I’ve taken some food pictures for this blog but I never put much thought in to applying the best techniques for food photography. That is, until yesterday.
I am trying to put together a list of recipes that I use often and one of the stipulations I have for myself is that I need to include a picture that I’ve taken of the food to include next to the recipe.
Yesterday I made a breakfast sandwich and I could not get a picture I was happy with. I used my 18-55mm lens and it was just not working out.
I got frustrated with the 18-55mm lens because it would not focus if I got too close. But if I got further away from the food, the picture lost some of the detail that I wanted to capture. I thought maybe I can spruce up the picture in Photoshop. Nope.
So I read a few posts about food photography and two of the recommendations that stood out to me were 1.) use a macro lens and 2.) use natural light if possible.
So, that’s what I did this morning.
Huge difference! Before I took the picture, I wasn’t sure if it would work because there was barely any light coming in through the kitchen window. But my lens knew how to make it work. I like this picture because it shows the detail of the food and the lighting indicates that I was about to enjoy the sandwich in the morning – which I did.
Don’t get me wrong – I have taken decent pictures of food with my 18-55mm lens, like the one shown below but I think I’ll stick with the 60mm macro for a while.
What tricks or tips do you have when taking pictures of food?