Food Photography 101

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Food & Product Photography, Photography Tips

Food Photography on a 26" Seamless Paper Backdrop If you are interested in getting in to a niche photography market, you may consider entering the exciting world of food photography. As the name implies, food photographers capture enticing, rich images of food. This business is a commercial specialty. Food photographers strive to provide the appealing presentation of food products for use in marketing materials, packaging, and restaurant menus. In order to earn a reputation as an exceptional food photographer, you will need to work with a support team consisting of an art director, a food stylist, and several assistants. These creative artists will ease the process of breaking into food photography business. The main objective is to produce mouth-watering arrangements that capture the audience’s attention. Here are 8 tips to launch you into your niche career.

1. Establish a Mood

Establish a mood: exotic, luxurious, fun. Depending on the food or food group, you have many options.

2. Choose a Photo Backdrop

Choose a photography background that supports your mood. A neutral colored background allows the food to stand on its own. A rich brocade adds elegance. A white seamless paper backdrop works best for emphasizing the product.  
food photography on 26" seamless paper

Photo Credit: Nick Wheeler


3. Use Props

Use props that enhance the food’s ethnicity or regionalism. Chopsticks and flat serving containers for Japanese fare, seashells for lobster, etc.

4. Control Shadows

Use lighting and backgrounds that control shadows. Fewer shadows or no shadows produce better photos. food photography on white seamless paper backdrop

5. Shoot Angles

Be prepared to shoot angles quickly. Ice cream melts, melted cheese cools, and steam evaporates.

6. Follow the Rule of Thirds

Focus on the rule of thirds to draw your viewer to the food. Maintain a solid balance between the food and the props.

7. Highlight

Employ highlighting techniques. Use vegetable oil to add a light shine for contrast.

8. Appeal to the  Senses

Appeal to the audience’s senses. A steamy bowl of soup will conjure up flavors and smells in their minds, or using a crisp lemon can excite their taste buds.  

-Backdrop Express Photography Team

 Interested in learning more about food photography? Check out How to Take Great Food Pictures!

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