19 Food Photography Tips to Master Mouth-Watering Shots

Whether you’re looking for food photography tips to improve the look of your social feed, or you’re shooting professionally for a restaurant – there are some basics for taking the perfect shot. Food photography is more than snapping a quick photo of a plate and calling it a day. We’ve compiled 19 food photography tips you can use to capture a mouth-watering shot, every time.

What is the Best Camera for Food Photography?

Just like a chef uses a great set of knives, you’re going to need the right camera for capturing great food shots. Essentially, food photography is still photography, so it’s good to keep that in mind when selecting a camera. The most important camera specs when it comes to photographing food are resolution, depth of field and color. Great options range from DSLR to mirrorless.
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You’ll have no problem finding a camera that fits within your budget and meets your needs while giving you full control over your photos.

  • An entry level crop-sensor DSLR, like the Nikon D3300, is a good starter camera for food photography.
  • If budget is less of a concern, opt for a full frame DSLR like Canon’s feature-rich 5D Mark IV.
  • Mirrorless cameras, like the Sony a7 III, are pretty popular due to their combination of small size and big power.

As important as the camera is what lens you use. Ditch your camera’s kit zoom lens and opt for a prime lens instead. Prime lenses are those that have a fixed focal length. They are generally smaller, often less expensive (though not always), and have wider maximum apertures than zooms. Look for a prime lens that has a wide aperture – an f-stop of 2.8 or wider – and consider a macro lens if you plan to shoot close-ups. The Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro, Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro, and Sony 90mm f/2.8 G Macro lenses are all great options.

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