Monday, February 21, 2011

Working on my Food Pictures


I'm a pretty good cook, I'm a great eater, but I'm a terrible food photographer!  It drives me nuts!  I'm always trying to take pictures of my food and they just never turn out the way I want.  For one thing, I have terrible lighting in my kitchen. Oh Dear Husband, can you please, please, please install the pendant lights I want over my island?  It would make my life so much easier.  I'd happily take my food outside to photograph it but the West Texas wind isn't too nice to food.  If there is a food photography expert out there reading my blog, would you please give me some tips?  I would be forever grateful.

Technical Notes: Nikon D70, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G, ISO 400, Focal Length 80mm, f/5.6, 1/60, pop up flash used, White Balance set to Flash.


  1. I have recently gotten into food photography a little bit(not the cooking process, just the finished one)...I agree that good lighting is the big one. I'm no expert but I think getting really close/macro and a good angle. Grouping make things more interesting. Zoom in to get details and try to keep things simple (no distracting background).

    How about putting the food a few inches from a window with soft bright light to avoid flash use/low light and not going out in the wind.

    Wish I was there, I have put up many lighting fixtures. You could do it yourself, it's super easy.

  2. Amy,take a look at these cooking/photo blogs. They do a lovely job with the food photos, and yummy recipes to boot. What more could you want? =0)These links should be able to inspire you,as well as give you fresh ideas and a new approach to your food photography.

    Click the photos and you are taken to each individual site at Foodgawker.

  3. Are you trying to chop lettuce in a Quisenart?? or is it broccoli?

  4. No you crazy duck! It's cilantro, shallots and garlic for my chicken I was cooking.