Professional (or aspiring) food blogger or not, if you happen to be a foodie, there’s a good chance you’ve pulled out your phone (or full on DSLR) to capture your latest kitchen creation, or foodie destination. But, the reality is, capturing “the perfect shot” when it comes to food ain’t as easy as it may look. There’s a lot that goes into it, and one attempt at balancing on a chair over a plate of food “for the ‘gram” may have you wondering how the pros make it look so easy. Since her Instagram feed is filled with drool-worthy food photos that are bright, beautiful, eye-catching and popular (she’s go over 67,400 followers and counting), we asked the talented Ilene Godofsky Moreno of The Colorful Kitchen to share her top food styling tips with all of us:
Keep reading for Ilene’s top tips for how to take your food styling (and photos) to the next level!
1. Natural Light Is Your Best Friend
When you’re snapping photos of your food, always take advantage of natural lighting. Flash tends to do funky things to your photo and overhead lights can add weird colours and shadows. A spot near a window that gets indirect sunlight is ideal for making your photos pop.
2. Background Counts
Think about the surface your dish is on and what’s in the background. Using textured linens (placemats, tablecloths, etc.) can be a great way to add a little excitement to your photos- but careful not to go over board! White plates and linens are fantastic for making the colours in food really pop. Coloured plates can definitely work, but make sure they don’t compete with the food- the food is always the star!
3. Clear The Clutter
Is the spoon alongside your smoothie bowl adding to the vibe of the photo or taking attention away from the food?
4. Work Your Angles
When I photograph a dish, I usually start by taking three different angles. Straight on, overheard and from a 45° angle. Then I look through the photos, decided what my best angle is and continue playing around from there. It’s all about trial and error, but with practice, you’ll know your best angle when you see it.
5. When In Doubt, Take An Overheard Shot
There’s something magical about a bird’s eye view shot- you can’t go wrong with it! This is my go-to angle when I want to get a quick shot in and get on with the meal.
6. Everyone Loves An Action Shot
Action shots can help bump up the drama in a photo and make the viewer feel like dish is really right in front of them. Who doesn’t love the sight of muffins coming out of the oven with steam rising, or syrup being drizzled over a stack of pancakes? Even something as simple as adding a grabbing hand to a plate of cookies can make the shot much so more dynamic.
7. Drizzle, Sprinkle and Splatter
Garnishes are a small detail that can make a huge difference in your photographs. An easy way to incorporate more colour and texture is to add small elements like chopped herbs, lemon slices, or a spoonful of sauce. I always try to find something to drizzle, sprinkle or splatter over each dish.
(Story by Editor-In-Chief, Gracie Carroll)