4 Food Photography Tips Every Baker Needs
So you just made this awesome cake and you want to share it with the world but you need a photo of it. As much as I would love for you to call in a professional food photographer (me to be exact), that is not always possible. So here are some food photography tips to get you started.
To me, it’s all about the light, and natural light is the best way to go. We are going to give you some tips to take a nice picture of your beautiful home-baked item.
And let me say that photographing cakes is not easy to do. It depends on the color and texture of the frosting against the color of the cake and the amount of detail you want to get. An all white cake can be difficult as well as a dark cake with white frosting can be a crazy challenge. It’s all about the light…SO…let’s get started.
Food Photography Tips
Grab your camera, cell phone, whatever you want to use.
1. Turn off the Flash (we are going for natural light here). Set your camera on auto exposure.
2. Take your plated cake and put it in front of a window…no windows in the kitchen…go to the laundry room or den or whatever. Ideally, the window light is coming from behind and/or from the side…this gives you nice directional but soft light, which gives you contrast and makes the food look pretty. Pick a window with soft light coming in not harsh sunlight streaming in. Maybe you have glass doors with light coming thru, you may have to get on the floor.
If it’s a dark day or you don’t have many lights try using a portable shooting tent. This is an easy and inexpensive way to control the light and help you take better photos.
3. Now, get as close as you can. If you have a close-up or macro setting on your camera, use it. (That is what I used). We don’t want to see any pets, shoes, newspapers, etc. Use a plain background: a placemat or a kitchen towel. I used my black kitchen table.
4. Use your elbows to brace yourself if you can. …if you own a tripod…you may want to use it. Available daylight is not as bright as it looks. You may have to adjust the exposure if your camera has that feature.
OK, take a picture!
How does it look ….Have the window directly from behind or to the side.. You will have to experiment and see what you get. Walk around your subject. Look at it from all different angles. Shoot from directly overhead. Then crouch down and shoot from a low angle and then also shoot from a three quarter angle.
Just keep experimenting and you will develop a system. Happy Shooting. Please share your photos with me … I’d love to see them.
For more tips and techniques visit our baking basics section.