Captivate with these mouth-watering tips for food photography

With a smartphone, you can also capture the essence of the food and make everyone stare with envy

Staring at Instagram accounts filled with tantalising food photos is sheer torture. Especially when you’re nearing the lunch hour.

But once the plate is placed before you, chances are your smartphone is aimed at that mouth-watering breakfast or glistening medium rare steak. After all, the thought of making everyone envious of the feast you’re enjoying is almost equal to the moment you taste it.

With the help of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, we went on a food hunt to show you how it’s done.

Photography Tip #1

How do you get everything into a shot? Don’t be afraid to stand up and take a top-down shot. Heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, step onto a chair to get a better vantage point. That is, if you’re used to getting weird stares from folks who’ll stop chewing and throw you an amused look while you’re at it.

Photography Tip #2

Do not underestimate the background, it makes a whole lot of difference. Take note of your surroundings, sometimes a little snippet could add more meaning to the image. For example, taking a shot of this pot of tea could be quite mundane. Throw in a subtle background reference about enjoying some cake with your cuppa, like the sign does? Now that’s adding more value to the shot.

Photography Tip #3

Get up close and personal. Because your smartphone can do amazing macro shots. With it, you can capture the juices glistening on this freshly cooked plate of meat. Think about it - how could you resist tucking in after getting such a close-up view?

Photography Tip #4

Get creative, think of a story that you can tell with the photos. On its own, a picture of this yummy chocolate and banana crepe would have gotten your attention. But a static image isn’t as powerful as this dynamic shot which shows the creative process behind your delicious dessert. After all, offering up a different angle is a great way to get you more likes on Instagram.

Photography Tip #5

Colours create life in your photos. It’s not just the food colours that make the difference. Be aware of the colours surrounding you. Breakfast food tend towards the warmer hue, sometimes a tad too bright, perhaps. Dial it down with duller colours to create that contrasting effect in the final shot. That, and the soft focus of the background, will bring more attention to your food 

Photography Tip #6

As much as possible, take your shots under natural light. By that, we mean daylight if you’re sipping a cup of tea, al fresco style. The warm hue from sunlight matches well with most food, thus shots won’t look overexposed. Also, instead of a soft background focus, switch it up a bit. Sometimes, aiming your focus at the background creates a much more dramatic effect in your photos that you expect. Especially so if you’re looking at the condensation on the cool drink on a hot afternoon.

Makes you wish you can just take that cup right out of the photo, doesn’t it?

Photography Tip #7

Arrangement matters. And we’re not talking about the food. While you can’t change the background, you can change where the food will appear. Also, feel free to move anything within your reach to match the setting. Cups, candles, lights. You’ll be surprised at how a slight change in the arrangement of a cup can create larger-than-life effect on your food.