Work on keeping your ingredients as fresh as possible.
Food photography is all about presentation. If you would like to be able to showcase your food in the best way possible, then you need to make sure that the camera sees nothing but the freshest of ingredients at the end of the day. This can be a bit tricky if you are not the one doing the cooking or the one who is doing the plating and all that but if you are just merely photographing the food, then all it takes is for you to just make sure that you get to show the side of the plate that showcases the freshest of all of the ingredients.
If you are trying to photograph fruits and vegetables, one trick would be a few quick swipes of olive oil to make the skin glisten or shine a little bit to make it more “photo friendly”. Try to go for the plate angle that offers the crispest and the freshest greens. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple turn of the plate to a different side and that’s it.
Make use of strategically positioned backlight to make your food pop out.
When professional photographers say that lighting is everything, they are no just joining the bandwagon. There is a reason behind it. When it all comes down to it, lighting really can make or break a photo and that is something that you should keep in mind all of the time. The best and the tested and proven kind of lighting that really does work for photography is the back light effect. In a sense, all that it takes would be to make sure that you are able to position the lighting right at the back of the plate. This simple way of placing the order of things will really get to help you out in making the food look like it is about to pop out of the pictures. If you take a look at the professional cookbooks and all of the other professional food catalogs out there, back light is the overly use strategy that works every single time and that is something that you should be smart enough to adhere to as well.
Make use of white plates for food photography.
One of the best ways of presenting food in food photography is by using white plates. If you are keen enough to notice this, a lot of hotels, restaurants, and caterers actually serve their food on white plates. A white is a fairly blank and neutral canvass and it is quite perfect in making sure that the focal point of the pictures being taken is mainly just the food and nothing else. Anything more interesting or more colorful than a white plate and it will already take the attention away from the food.
Clean the sides of the plates when you are getting them ready for food photography.
Nobody likes a messy plate. As a food photographer, keep a clean napkin in handy so that you can give your plates a nice swipe to get rid of any food stains or spillage before you move on to getting the photos taken. Food photography is a precision trade, after all.