Lindsay Hunt: Food Photography

Advice Number 1: Shoot In Natural Light

For any food-lover, a plate of food can be as inspiring as the newest BMW is to a car-lover.  The impulse strikes to take a picture, so a quick shot is taken with your blackberry or point-and-shoot camera.  Instead of doing injustice to the food's original glory, impress your friends with a gorgeous image of the homemade pulled pork you worked for hours to prepare.

Learning a little bit about food photography and food styling can take your dimly lit, out of focus photos from unappetizing to mouthwatering.  I will be sharing a weekly lesson about making that beautiful plate of spaghetti and meatballs look on camera as delectable as it tasted in reality.

You may have seen my photographs of food in my weekly columns on MarcusSamuelsson.com.  I have been cooking through Marcus' cookbooks, and sharing a weekly baking recipe from around the globe.  Each recipe is a joy to make, and I have the singular pleasure of eating the end result.  It's the photograph that draws readers into the content, the article and recipe are only a block of text.

My first tip is to shoot in natural light. Natural light is always preferable to that which comes from lightbulbs, or other sources.  I have no natural light in my apartment, which means that each and every photograph I take is outside, and usually in the morning, before work.  Often all it takes is placing the food next to a window to get a fantastic glow.

Good luck, and check back weekly for a new tip to improve your food photography.