Photography is important when building a food blog, here are some helpful tips using your phone and everyday props.
First tip, take the photo from different angles, don’t just take one image, keep moving. These were taken with natural light in front of a window. Also take your photos vertical and horizontal, a lot of people only hold the phone vertical, break out of that habit.
Buy some bendy, plastic cutting boards for backgrounds. Or use anything you have plates, wooden cutting boards, table tops or pieces of marble or wood.
Be creative, it can be clean or messy. Try close up and center of the photo.
Keep utensils in, spoons, knives or forks.
Pick the best ones to take photos really look at the subject and cherry pick the best one.
Sometimes, common things look really cool in their wrappers. Notice the broken cracker in the pack, I should have removed it.
All these images are no extra light only light coming in from a window in the middle of the day. Make sure you move around and don’t get harsh shadows from the product or from your phone. Try to get around taking photos in the dark, food images are best in natural light.
When taking photos of vegetables, make sure you hide ugly spots and imperfections, sometimes it looks really cool, it just depends on what look you want, look at the grape tomatoes, they are fine with the stem spots showing but I turned them away, in a prepared dish such as pasta, you would want to make sure the spots were hidden.
When writing recipes, it looks really cool to write text on a photo, there are plenty of places to do this, Microsoft Word, PicMonkey, there are many apps that allow you to write text on your images. Best, easiest tips, plenty of blank space, take the image on the left or right and leave 50% space for writing.
When taking photos of your food, buy a Selfie Phone Light on Amazon, it is the secret weapon for all food bloggers taking photos in dark restaurants. This is when you need to aware of shadows and not seeing your phone shadow in the image, just keep moving around, if there is overhead light, move the dish to another table. You can clip the light to your phone or even hold it in your hand and move it up and down or closer to the food.
Another tip is tap your phone to focus it on the food before snapping the picture.