How to take amazing pictures of your vegan food
Let’s face it. If you’re vegan and into your food, you’ve GOT to be good at taking pictures of it. I expect there’s pictures of your vegan food all over your Instagram and Facebook, showcasing the delights of this lifestyle.
Some of us aren’t born gifted with the photography skills that get the best images, so here’s some of the top tips to take amazing pictures of your vegan food.
Filters and editing
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“No one wants to see a picture of your burger with some bizarro faux-1970s Polaroid filter slapped over it. If you’re using Instagram, try the more subtle options, like Amaro or Valencia for color images and Willow for black and white. If you want to really upgrade your photos, use editing software like VSCO cam, Afterlight, or Snapseed, which allow you to mess with variables like exposure, saturation, sharpening, and enhancing or reducing shadows and highlights. The first two even come with their own filters—most of which are much better (and more food-friendly) than Instagram’s.” Read more at Bon Apetit.
Find the best angle
“Certain recipes have a strong graphic identity and will look striking when photographed from directly above, while other subjects (tiered cakes being a good example) often need to be shot from a lower angle. Try to get your composition in place in advance so that you can concentrate on the food when it’s ready to photograph; you don’t really want to be worrying about glassware, cutlery and napkin placement when the dish is ready.” Read more at BBC Good Food.
Use natural light, and lots of it
“The one thing you can do to make your food photos look better is to use natural light. Don’t use the overhead lighting, which casts a yellow greasy-spoon look to a plated dish, and definitely don’t use an on-camera flash. Set your dish near a window and turn off any artificial lights that might be on nearby. The indirect light from a window will illuminate your food just right. Try to photograph with the light at your back or to the side of a dish, so that the shadows are to the side or behind it.
If you have a window that lets in loads of direct sunlight, you can cover it with a white sheet to soften the light. You can also use a white sheet or white poster board facing the window to bounce light back on the shadowed side of the food, filling in those shadows with a little bit of extra light.” Read more at Mother Nature network here.