Quick Tip: Find The Best Light For Food Photography

Flatter your food with the right light and angles

Quick Tip for Better Food Photography
Quick Tip for Better Food Photography

Diffuse natural light brings out the best in food. If you’re picnicking on a cloudy day, you’ve got it made in the shade―literally. If you’re indoors, set up near a window or switch on some lights. Use sidelighting when you want to shoot from above and emphasize texture. If you want to make the overall effect more even, try using a reflector on the opposite side to fill in some of the shadows. And when you’re aiming for all-out foodie drama, go for backlighting.

One method for ensuring an attractive plate portrait is to light it the way you would a face. Whether you’re using sunlight, accessory flash, or strobe, your primary goal is to illuminate your subject without creating glare. To scatter sunlight, put diffusion paper over a window or just use a sheer curtain. If you’re going with artificial light, accessories such as umbrellas, softboxes, or beauty dishes will help soften the effect.