Focus is Everything

Lindsay Hunt's Food Photography Tips: Tip #2: Focus is Everything

You've just made spaghetti and meatballs.  The sauce is vibrant, you've perfectly browned the meatballs and that homemade pasta, it's magnificent.  You might have to rename yourself Giulietta because Julia is just not Italian enough for your pasta prowess.

So when you take out the camera to document your masterpiece, make sure the camera is in focus.  The auto-focus feature just doesn't cut it.  Take a moment to figure out where exactly the focus should be.  Of course the meatballs should be in focus.  Perhaps you use a microplane grater to shave curls of Parmeggiano-Reggiano on top of the meatballs, then this would be the most important element to have in focus.

It may seem like a small point, but focus is the most important element of taking a great food photograph.  Don't focus on the rim of the plate and not the food, don't focus on the olive oil and bread behind the plate, focus on what you want to dig into first.  It shouldn't be blurry, or confusing to figure out what exactly the food is.