Sudhanshu khanna

Food Photography Tips and tricks

As a food photographer based in Delhi, I have dedicated the past three years to perfecting my craft. Initially, I faced numerous challenges, from finding the right props and backdrops to improving the overall quality of my photos. Over time, through persistent effort and learning, I have developed a deep understanding of what makes food photography captivating and visually appealing. Given my experiences, I am passionate about helping other aspiring food photographers navigate their journeys. In this guide, I will share some essential tips and tricks that have significantly improved my photography skills and can help you enhance yours. Whether you’re just starting or looking to refine your techniques, these insights will provide a solid foundation for creating stunning food photographs.

  1. Single Light Setup

  • Start Simple: Begin with a single light setup. Using multiple lights can be confusing if you’re not yet comfortable with lighting techniques. Master the basics with one light before experimenting with more complex setups. I personally use 2 light set up but it took time, once you get to know the behavior of the light and how it decides the mood of the picture, you can experiment with multiple light setups or if you want to go with harsh lighting, soft or even both. 

  1. Food Photography Backdrops

– Variety of Backdrops: Invest in 4-5 types of backdrops. They set the mood for your pictures. Canvas backdrops are cost-effective and versatile since you can paint them as needed. Wooden planks and MDF backdrops are also excellent choices that can significantly enhance the quality of your photos.

– Experiment with Colors and Textures: Different textures and colors can dramatically change the feel of your images. Try different combinations to find what works best for each dish.

  1. Props and Crockery

– Start Simple: Begin with white ceramic crockery. It’s elegant and helps you focus on the basics of food photography.

– Expand Your Collection: As you advance, add ceramic, brass, and copper crockery to your collection. Different materials can give a unique feel to your images. For instance, butter chicken often looks more appealing in copper utensils.

– Source Creatively: Buy props like wooden trays, chopping boards, and chopsticks. Collect interesting items while traveling to diversify your prop collection.

  1. Understand the Basics

– Take Your Time: Learn the basics of food photography and styling before trying to emulate established photographers. Use them for inspiration but develop your own style. Start with simple props and single light setup to understand the food photography better

– Keep It Simple: Avoid cluttering your frame with unnecessary props when you’re starting out.

  1. Plan the Shoot

– Pre-Shoot Planning: Always plan your shoots in advance. Discuss the dishes with your client and decide on the props, crockery, and lighting setups you’ll need. A well-planned shoot saves time and yields better results. If you are planning to go to a shoot unplanned then you will probably spend your entire day figuring out what to do , so , it is always better to have an idea and how you are going to execute. 

– Take Your Time: Don’t rush. Allocate enough time for each shoot to ensure quality results.

Food photography is an art that requires patience, dedication, and continuous learning. Focus on mastering the basics of lighting and composition. Regularly buy props and crockery to expand your creative options, and always plan your shoots meticulously. By following these tips, you’ll improve your skills and develop your unique style in food photography.