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What is food photography and how to start it as a beginner?

Jul-17,2021

From Rajouri garden’s lip-smacking Chole Bhature to Wasabi by Morimoto’s authentic Sushi, when there is delicious food on the table, no one can resist the temptation. Food photography aims to capture each texture, color, and grandeur of these cuisines.

Food Photography is one of the rapidly growing niches, but what is food photography? In simplest terms, it focuses on food as the main subject but is not limited to tabletop photos of food. From conceptual food photography, food blogging to magazines and fabric prints, the possibilities are endless. The focus of food photography is to make the food look appetizing and attention-grabbing.

If your world revolves around food and photography, here are some amazing food photography tips for you.

Less is more

While framing your subject, food, make sure you have less portion on your plate than you would actually eat. Use the white space of the plate or dish to frame your food and take care of the composition if you are shooting a tabletop view. A few minimal touches like mint leaves, scattered spices, spoons, etc. can elevate your final image.


Credits: Raviraj Kande


Photography Portfolio Website

Restaurants, Cafes, and even small food business pages on social media are always on the lookout for food photographers, who can show their food in the best light possible to grow their business. A photography portfolio website is the best way to attract these potential clients. One-click and all your work are on display for the client on your laptop, tablet or phone. Let the customers come to you. Make sure you have a form where the visitors can contact you and submit their details.

You can also utilize this website to offer classes to budding and enthusiastic photographers who want to learn photography online and make some extra bucks.


Credits: Chandra Sekhar Chakraborty


The Yum factor

Here is one of the very simple food photography tips for beginners. Whenever you want to click a dish, analyze it and figure out what that special element is that makes that dish stand out. For example, it could be chocolate shavings and whipped cream over coffee or hot chocolate, or the cherry and fruit pieces sprinkled over a cupcake. Once you lock in that specific angle or element of food, try to shoot your photo in a way that accentuates it and makes the one looking at the photo crave that dish.


Credits: Raviraj Kande


Lighting and Exposure

Lighting plays a major role in food photography. The best way to bring out the true colours of the food is to click in natural light. Artificial lighting or lamps can cast a yellow or orange hue over food which doesn’t look too appetizing. You can learn photography online and look for lighting lessons to get a better idea.

Similarly, with white dishes or plates, it can get tricky to adjust your exposure so that the plate and the clean white background don’t look flat in pictures. Once, you have set up the table and arranged all the elements to your liking, adjust the exposure just enough so that you can see the details in the brightest part of the composition.



Tools of the trade

You must be thinking that we would tell you to carry diffusers, filters, lenses, etc. No! When it comes to food photography, you need more than camera equipment to set the scene. Tweezers to distribute small elements like leaves, seeds, etc., Grater and peeler, water, oil, prep bowls, etc. It’s all about the details.

You can learn food photography online and find some easy yet intriguing DIYs on YouTube or read more Panasonic 4K Imaging Club blogs about photography that will help you elevate your photography game.


Credits: Vaishali Pahwa


Food Blogging and Vlogging is one of the most sought-after professions in photography. If you are also a food vlogger, Lumix G100 is the only camera you need to create authentic, mouth-watering content for your followers.

We know when your favourite dish is in front of you, it is hard to resist, but we hope these food photography tips will inspire you to take out your camera and capture some amazing food photographs before digging in.

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