29 Quick Tips to Improve Your Food Photography


Want to improve your food photography? Read quick. 29 tips to improve your food photography.

29 Quick Tips to Improve Your Food Photography

  1. Read Your Camera Manual.
  2. Understand Your Camera.
  3. Understand Your Subject too.
  4. Answer this “What do I want to show in the picture?
  5. Use White Plates.
  6. Use White Background.
  7. Remove Distraction from Background.
  8. Move closer to the food.
  9. Adjust White Balance before you shoot.
  10. Use White card to set your white balance.
  11. Or try a gray card.
  12. Learn about Composition.
  13. Ingrain the rules of thirds.
  14. Plan for no shadows on the food you shoot.
  15. Use props in the background.
  16. Assemble yourself, before assembling the food.
  17. Use natural light as much as you can.
  18. No direct flash.
  19. And no direct sunlight.
  20. Focus properly. Focus manipulation in post processing is next to impossible.
  21. Move around or move the food. Take multiple shots.
  22. Try vertical frame.
  23. Use tripod.
  24. Use reflectors.
  25. Or use a small mirror.
  26. Take your next photograph as top view.
  27. Also, try at 45 degree angle.
  28. Inspire yourself.
  29. Learn food styling.


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  • Is using a white card as simple as pointing the camera at a very white surface, like my homemade, taped together, white cardboard panels that I use to reflect light back on my subject, or do I need to buy something special for this?

    • Generally that is what it is. Some people use a fancy card that is made in “white” color. There are some lens caps that can be directly used on the lens, but white balance can be adjusted simply by using a white surface as a reference or setting it in your camera.

    • Neel – These are great tips. I thought I was good at taking photos, but your 29 tips really are inspiring.
      I don’t know how you have the knowledge to come up with all those tips. If you asked me to come up with 29 the best I could have done was 7 LOL.

      Thanks again!

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  • Great tips, and well written. I need to work on white balance, on using the tripod {have to get one first}. Right about the vertical frame. I learnt that from Mowie. It’s very effective. Thanks for these 29 Neel!!

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  • Loved your tips! I’m visiting from The Daily Brainstorm and am a novice food photographer. I figured out many of your tips after lots of trial and error on my own and wish I read them a year ago ;o) I’ll keep your post as a reference and appreciate you sharing it!

  • pongky

    I’m looking forward to try this
    thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

  • Mort Fertel

    These are all great tips for shooting food but I’ll bet the most overlooked tip is #1;”Read Your Camera Manual”.

  • Michelle

    Good tips, and I think most of them apply to shooting any still life.

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