An Introduction to Restaurant Food Photography

Restaurants have a remarkable challenge – the challenge of how to present meals in the best way possible to people who are possibly too far away to see or taste what’s in the plate. The only way to bring some semblance of respite is to use great food photography to capture the essence of the dishes on offer. And this is where professional food photography comes in – as a foremost necessity for restaurants to solve an important need. If you’re an aspiring food photographer, you’ve chosen an exciting field of endeavor, one with lots of promises. Let’s see a few tips that should prove useful for you in your food photography sojourn:

  • Maximize the magic of proper lighting – This is a skill that you’ll need to learn if you’re going to be a successful food photographer. And I’m not talking about the hurried use of a camera flash. The instinctive movement to a window side to get natural lighting or the use of proper artificial lighting tools is one that’s indispensable to a food photographer. Get this right, and half your problems are over.
  • Make it neat and organized – Every item your camera captures should have a purpose. Make sure that you’re always accentuating key aspects of the meal in subtle ways. Keeping the arrangement of the meal set up neat, thoughtful and organized takes a bit of practice. But the end results are always worth the extra effort.
  • Remove all unnecessary clutter – this point is related to the previous one. Make sure redundant materials like salt shakers are removed from the frame. The point is that these materials don’t generally add any value to the picture. They could ruin the picture at worst and distract from the meal at best. It’s in your own interest to get rid of these items before your shoot.
  • Prioritize using neutral backgrounds – I acknowledge that it might not always be feasible to change the backgrounds, but where possible, stick to neutral backgrounds. This ensures that the focus remains on the sumptuous meals on display, rather than a possibly catchy background.
  • Feel free to zoom on specific aspects of the meal – sometimes, less is more and you only need to show a specific part of the meal to tell a story that can potentially draw the viewer in. Never be afraid to use your zoom to accentuate some part of the meal.

If you are looking for professional restaurant & food photography or commercial photographer in Orlando, Arrow Studio is just around the corner!