How to get food snapping like an expert

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Whether you’re an aspiring chef, a budding baker or simply enjoy shopping for ingredients and eating out, the chances are you’ve been inspired to take a photo of food at some point. Judging by the fact that there are more than 147 million posts on Instagram using #food, it’s fair to say that we all love to capture images of the things we eat.

But how can you be sure to get a good photo?

As headline sponsor of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year we’re always looking for ways to promote great food photography. The awards are now open for entries and we’ve teamed up with the specialists at Aspire Photography Training to compile a series of hints and tips to help you excel when it comes to food photography. 

Whether you’re using a top of the range camera or simply snapping on a smart phone, make use of these simple photography hacks to take your photography to the next level.

“Great food photography is all about making the most of the available light and choosing a good location.” says Aspire’s Jenny Heyworth. “I’d recommend always using the available natural light in order to achieve great results. Soft natural daylight is guaranteed to make food look its best. The better your culinary skills, the better the dish will look – practice makes perfect when it comes to both cooking and photography. If your knife skills and plate dressing aren’t perfect then simply focus on capturing images of beautiful ingredients – you can’t go far wrong with something as pretty and natural as a Pink Lady® apple.”

Here’s Jenny’s list of top tips for creating and Instagram feed that you’ll want to share:

• Adjust the brightness and saturation before you apply filters. This is like putting a base on your image before the filters are added and will result in a better quality image.  

• Be consistent when applying filters. This will ensure your images harmonise with each other and become recognisable for your followers, not to mention creating a pleasing grid you can scroll through to remind you of delicious things!

• Avoid using the zoom tool, move yourself closer to the subject instead, it results in better quality images as your phone does not have a zoom lens

• Turn off flash before taking photos of food for natural colours

• Tap the screen in the camera viewer for an accurate focus 

• Use the grid feature to compose your shots and straighten lines

• Keep your lens clean 

• Keep your images varied. Variety is the spice of life. Vary the content and composition to keep your feed interesting.  

If you’re inspired to enter the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year competition you can find out more here There are categories to suit photographers of all abilities including some for children.


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