How to Take Good Food Photograph
In Indonesia, recently new trend where there is a term “ take the food picture, upload then eat” become a photography trend that popular in photographer, culinary epicure, or just young people who want to look cool with their social media post. How to have good food photography? There are several technic and tips food photography method that will discuss in here. You can create good food photo even for amateur class.
5 Steps to Take Food Photograph
Base technic for food photography
There is several basic elements that become keys for food photography that should be understand well. Here are things to handle in food photograph.
Find the Lighting Balance in Photograph
Generally, taking food photograph take with indoor technique as it require great technique lighting from flash and light. Give lighting direction from side or from back to give deep impression to picture. With this technique can give your audience eye your photo perspective focus. This food photography will be easier to do if you use white background because the light can be neutralized. If you want to be better, use natural light from sunlight as light source and flash diffuser technique. This flash diffuser technique give lighting result in smooth and spread evenly into object of photography.
Food Composition Setting
Well, this aspect related to art from chef and accuracy from photographer to reveal the art of food serving start from contrast, food item replacement and many more. If you want to take detail from object, then use macro lens. If you want to take whole food picture then use fix lens.
Camera Setting Preparation for Food Photography
There are 5 important things to remember when setting food photography
- Set your ISO with background light condition. Sharpen detail you want, the lessen the ISO
- Use open aperture technique with selection focus to concentrate in certain part from the object.
- Next is use shutter speed control. In still life photography such as food photography it takes minimal 1/60 shutter speed to result photo with minimum blur even without using tripod. The key is, higher ISO use, then customization requires in shutter speed in constant aperture.
- Next is white balance. White balance is important to avoid the food color change when it takes the picture. You can use camera feature with auto white balance (AWB) and correct the white balance in editing process. For cold and blue image nuance, increase the temperature into 5.5000 kelvin and if want to get warm nuance or orange can lower into 3.2000 kelvin temperature.
Mixing the photo composition with editing process
Not equal a photograph without editing touch. This editing function to prevent the result still good when out photos technique is swerve. For example for balancing direct lighting, less the object that annoy the main object such as food crumbs and many more. In this food editing, there are several photography editing option such as adobe photoshop and others software for finishing food photography method.