Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to improve your food photography

Taking pictures of your food is fun.

Taking really good pictures of your food is awesome.

So what's the secret?
How do you get from the top cookie picture to the bottom cookie picture?

Well, I'll be the first to say I don't really know what I'm doing, but I have been learning some, and I am getting better. And I'm having a lot of fun in the process. :) The pictures above were taken with the same camera, but here's what the differences are:

1. different lighting
2. different background

That's it!

The top picture was taken at night, in my kitchen with a flash with a the cookies on a plate.

The bottom picture was taken in the day, by a window, without a flash, with a white board under and behind the cookies.

That's it!

Remember these yummy cheesecake pictures?

Some of the best food pictures I've ever taken. And the secret is the same--gentle natural light with the white boards.

Here's my set up:

Seriously, I was taking pictures of the cheesecake and just stepped back a few feet and took a picture of the set up. You can see that there's nothing fancy going on--my preschooler is hanging out with me, the table is getting ready for my husband's Superman birthday party, etc. But, you can see how I have the white foam boards below and beind the cheesecake and you can see a bit of the window off to the left there. I used the same thing for the cookies.

So if you are ready to improve your food photography, the simplest thing I think you could do is to get a hold of some white boards and work on improving your lighting.

Good luck!

Linking up here.


  1. Thanks for sharing your tips! I am always taking pics of my recipes for my blog at night bc that's when I have the most time to do it. But you make the day pictures look so worth it!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this!! I love the white background idea!

  3. thanks for the simple tips. I love it!

  4. Simple hints like this helped me improve my photgrpahy heaps. It's AWESOME you showed the before and after pictures
    Thanks so much for sharing!


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