Most food photography today is captured on a smartphone.
Modern phones have great cameras but it’s not so much about the quality of gear but what you do with it.
Here are some smartphone food photography tips and techniques to take your images to the pro level.
10. Use Natural Light to Make Your Photos Look Fresh
When you shoot with your smartphone ensure that you are using natural light.
Most food pictures regular people take in restaurants look because of artificial lighting. and other types of artificial lights create unwanted color casts. As a result they cause your pictures to look hard and flat.
9. Get the Perfect Exposure with Bounce Cards
It can take correctly exposed pictures in ideal conditions. But you don’t always get the best lighting when it comes to food photography.
Smartphone food photography requires constant problem-solving. But a bit of creativity combined with what’s already around you can go a long way!
You can increase the brightness of your scene by using a piece of white foam core as a bounce card.
As the name suggests a bounce card reflects some of the light from the main light source onto the set.
8. Make the Most of Your Phone’s Wide-Angle Lens
So how do you capture food photography accurately with your smartphone.
One of the biggest people make when shooting food with a smartphone is choosing the wrong angle.
Smartphone cameras have a very wide-angle lens. This means that certain angles will cause your images to look.
7. Use Neutral Backgrounds to Highlight the Food
In food photography you want the backdrop to be neutral. The food is the star and anything else in the image needs to support it. A background that is too colorful or textured draws the eye away from the main dish.
With smartphone food photography, it’s hard to get bokeh. So keep your background simple.
A bit of creativity will serve you well. You don’t always have to shoot food on the table. I sometimes put the dish on a concrete floor or neutral-colored tile with an interesting pattern.
6. Compose Your Smart phone Food Shots Using a Grid
Composition is a skill you need to learn when it comes to taking pictures. I think of composition rules as guidelines because they don’t always work for every image. However you should still keep them in mind to get the most out of your pictures.
All you have to do is place your focal point where the lines. Your main point of interest could be anything from garnish to a piece of meat you want to showcase.
5. Use a Colour Wheel to Create Visual Harmony
Food photography is unlike other kinds of photography in that it’s best not to use filters when editing. The colors need to be natural and work together for your images to look their best.
The color wheel shows you what colors easily complement each other. It is your guide to harmonious compositions.
I refer to mine all the time when I’m planning my shoots. You can move the arrows and triangles around to see which tones work best together.
Combinations that work very well are blue and orange purple and yellow or red and green. These colors are opposite each other on the colour wheel.