Schwartz September 2019

Get Photo Smart

A dish is now no longer something that is enjoyed by the customer alone. Thanks to social media, many more pairs of eyes can feast on the visual delights of a dish.

So it’s becoming crucial that your dishes look as  appealing in pics as they do in real life.

Take a look at the lovely photos our Twitter followers send in of their dishes for our Feed Your Eyes section and you’ll get the picture.

So to help you we asked our fabulous food photographer, Kat Weatherill, to give us a snapshot of tips so you can take better Smart-phone food photographs.

Top Tips

  • Shoot in natural light

A table near a window is a great spot. The food will look its best with the light coming on to the dish from the side, not from behind.
This helps to create natural shadows and give depth to the dish. Artificial light, camera flash and spot lights can be too harsh and wash the colour out of the ingredients, creating glare or reflections on the plate.

  • Angle the shot

Take the pics at eye level or slightly above the plate. A birds-eye view of a dish taken directly from above can look flat and you’ll lose the height and structure of the dish.

  • Shots to avoid

Good props make a shot, but bad props can kill it. Don’t be too wacky and make sure there are no unwanted extra features, such as people or rusty radiators!

  • Props and styling

You usually serve food to a customer on a table that is dressed well. Presenting your food in a pics needs the same amount of attention. The right prop, such as a glass of  wine, cutlery or a nice roaring fire can add ambience and creativity to the shot.

  • Get prepared

Food looks at its best immediately after it’s cooked so make sure you’ve prepped your location and have props in place prior to cooking. Be a pro and take a test shot minus the food.

  • Picture perfect 

If you want to edit, crop or improve your image, consider using a picture editing app.

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