Change Your Angle to Improve your Food Photography

Food Photography Tips: By Lindsay Hunt

If you're dismayed with your pictures of food, you might rush out to the camera store for a better lens, or splurge on some props. But, there's no need to break the piggy bank for a beauty shot of bacon and eggs.

Many tips and tricks for better food photography are simple and don't require any money to achieve better results.  So far all the food photography tips I've shared you can use at not cost: focus, shoot in natural light, and the importance of balancing the artistic and informational elements of your photograph.

This week's tip will improve your burgeoning food photograph portfolio without dipping into your wallet.  It's all about changing up your angle.

Many food photos are taken from what is called the "diner's perspective," as though you were looking directly down at your plate of food.  Change it up, think about different angles at which to capture the food.

One of my favorite angles to approach a dish is from "fork-level."  Squat down or lower your tripod to capture the food from much lower than you would naturally.  This forces you to confront the food on eye-level, and can show the striations of color in a turkey sandwich, the texture and layers of lasagna, or the swirl in a fresh loaf of cinnamon bread.

Try taking a shot from above, or as if from a bird's eye  Place the food on the ground, or stand on a chair or step-stool to get an aerial view.  This is great for shots of mise en place, or preparation for cooking.

Try snapping the photo from below.  When photographing two glasses of champagne for New Year's I shot from below, as if you were watching a toast between two people.

Lastly, one suggestion.  Please do not take the photograph by tilting the camera at an angle.  People do not want to tilt their heads to understand a photograph.

Check back next week for a new tip to improve your food photography.