Daylight Is Your Best Friend
If possible, abstain from using flash. Instead, get close to a natural light source – e.g. a window, when snapping away.
Don't Waste Time
The best time to take a picture is within 10 minutes of the dish being served. If you miss this golden time frame, the appearance of the dish will definitely drop in quality.
Snap From Above For Wider Exposure
Capturing images from above means you take in more stuff as well – including the restaurant décor, the tableware etc. This works particularly well for Japanese set meals and all-you-can-eat hotpots.
Explore Lower Angles
Don’t always stay on eye-level when taking your shots; snapping from low angles can create a more 3-dimensional image. Especially suitable for bringing out the textured layers of hamburgers, sandwiches and cakes.
Make Use Of A Short Depth of Field
Have you noticed that using a short depth of field creates more tantalizing food pictures? That’s because when the focus is fully concentrated, it blurs everything in the background. As a result, the central object stands out wonderfully.
Want to capture every vein and muscle on that Wagyu beef slice? Hoping to emphasize every fluffy layer of a croissant? Try edging your lenses closer to your object when snapping. (But too much is overkill – beware that the image doesn’t become out of focus!)
Simplicity Is Beautiful
Clear your composition of all superfluous objects when taking pictures of food. The one rule to abide by is to keep things simple and uncluttered. Less is truly more!
The Goldern Ratio
Envision the scene as a 3 -by- 3 grid, and register the four intersecting points. Place the food right at the centre of any one point to create a visually pleasant effect. The remaining space in the composition, meanwhile, will heighten the picture’s ambience. Especially suitable for photographing drinks, such as coffee.