Today, I have a quick starting point for food photography for you.
- Lighting: small speedlights are good.
- Use one umbrella on top, and one gridded light from behind to add accent (and to light the steam. If there is steam, try to use a dark background)
- You may want to shoot from a low angle.
- Blur out backgrounds.
- These backgrounds can contain a cup or glass, cutlery, etc.
- Prepare the food: If you have no food stylist, you are it. Every detail counts. Make it look great. Add some “green stuff”. Use a brush with oil to make surfaces shiny and yummy.
And do not forget to eat the food, afterward.
(Although you would be surprised how many food shoots use fake food. Ouch!)
One more, for good measure (I shot these for West of the City magazine early this year).