How to Take Pictures of Your Food

Ice cream coneThis is a different blog post.

It links to a How To post,

Food Photography 101: How to Take Perfect Pictures of Your Food,

on Shopify that will help you take better pictures of food.

Apparently this is a thing. Zantac even made a commercial around this food picture mania. 

I take pictures of my food but only to tease my sister.

Maybe you’re taking shots for a print publication, your shop or maybe you just want to tease your family and friends with your riparian repast (assuming you sup by a river). The article does not, however, reveal all the secrets of food photography.

In food photography, time is not your friend. For example, a steaming hot plate of (insert desired food here) is, well, desired, whereas a lukewarm 20 minute old plate that is patiently waiting ("All right Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up,") while you adjust your lighting/camera angle might as well be a family sized carton of poutine, which is very desirable but not as photogenic as say, Chateaubriand steak served with béarnaise sauce. Poutine is just as tasty ‘tho and only a few Canadian bucks from a food truck in Quebec.

Stew is hard. So is soup. Accent these with an artistic arrangement of crackers, maybe some steam rising from the surface of the bowl. A carefully laid green leaf or a sprinkle of herbs. 

And Ice cream. You’d think you could scoop some of this warm weather treat, snap a quick pic and Bob’s your uncle. He may well be but heat and gravity conspire to turn that magnificent frozen stalagmite or dome shaped temptation into a molten rivulet of the liquid it once was. Hence, the use of lard as an ice cream substitute. Doesn't melt at room temperature. No one will try to eat it during the shoot (or after). Add a spray of oil to simulate a shimmering icy surface that is sure to make your mouth water for a DQ or Baskin Robbins or at least the scrapings from the left-over carton in your freezer.

So without further adieu …