Oh Snap, Food!

Oh Snap, Food!

Story by: Michelle Yong
Photos by: Nicolette Lim

In today’s digital world, everyone is a wannabe photographer. And food seems to be a top subject. It’s almost customary for one to take a photo of your food before digging in. No matter what kind of photographer you claim to be, it’s always good to have some photography tips and tricks under your belt. Follow these four simple steps to master the art of food photography!

Step one: Lighting

 

When it comes to lighting, natural sunlight will always be your best source, hands-down. However, you can still make the photo work if you are faced with cloudy, sunny and even gloomy days ahead!

Cloudy days: Overcast days are perfect for food photography. The clouds act as a giant diffuser, creating a soft light with more subtle shadows.

Sunny days: If you are indoors, try finding a spot with indirect light. Direct sunlight creates shadows and harsh light on your subject.

TIP: Hang a white sheet over your window for a soft lighting effect.

Gloomy & Dark days: Use white light instead of a warm light setting. Warm lights in the night will give the photo a yellow undertone.

TIP: To enhance the photo, pair it with a reflector. You can make your own reflector out of aluminum foil.

Step two: Angles

It’s all about getting the right angle. There are 3 easy ways that you can take the perfect Instagram shot – Straight up, Top Down and Three-Quarter angle.

Step three: Styling

It’s all about layering. Adding little elements and details in the foreground adds depth and completes the picture.

Step four: Editing

Unedited version

Unedited version

Edited version

Edited version

Sometimes it doesn’t hurt if you have made a few edits to enhance a picture. Remember that the key to editing is less is more. Focus on these five aspects: Brightness, Highlights, Saturation, Vibrance and Sharpen.

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