How to Begin Taking Food Photography?

The art of food photography has become a daily routine for thousands of people around the world. Seriously, not only food bloggers with insane equipment and high tech cameras are involved in the food photography scene. People are taking photos with their phones and point and shoot cameras; heck even old school people with flip phones are taking food photos! What makes food photography so special is because food plays a role in the lives of every human being. Food is social, cultural and a downright necessity. So why not build your skills and gain more knowledge on this fascinating hobby?

So like previously mentioned, in theory, you can use any device that takes a photograph to shoot food, however, if you are trying to take your ability to the next level, a DSLR camera is a great start! For our photos, we use the Nikon D5600. You can purchase it from Amazon, here:

Now, once you purchase a camera, it is time to learn how to actually take great photos. Cameras can be overwhelming at first if you are new to photography. Which is why the Nikon D5600 is a great camera for beginners because it is relatively simple to use. Make it a priority to learn the manual functions of the camera; this will ensure the highest quality pictures.

To be honest, when we first began shooting, we used the auto feature. Once we learned how to use the manual functions, we noticed a huge difference in our image quality!

terrible burger pic
This is one of our first burger pics using auto setting. As you see, the flash on our camera was used, casting a terrible glare on the burger. The quality is also grainy. We also did not clean the plate; amateur mistake!

Make it a goal to learn about a new function each day. Focus on aperture one day, then ISO and so on. Once you have an understanding of each feature, you should see a huge difference in photo quality.

sushi closeup 1

This is one of our favorite shots that we took of food so far, using a Nikkor 50mm lens.

The photo was taken in natural lighting with an ISO of 100, aperture 1.8; to really get a great blur of the background and shutter speed of 1/60.

Here is a great book that can really help take your photography to the next level!

Please feel free to comment or message us with any questions you have relating to food photography, cameras etc.. Once you start taking great pictures, leave us a photo in the comments and we may feature it on our Instagram!

Good Luck! And most of all, have fun!


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