7 Food Styling Tips from the Pros
As a self-taught photographer, I have found it really hard to take the pictures I want. I’m getting there, but I still feel like I have a very hard long way to go! When I saw Jersey Bites post about an upcoming photography workshop she was hosting with Fish Eye Design in Red Bank, NJ, I knew I had to jump on it. The class was everything I had been looking for. I finally learned the ins and outs of my camera, got some hands on application of the things we learned the day and saw real time benefits.
Here are just a few quick food styling tips I have been applying to my food photography since.
- Keep simple syrup in a squirt bottle to spray on fresh fruit to give them that dewy, just washed look.
- Angle your utensils to point to the food you are focusing on to train the eye to look there.
- Use items like funtac and incense to create steam coming off of a hot food item.
- Add a human element to your photographs. AKA: Play with your food! Cut it, take bites, use a fork or spoon on the plate.
- Make sure the food is not in the dead center. Use 75% of the frame.
- Use colorful props and linens to add texture and color. Keep things small and get creative!
- Always keep extras of ingredients and pull out some of your favorite colorful ingredients to add to the photo.