Ever tried to take a neat Instagram picture of your food, thinking that it must be pretty simple and then finding yourself making several not-so-good shots in a row? Food photography is not as easy as one thinks, so we’ve gathered several tips that will help you improve your shots. Dive-in!

1. Mind the Composition

There shouldn’t be just one plate on a plain one-coloured background. Food photography is an art. So think beforehand about what you will need to create a great setting. Maybe it will be an old kitchen towel for a rustic look, or a bouquet, a placemat or something else. Make a list of what you will need for each scene and don’t forget that all the things in one setting should complement each other.

2. Main Subject

You can pick the main subject in your picture. It can either be a dish or a drink, or even an ingredient of a dish. Once you’ve picked it, tell a story about it – select related items and put them into the scene. This way your picture will have the whole story in it.

3. Match the Colours

Learn everything about the colour wheel and the ways colours match. One of the rules is to separate warm and cool tones. The other is to match complementary colors – they could be found on the opposite sides of the wheel, for example, purple and yellow. And keep in mind the brightness and hue – if they are the same, then the colours will look good together. 

4. Try Heights and Positions

Don’t take just one or two shots. Try various angles and distances. Make close-up shots and also zoom all the way out, to make some space in the picture. Experiment with different levels. Use a board or a stool to lift up your scene. Make shots from all the angels that you can – above, straight, or even from below. 

5. Think of Lighting Conditions

Light is very important in photography. If the lighting is poor you will not get a great shot, no matter the scene and angle. And the best lighting is natural. So when planning your shooting, plan it for the brightest time of the day, and also find the right spot which gets as much natural light as possible. If the conditions are poor, think about trying reflectors or even soft boxes which will bring more light to your pictures. 

6. Buy a Tripod

If you don’t have a tripod – buy one, if you already have one – be sure to use it. And it’s not only about making your photos perfectly sharp. It’s also about freeing your hands. Once you’ve set your camera and made the first shot, you can look at it and fix the scene to get a better picture.

7. Search for Inspiration

Subscribe to food photography websites, and follow photographers whose pictures appeal to you on social media. Look at the photos, and learn them – the setup, the angle, the lighting, etc. See what you can copy and apply in your own photoshoots. Or even try to reconstruct the pictures that you liked best. This way you will soak in the experience and also, we all well know that practice makes perfect.

8. Get Creative

Sometimes you just need to forget everything that you knew and go against all the rules. If you are feeling creative and bursting with ideas – let them be. Try new angles, lighting conditions, new setups – everything that comes to your mind. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

These tips are all not that hard to grasp and follow, but sometimes it takes time and practice to take perfect food photos. And while you are practicing we suggest bringing your pictures to perfection with post-production editing. Many photo-editors will cope with that task, but take notice of PhotoWorks. This software will be great for newbies and experienced photographers as well. It has all the essential tools alongside powerful AI. You’ll be able to crop your images and correct distortion, enhance colors automatically or manually using sliders and curves, sharpen or blur a part of your picture using different filters, and apply 3D LUT color correction or photo effects from the software collection. So don’t get more time wasted afraid to make mistakes, grab your camera, start shooting and fix your mistakes in post-processing!