Food Photog 101

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by Shirley Lai

Or, Ways photographers make food look so delicious you’re disappointed when you eat the actual thing.

1) Lighting
Artificial light is a huge, no-no. The food world is a more beautiful place with natural, diffused light. NO FLASH NO FLASH NO FLASH. In case you didn’t catch that, NO FLASH.

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2) Gear is Not Fairy Dust
Can anyone really tell which photograph came from the iPhone 5, and which is from the Olympus OMD EM-5, with a $400 prime lens? No? Great gear doesn’t magically make every photograph brilliant, so that extra ka-ching can be directed to learn about…

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3) The Eye
There are approximately 3 different angles one can use on a food photograph: The Overhead;

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the 45º;

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the Horizon line.

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The last thing you want is an instagram that looks like this, right?

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