You’ve whipped up tasty desserts that receive star billing among your friends. You’re famous for your creative dishes in your community. You have a passion for creating food your family loves. “Hey,” you think, “I could become a food blogger!” After all, your great at cooking so how hard could it be? It could be harder than you might think. What captures your eye when you first visit a food blog? Usually it’s the amazing pictures of food. Here are four tips to help you develop the skills needed to capture the perfect shot.
1. Pay attention to the backgrounds.
This is especially important with time sensitive food shots because if you mess up and discover the shots are wrong after you serve the food you’ll have to make a new batch. I speak from experience on this one! Most of us tend to concentrate on the subject at hand and ignore what’s going on behind. I’ve had perfect shots ruined when I discover an item in the photo that does not belong, like a cat’s tail.
2. Take photos of the food from many different angles.
When I began taking food photos I just snapped one shot, hoped for the best, and stuck it on my site. Now, I snap pictures from several different angles, overhead, eye level, from the sides, because each view changes the perspective of the photo. It also gives me room for error if the first five or ten don’t turn out well.
3. Enhance, don’t engulf the food.
Use props and garnishes wisely. The main focus of the picture should be the dish you have created. The garnishes and props can add a finished look to a photo, but you don’t want them to become the main focus.
4. Find a good editing software.
As much as we try to make the best shot possible, sometimes the photo may need a little help with composition, cropping, or color adjustment. That’s where the magic of editing software comes into play. If you are like me and want to save on costs, a good free editing software is pixlr.com. It has many of the same features of paid software and is relatively easy to use. Edit: I now use the paid version of pic.monkey. ($33 a year.) However, a free version is available.
Inspired? Intrigued? That’s where the new Food Blogging for Dummies by Kelley Senyei comes into play. Kelly, the creator of the popular food blog Just a Taste, offers detailed suggestions on how to choose and create a blog, design tips, how to find a niche, how to make recipes searchable and how to enhance your blog with superb design and photography.
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I received the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.