A great food photo isn't just about the food. You need to take everything on the table into account.
Photo by Michael Stern.
Daniel Krieger has taken professional food photos for The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit, so he knows a thing or two about snapping the perfect shot of a great dish. Krieger explains to Tucker Bowe at Gear Patrol that people on Instagram focus too much on the food itself in their photos. For a food photo to be good, it has to have good composition. And using objects outside of the dish is an easy way to achieve that. Use the table, the landscape, the dishes, utensils, and anything else you can find to create good lines and depth. Don't forget to try multiple angles and distances too. Don't just focus on the food, focus on the food experience.
How to Take a Better Food Photo [Gear Patrol]