How to Make Your Food Photos Foodgasmic!

Article Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Crecynthia R.

Founder & Owner of: Falvor Me This

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Food Writer


Where are my food bloggers at? Ok, how many of you don’t have a professional camera to capture your foodtastic moments? Yeah me neither. We don’t have time to talk about broke college student life. The struggle.. but I digress. Let’s say that you’re patrolling the blogging world or Instagram  and you come across some serious #foodporn. Now you might think,  they HAVE to be using a Canon or something right? Not necessarily!

Here is a photo that I took with my Galaxy S5: (If possible I have a watermarked photo to insert here).

Although a professional camera might seem like a must have for all food bloggers, maybe you’re just starting out and you’re not quite ready to make such an investment. But does that mean that you can’t have drool-worthy photos?

Absolutely not! Here are some tips for my fellow smartphone wielders who want to crank out some foodgasmic photos! (These tips can be used for any blogger that utilizes photos!)

1. Lighting is everything. You’ll come to see that lighting can make or break your photos. I’ve had several instances when the food itself looked beautiful but the picture failed to capture the beauty because the lighting was poor.

So do your best to utilize good lighting! If you are outside or are in a very well lit location then this should be easier. But try to…

2. Play with angles. Angles can make a big difference. Think about top views, table views, etc. If you have multiple pieces of food, do you want to show us the whole plate or is there a food star that should be the focal point?

Spin that plate around and give it that Top Model treatment. Lighting and angles go hand in hand. Sometimes one angle has better lighting than another.

3. Get in there! Some of the best photos have the “eater” in them. I’m not saying you have to show your face or anything, that’s up to you! What I mean is, let us see you holding your ice cream cone.

If some ice cream drips on your hand, perfect! Ask your friend to take a picture of your hands holding that juicy burger. Not only does it make your photo more fun and personal, we might be able to get a more “actual size” view.

If you have some ooey gooey cheese action going with your pasta, grab your fork and stretch out that cheese!

4. Consider using filters. Some filters really don’t do anything for food photos. But there are some that can really brighten up an otherwise dull looking photo. Try to go for the more natural looking ones so that the beauty of your photo isn’t lost.

BUT…

5. Filters aren’t ALWAYS necessary! I think that sometimes we can get a bit filter happy. Yes, sometimes filters can do wonders for your food photos. But try not to rely on them.

Remember, you want your pictures to look as detailed and realistic as possible. We want to be able to see the grease shimmying off that slice of bacon. We can’t see that when you’re using that Sepia filter now can we?

If your original picture doesn’t have the best lighting, try playing with the brightness, highlighting, sharpness, and shadows. Besides, we all know the pride that comes from #nofilter!

6. Stand out. Let’s say you have multiple dishes on the table but you want to highlight one particular dish. Focus in on that dish so that the foreground or background is just a little bit blurred. Not only is it artistic, it serves a purpose. This technique makes your star dish stand out!

From time to time we get lucky and we take a great photo without even trying. But don’t be lazy! We have to work at consistently taking foodgasmic photos. This doesn’t just happen magically! Sometimes it takes a couple of shots to get it just right. Don’t worry about being THAT person in the restaurant that won’t eat until they get that perfect picture. I’ve stopped a table full of friends from eating more than a few times. Yes they’ve teased me but they’re used to it by now! Besides, they can starve for a few more minutes right? For the blog!

I hope that these tips can help you take your photos from ho-hum to yum!


Article Credits: Crecynthia R.

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Food, Cooking, Photography Bloggers & More)
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88 Comments
  1. basilco 4 years ago

    Thank you for that. I take photos with my iPhone 6 and follow all these tips. I also use photo editing apps like Aviary, which really helps. Tbh I think creativity is the key and that means lots of playing around with backgrounds, composition, angles, focus etc. My house is quite dark as well, so I plan my photo sessions during the day or early evening, when I can take a picture outside. Makes a huge difference!

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      Crecynthia 4 years ago

      Thanks for reading! I haven’t heard of Aviary but I’ll definitely have to download that and try it out! I completely agree with you on all counts. It’s all about creativity!

    • Chris 4 years ago

      Great choice of time. Most of the food I share I make in the evenings so the lighting is really an issue. Wish I had time to make dinner during the day, because using natural light makes a huge difference to the final photo, even if one uses a photo editing app, starting a photo with natural light just makes it a lot better

      • basilco 4 years ago

        Yes I totally agree. I have to plan around my photo taking which is a mission and makes my weekends very busy.

  2. Smiling Notes 4 years ago

    This post is spot on!! I too don’t own any expensive camera as of now and all my pics are taken from my phone. I’m still learning but like you said, angles, lighting etc are so important. Though Sometimes it is hard for me in restaurants that are dimly lit ?

  3. Author
    Crecynthia 4 years ago

    Thank you for the kind words! I feel your pain on the dimly lit restaurants! The atmosphere is great but it’s definitely not picture friendly! Thanks for reading!

    • The Millionaire's Digest 4 years ago

      Hey Crecynthia! I’m glad to see your post getting comments from our Millionaire Digest readers! I’m so happy for you!

      • Author
        Crecynthia 4 years ago

        Thank you! I’m so thrilled that I was able to contribute and be a part of your team! 🙂

  4. Daniel Quintanilla 4 years ago

    I never realized how much really goes into taking a picture. This is really interesting and I’ll be sure to test it out next time I eat amazing food. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more from you!

    • Author
      Crecynthia 4 years ago

      Thanks! Glad that I could offer some helpful tips! And I know what you mean; before I started blogging, I never realized how much work goes into taking great pictures. I think you get used to it over time and find out what works and what doesn’t but it definitely takes some practice! Thanks for reading!

  5. culinarytreatsbyaarti 4 years ago

    Thanks for this post!! I take pics with my iPhone 6 + . I’m working on taking pics as I’m new to blogging and food photography. I’ll keep these pointers in mind ??

  6. joyandtea 4 years ago

    Great tips! I love taking photos with my Samsung Galaxy S3!

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    Crecynthia 4 years ago

    Thank you! Yaaay team Samsung lol 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  8. liswynfarm 4 years ago

    Great, practical tips! I’m working on taking better photos of my food but it is much harder than it looks! Sometimes, it really is just easier with my phone instead of my camera.

    • Author
      Crecynthia 4 years ago

      Thanks! I agree, it’s much harder than it looks! But you seem to have mastered the art of food photography; your blog is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for reading 🙂

  9. thesmilingpilgrim 4 years ago

    This spread looks so absolutely delicious it’s not even funny lol!

  10. Tabassum 4 years ago

    Lovely photographs
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  11. Iriz Chan 4 years ago

    Great luscious tips! 🙂

  12. Maya Oryan 4 years ago

    Great tips!

  13. glutenfree vegetarian meal ideas 4 years ago

    Beautiful

  14. michaelkubly 4 years ago

    Definitely going to share this with my girlfriend. She loves cooking.

  15. sophisticatedhomes 4 years ago

    Great post. I’ll be trying these tips on my new posts.

  16. The Culinary Jumble 4 years ago

    Great advice! I agree, you don’t have to have an expensive camera! I would also add – take LOTS of photos! I take hundreds for one recipe and narrow them down! And you are right, try every angle possible because the light can play havoc (or be your best friend!).

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      Crecynthia 4 years ago

      I agree! I take tons of pictures as well! When I go out to eat with my friends they’re used to not being able to eat until I’m done rearranging the table and taking pictures haha. They get me! Thanks for reading 🙂

  17. mukul chand 4 years ago

    pic sure looks wow

  18. The Smiling Pilgrim 4 years ago

    This made me super hungry lol

  19. thank you. nice tips ! nice to have come across 🙂

  20. lazymomcooking 4 years ago

    aahhh.. Thank you for the tips!!! I need this!

    For some other recipe ideas, please visit my blog at http://www.lazymomcooking.com or http://www.lazymomcooking.wordpress.com

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  23. officiallykim 4 years ago

    Beautiful shots!!! Looks delish ?

  24. ggstratton 4 years ago

    Great tips.? I still have an IPhone 4S but I love my phone. Not ready to let it go yet. ?

  25. The Smiling Pilgrim 4 years ago

    It always amazes me how good some people can make the food look on their blog! Lol maybe I should just turn my theology/volunteer blog into a food recipe archive ;)!

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  27. Great article. I always struggle to take pictures. I don’t have a professional camera. I use iPhone only.

  28. Grace 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s always so hard for me to take photos especially with minimal lighting!

  29. The Tale Light Trekkers 3 years ago

    Good tips, good food! ????

  30. starchild2016 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tips, I will practice! And eat!

  31. livinthelifeinla 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, I am working to improve my photos on a low budget and appreciate the suggestions!

  32. foodandolives 3 years ago

    Great Tips. I started my food blog 10 days back. Hope to play with all your tips.
    https://foodandolives.com/

  33. rinaldigotama 3 years ago

    Reblogged this on collegeguycooks.

  34. rinaldigotama 3 years ago

    Hey thanks for the tips! Check out my food photography skills and let me know what you think! http://www.collegeguycooks.wordpress.com/

  35. thehungryfatty 3 years ago

    These tips will surely be helpful for my next food blog. Thanks so much!
    If you have time please let me know what you think of my shots https://thehungryfatty.wordpress.com/

  36. Eri Hunt 3 years ago

    Great tips that food looks great!

  37. Snorlax 3 years ago

    Got it

  38. frankiecookes 3 years ago

    This is seriously helpful! Great to know you don’t need an expensive camera to take decent pics.

  39. MyMarketingFile 3 years ago

    Reblogged this on Grocery LTD.

  40. leadership2mommyship 3 years ago

    I don’t blog on food, but who doesn’t love a nice dishy shot. A great read for simply taking pictures of my own food…thank you!

  41. eatinglongisland 3 years ago

    I can definetley agree with all of these tips!

  42. nicolemichellehill 3 years ago

    Thank you for the tips! I have been doing more with food blogging lately and have definitly been working on taking better pictures!! Getting better each day 🙂

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  44. summergocruz 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! Will definitely remember them! 🙂

  45. The Smiling Pilgrim 3 years ago

    Wow is that ever fancy lol!

    And everyone shamelessly getting attention for their blogs hah,

    let me in!!!!!

    😉 😉 😉

  46. The Smiling Pilgrim 3 years ago

    I need to eat all of this right this second Lol!

  47. The Smiling Pilgrim 3 years ago

    I love how fancy food is always stacked 😉

  48. Prasenjeet Gautam 3 years ago

    Photo is gud .. But Professional camera gives that detail generally people do not expect.happy photography

  49. Megha 3 years ago

    Thank you for the tips. I am a new blogger. Will keep these tips in my mind..

  50. cookandenjoyrecipes 3 years ago

    Thank you for these useful tips. It’s always a struggle to get it just right.

  51. callmetrav 3 years ago

    These are great suggestions.

  52. mylifeasishan 3 years ago

    great post

  53. eatandroll 3 years ago

    Good tips !! 🙂

  54. eatandroll 3 years ago

    Reblogged this on Eat&Roll and commented:
    Tips for food photography!!

  55. dreamcraftssite 3 years ago

    well nice post?

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  59. jenskitchenideas 3 years ago

    loved this! Will be using this for my food blog. Than you so much!

  60. snapsandcapers 3 years ago

    Really good tips, thanks!!

  61. Dians Cooks 3 years ago

    great tips. thank you

  62. Elephanatics 3 years ago

    Interesting topic chosen! 🙂

  63. Lisa's Everyday Life 3 years ago

    i needed those tips -thanks

  64. Thoughts and Views 3 years ago

    Great post. I’m going to give this a try.

  65. thegirlnextdoor 3 years ago

    Yummy post!

  66. williwash 3 years ago

    Reblogged this on WilliWash.

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