosing the right camera equipment to setting up shots that will make your mouth water.


Lighting is an important part of food photography.

It can make or break your shot, so it’s best to know what kind of lighting you have and how to work with it.

Natural Lighting:

This is the most common type of lighting used in food photography because it’s free and readily available everywhere.

Natural light comes from the sun or moon, which means that it can be very bright during the day and dim at night depending on where you’re shooting your photos (and what time).

If you want more consistent results when using natural light, try shooting outside during mid-day hours when there are no clouds blocking out the sun’s rays (or at least try not taking pictures too close to sunset).

Artificial Lighting:

This type includes any kind of artificial light source such as lamps, bulbs etc.

which may require some setup time before they’re ready for use but generally provide better control over how much brightness/intensity your photos receive than natural sources do since they don’t change depending on weather conditions like clouds passing overhead or seasons changing from summer into fall etc..


Composition is the art of arranging your food in a way that makes it aesthetically pleasing.

There are several ways to do this, but let’s start with the basics:

The Rule of Thirds – A basic rule that says you should place your subject at one of four intersections created by dividing an image into thirds vertically and horizontally.

This creates a grid on which you can place objects so they are visually interesting and balanced.

Lines – Straight lines can create tension or add balance to an image;

curved lines create flow and curvature within an image; diagonal lines add movement as well as interest.

Shapes – Rectangles, circles, triangles…these are all shapes!

And they’re useful for creating balance within your frame (think about how many times you’ve seen photos where everything has been centered).

They also give us something interesting to look at when there isn’t much detail happening in our scene–like if we were photographing a bowl full of plain rice (which would be boring).

Textures & Colors – These two go hand-in-hand because different textures create different moods depending on how rough or smooth they are;

likewise with colors: warm tones tend toward happy while cool ones evoke calmness or sadness depending on which ones we pick out from our surroundings


High Angle:

This angle is used to make the subject appear more powerful or imposing.

It gives a sense of dominance, and it’s often used in fashion photography.

Low Angle:

This angle makes the subject look smaller than they actually are, which can be useful when you want to show off the size of something else (like an animal).

It also creates a sense of intimacy between viewer and photographer, since it makes us feel like we’re looking up at them from below.

Side Angle:

A side angle can make your subject look slimmer by creating shadows on one side of their body while exposing more light on another side–

for example, if someone has round hips but thin legs this would expose more light on their leg area so that it appears thinner than usual!

Straight On:

This is probably what most people think when they hear “food photography”–and for good reason!

It’s great for showing off details about food items like texture or coloration without having too much distraction from other elements around them


If you’re new to photography, these terms may be unfamiliar. But don’t worry!

We’ll explain them here.


The aperture is the opening in your lens that allows light through to hit the sensor or film.

It can be adjusted by moving a lever on your camera body (or via an app).

The lower the number, the larger this opening will be and vice versa; therefore, more light will pass through it when set to a low number while less light passes through when set at a high number.

Aperture affects how much blurriness there is in your image (more blur = better bokeh), so if you want smooth backgrounds with lots of detail then use an aperture between f/1-2 or so! Shutter Speed:

This refers to how long each picture takes from start until finish – think about taking pictures with friends where everyone gets their own shot but one person takes longer than others because they have trouble focusing on getting just one good shot before moving onto another pose!

This also affects how much blurriness there is in your image (more blur = better bokeh). ISO:


This stands for International Organization for Standardization and refers specifically


Now that you’ve got your camera and lighting set up, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of food photography.

The first thing to consider is how you want your dish to look on camera.

Do you want it plated?

How do you want the plate itself styled?

Are there any props or backgrounds that would make sense in this context?

Let’s take a look at some examples:


Editing is the process of making your food look as good as possible.

There are many different ways to edit, but here are some basic steps that you can follow:


This is when you cut out parts of the image that aren’t necessary or important and focus on what matters most.

For example, if there’s a bowl in front of your dish but it doesn’t add anything to the photo, then crop it out and focus on just showing off your food!

Color Adjustments:

You can adjust colors by using filters like Vibrant or Dramatic (which makes colors more vibrant) or Cooler (which makes them cooler).

These filters will change how bright certain hues look within an image;

for example if we used Vibrant on our image above with red tomatoes and green basil leaves – they would become even brighter than before!


This tool helps make things look sharper by increasing contrast between light areas & dark areas while blurring out noise in low-contrast areas (such as shadows).

It works well when trying to emphasize texture like crumbs stuck onto a plate or drips falling off bread slices into hot soup below them.”

Common Mistakes

Common Mistakes

When it comes to food photography, there are a few common mistakes that can ruin your shot.

Here are some of the most common:

Unflattering Angles – If you’re taking a picture from above or below your subject, it will look unappetizing and unflattering.

Try to keep things at eye level if possible!

Poor Composition – A good rule of thumb is that if something doesn’t look right in real life, then it probably won’t look right through the lens either!

Make sure all elements are balanced out and placed where they belong on your plate before snapping away!

Poor Lighting – You might think this one goes without saying but trust me–poor lighting can really ruin an otherwise great photo opportunity!

Make sure there aren’t any harsh shadows or glare coming off any shiny surfaces (like glassware).

Food Photography – Wrapping Up

If you’re a food photographer, or even if you just love to take pictures of your meals, this guide will help you take better photos.

It covers everything from lighting and composition to editing and post-processing.

If you’re new to photography, our comprehensive guide is the perfect place for getting started!

You’ll learn about all the different types of cameras available today, as well as how they work together with lenses and filters (and why those things matter)

If you’re already familiar with these concepts but want to improve your skills even further–or if maybe some of them were news to you–

we’ve got some great tips on how best practices can help lead toward better results every time out in nature or at home in front of an empty plate (or both).