Improve your Food Photography: Look at and imitate the work of other photographers

By Lindsay Hunt

Although food and photography have always been my two loves, I didn't combine the two until relatively recently.  Once I decided to start capturing my food on camera, I was unsure about how to start making food that tasted delicious not only look delicious, but translate well to a two-dimensional image.

We love food with all of our senses: taste, smell, sound, touch, and sight.  Food photography are eliminates the first four senses, leaving only sight.  This means that it better look mouthwateringly good, because people looking at the photograph don't have the benefit of digging into a slice of chocolate cake or popping a polkagriskola into their mouths.

So how do you make your photos show the food for what it is?

*      First, find out what kind of food photography speaks to you.  What do you find inspirational?

*      Try mimicking the set up of the photo in a cookbook you like.  When learning to draw and paint, one often copies the masters, and I think it definitely applies with food styling and photography.

*      Learn from other food photographers whose work you admire.  From looking at the work of photographers who inspire me, I've learned what works for me when taking photographs of food.

For me, I've decided that if I shoot in natural light, change up my angle, and find the balance between art and photography, I can make a decent photograph.  Of course I have more to learn, and I'm always discovering new influences.

Here are some of my favorite food photographers:

—‹      Tartelette - more on the art side of food photography —‹      Smitten Kitchen - aesthetically pleasing informational pictures —‹      Sara Remington - professional photographer, usually works with a stylist —‹      Orangette - simple, unfussy, but in focus and uses natural light

What food photographers or websites inspire you?  Comment below or on our Facebook page.