Recently we held a competition that showcased some spectacular recipes and unique creations from our wonderful readers (and home chefs), as we encouraged them to post a selfie showing how they use our Sunpork products to cook at home.
This week, we thought it would be great to share some of our fantastic entries and also inspire other foodies and food bloggers with three quick tips on how to take great food photos for social media.
Keep it natural
Natural light that is. Don’t use overhead lighting as it casts a yellow greasy-spoon look to a plated dish, and definitely don’t use a camera flash. When you take a photo using flash, you overexpose the front of your plate and underexpose the rest of the photo. Set your dish near plenty of natural light and turn off any artificial lights nearby.
The indirect light from say a window, can illuminate your food just right, or perhaps take your photo outside, like the winner of our competition @c_plus_three did. Try to take a photo with the light at your back or to the side of a dish, so that the shadow are to the side or behind it.
Take a pic of your prepared meal without garnish, then add some garnish, for example green herbs, or an edible flower and take a second pic. You’ll see a major difference when you add a bit of contrast, plus you’ll show off a bit more of your creative flair! Using garnishes is particularly helpful when the dish you are featuring is monochromatic such as hummus or broth.
Garnishes don’t have to be limited to herbs and flowers, a slice of fresh bread on the side next to a bowl of soup, or perhaps a salad next to a main dish. Something that adds colour, texture and interest to your dish makes all the difference. For example, take a look at @mrschunk entry, and how she features some home-made flat bread & potato wedges with raw zucchini salad on the side.
A popular strategy in food photography is to selectively focus on one particularly appetizing part of the dish and let the rest blur a bit in the background. By using selective focus, you can bring the viewer's eye right to a certain part of the photo. The viewer can feel like they're right there in front of the food and could reach right out to taste it.
Not only does selective focus draw your viewer in, but it also makes the dish look less busy and complicated. Just like @redgumboots - their pic tells a bit of a story - going on a romantic picnic perhaps?