I’m so happy to introduce you to one of my blogging BFF’s today! You may have noticed a big improvement in my food photography over the past few months. It’s something I’ve been working on a lot, and Madison has taught me so much. When she asked to share a post with some of her tips, I immediately said yes! I hope you enjoy learning from Madison as much as I do.
Hello, friends! I’m so excited to be here sharing with you today! My name is Madison and my blog is The Wetherills Say I Do, a faith based lifestyle blog where I talk about everything from food to faith to marriage!
Today I want to talk to you about one of my favorite things: food photography!
I never thought I would call myself a food blogger or food photographer. While I don’t post 100% about food, I definitely think having solid food photography skills has helped me with other blog topics as well. Food is visual, there’s no other way to put it.
There’s a reason why your plates at a restaurant always look perfect and are garnished with a swirl or sauce or a sprig of rosemary! It’s all about making your eyes believe the food will taste good, before you even taste it!
This is why in the blogging world where visual images drive traffic, quality food photography is essential to make people want to read and save your recipe posts. I have a few quick tips that can make all the difference in your photos!
Style Your Photos
When I first started posting recipes, I didn’t think much about the “extras” in the photos. This is still probably my biggest area of improvement, but I’ve found that adding little touches into the photos makes them much more visually appealing to your readers. I’ve started small, by adding a fun set of a plate, bowl and a few random types of dishes that I can use for my photos. You can also buy a napkin or other linen to add some texture into your photos!
Another trick I love is stacking plates to add some depth to the photos!
USE NATURAL LIGHT
This one deserves all caps, y’all. It will amaze you the difference natural light will make in your photos. When you take photos at night or with overhead lighting, no amount of editing will take away that ugly yellow hue. That yellow look will have your readers wondering what strange thing you put in your food to make it so yellow. Trust me, I know it’s so hard right now with day light’s savings, but it’s worth it to block out time and do your posts during the day, even if it’s on the weekend. Plus, it’ll be lighter later in the day soon enough!
A great food blog post has somewhere between 3-5 photos. You don’t want these to all look the exact same, so it’s important to vary your angles. This means moving your feet and trying different things with your camera. I personally don’t shoot with a tripod often because I like to move around a lot and get all kinds of angles of my recipes. This goes hand in hand with staging photos as it allows a lot more options for shots when you have other elements in the photo as well.
These are easy, easy fixes for your photos but they will make a huge difference in the quality of them!
What are your favorite ways to improve your food photography?