Keep the ingredients looking fresh
One of the most challenging aspects of food photography would have to be the part wherein you need to make sure that all of your ingredients are always looking fresh and crisp. More often than not, this particular trick works well with plant based ingredients such as fruits and vegetables. Any wrinkled skin or charred parts will not photograph as well as you would like them to be. Get this well and out of the way ahead of time by focusing more on the parts that look “fresh”. Sometimes, the trick can be as easy as turning the plate at a certain angle that will help conceal any unsightly looking parts. What a lot of experts in food photography tend to do would be to give fruit and vegetable skins a quick brush of a little olive oil. This will make them glossy and pretty enough for food photography without making them ultimately inedible at some point.This is something that you can even take a step further if you are the one cooking the food but until such a time comes and for as long as you are cornered to the food photography side alone, these techniques should serve you just fine.
Make use of the backlight trick
The best lighting trick ever for food photography would be to arrange the lighting in a certain order. The most ideal way of positioning your lighting options would have to be at the back of the plate. This will provide you with just the right amount of illumination without making the whole thing look like it is being washed over at some point. The backlight trick is the main secret of food magazines as well as cookbook pictures everywhere and should be part of your list of techniques as well if you plan on really improving your food photography skills one way or the other.
Keep the plate clean
This comes as no particular surprise. The point of the matter is that for as long as food photography is concerned, you should seriously keep the plate clean at all times. White plate is usually the most ideal color to showcase the food in because of the fact that the white plate serves as some sort of canvass that you can more or less arrange your art in. White plates are also very neutral so that means that your food will surely come out as the star of the photo shoot because they do not bring in so much by way of competition. There is a reason why food stylists out there even go to the extremes of using tweezers when it comes to arranging food and that reason happens to be the fact that messy plates, smudges and all that, do not photograph well.
Use raw ingredients as props
Raw ingredients are practically for free. They can also make really great looking props for your food photography projects. This holds true for ingredients such as beans, leafy greens, spices, and so on and so forth. If you are the one cooking, save a little on the side for your food photography session.