Turn Off The Flash For Better Food Photos

Surprisingly, our love of photography and food here at Lifehacker does not equal expert food photography. Photographer Andrew Scrivani has some tips unique to taking photos of food, most notably that natural light is not just a plus mdash; it's a necessity.

Photo by consumedithis.

The flash on your camera can be a useful tool, but Scrivani notes that while flash food photography is possible, it takes some major skill to pull off — camera flashes tend to make food look extremely dull or flat. Instead, use natural light whenever you can, either from the back or from the side. He also shares some tips on softening the brightness that natural light can cause, such as bouncing the light off white paper or by wearing neutral colours. If you're stuck with low light, you just need to turn up all the light around you that you can and hope for the best (and be sure to use a tripod if you are in this situation). Be sure to check out all of Scrivani's tips on how to make food look pretty, as well as his full Q&A with the New York Times. Got any other tips for taking delicious-looking food photos? Share them in the comments!

How to Take Photos of Food [The New York Times]


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