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Taking photos of food is a tasty endeavor (especially if you get to stuff your belly afterwards).
But because food photos are so popular, it can sometimes be hard to get a shot that is not only appetizing but original.
So we’ve put together some unique food photo ideas with tips ranging from backdrops to dainty dishware. Whether you’re a foodie-photo pro or a nom-nom-photo novice, the results will be both yum and fun. Bon appétit!
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Here at Photojojo we take the photography lifestyle very seriously. We live it, we breathe it, we even eat it.
Specifically, we eat these camera shaped cookies and we think you should too.
Grab yourself a set of these insanely awesome cookie cutters and make a batch of cute and delicious camera shaped cookies for all your friends.
Then make another batch just for yourself. We won’t tell if you won’t.
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What came first? The chicken or the chocolate egg? We don’t know but we do know what came next. You!
Surprise a friend as they bite into an Easter egg by hiding a photo on the inside.
All you need for this surprise are some chocolate eggs, a little chocolate surgery and a photo of yourself in your Easter best.
Put on those bunny ears and hop this way for chocolate surprise fun times.
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Your camera’s just as badass as you are in the kitchen.
With your sleeves rolled up, you can both take on a little batter, and you can both definitely take on some cocoa dusted Belgian chocolate anything.
With this mid-holiday season insanity, there’s nothing that sounds better than taking a little break from it all with your camera in one hand and a spatula in the other (okay, maybe not at the same time).
Here’s a little roundup on tips for shooting in the kitchen, camera gadgets for better photos, and an extra-special section down ‘low on edible photographs and cameras. Yep, you heard us.
Photos and cameras you can eat. Go. read. now. ↓
1. Tips for Taking Better Food Photos:
Your two main perpetrators are 1) not having enough light and 2) having the wrong white balance.
To combat the the low light issue:
- Shoot with a wide aperture
- Raise ISO to capture more light
- If your shutter speed < 1/60, use a tripod or flash.
- Direct flash is too harsh for food (makes too many shadows & makes food glisten in potentially unappetizing ways), so you might try a flash bounce or a diffuser.
To combat the white balance issue, try these white balance settings:
- In natural light, go with a daylight setting.
- If it’s especially cloudy or shady with a blue cast, use a cloudy or shady setting.
- If you have lamps on inside, set your white balance to Tungsten to offset the orange shade.
- Or set a custom white balance using a grey card or something like a white balance lens cap.
Onward! Here are a few guides full of really handy tips for shooting in the kitchen and hey, even at the table.
- Photojojo’s Ten Tastiest Food Photography Tips
- The Serious Eats Guide to Food Photography
- How to Start a Food Blog
2. Gadgets for Better Food Photos:
There might be a couple reasons why you have a camera in the kitchen. Y’know, besides proving to everyone that you look really good in an apron.
It might be to document the process (maybe you have a blog!) or you’re simply a foodie that appreciates what goes into making something that looks as good as it tastes.
These gadgets are not only the extra hand you’ll need if you’re playing with flour, kneading dough, or whisking eggs, but they’ll help you get better shots, too!
- A camera holder. Something like this Camera Capture Clip lets you wear your DSLR on your belt, keeping your camera safely out of the way.
- Shutter triggers. The iOShutter lets you set off your DSLR’s shutter via sound, motion triggers & more. Helpful for when your hands are full.
- A tripod. To prevent motion blur, so your photos are nice and sharp.
- A phone stand. When you’re not using as a tripod, you can use it as a stand for reading recipes on your phone. Also check out the Gorillapod Mobile.
- A level. Saves you time from having to go back and edit.
- A mini camera crew. The Swivl is a phone stand that follows your every move via a remote sensor. Shoot vids of yourself or set up a video-chat.
- A flash bounce or diffuser. Direct flash is too harsh. With the right amount of diffusion, you can take flash photos that don’t even look like they were shot with flash.
- A grey card or white balance lens cap. Set a custom white balance to measure the temperature of the light that you’re shooting in. It’ll make your shots look more like they were shot in natural lighting.
3. Blogs & Photographers That’ll Inspire You:
You’ll love these guys if you don’t already.
- Smitten Kitchen — Simply great photos showing the process
- Evelina and Carl Kleiner — The photographer & stylist behind Ikea’s cookbook
- Delicious Days — Thoughtful photos of food
- The Last Appetite — A global food blog
- TasteSpotting — An aggregated best of from around the net
- I Love Fika — Beautiful photos of coffee adventures in Portland and beyond
4. Camera Geek Wares for Your Kitchen:
Your kitchen’s the one room in your house that’s missing that photo geekery you’re so well-known for! There’s a chance you didn’t know some of this stuff even existed.
A kitchen timer that looks like a lens and camera bag that you can use as a lunch cooler? Totes.
The f/60 Lens Kitchen Timer — A timer that looks like a lens.
Camera Cookie Cutters — For true photo geeks. Rangefinder, TLR & SLR shapes!
Ceramic Lens Mugs — For the classy coffee drinker. Ceramic with fine lens detailing.
Lens Shot Glasses — That bread pudding could do with a little shot of a brandy, and so could you.
The Egg Carton Film Case — This thing is made to keep your 35mm rolls of film fresh in the fridge. Just make sure your roomie doesn’t try to make a scramble with ‘em.
The Camera Cooler Bag — This is a camera bag that can double as a cooler bag!
5. Photos & Cameras You Can Actually Eat!:
Yes, finally! Here are all the delicious photos and cameras that will happily digest in your tummy.
Gingerbread cameras — Our DIY tutorial for making TLRs and even a Mamiya from cookie dough!
Instagram chocolate — Cocoagraph will turn your phone photos into chocolate.
Photo cupcakes — Printable icing sheets means you can print a photo onto icing and eat your own face.
Camera cookies — Cookies that look like cameras. Glass free!
Photo lollipops — Same idea as the cupcakes. Lick.
You’re ravenous. A most delectable grilled cheese sits before you, melty sides catching your eye.
It’s too beautiful to eat without photographing first!
On February 24th at 12pm EST, you’ll discover you’re not the only one. It’s a global day of photographing your food!
The Meal is calling all foodie photographers to participate in a global food photo exhibit. Your simultaneously shot photos will be collected and shown at The Brooklyn Art Library on March 31st.
It’s for a good cause, too! The Meal has partnered with Action Against Hunger, a non-profit who battles hunger around the world.
It all comes full-circle: your hunger-induced photo helps end hunger for others. Not even scarfing down a grilled cheese sandwich could beat that satisfaction.
Heads up! If you do submit, that means they can use your photo for promotional reasons. However, they’ll never sell your photo for profit. Read the deets on the Project Agreement!
Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”. Well this year, we’re making the cameras.
They showed us just how they did it, so you can make one at home, too.
Make a TLR, rangefinder or a Hasselblad. You can have any camera on your wish list!
Whether you call it pop or soda, it’s bubbly, cold, teeth-rotting, and awfully tasty.
And now, armed with your photos, you can make it truly yours.
If you already know about Jones Soda, you probably know that they’re a tiny soda company that’s made unique flavors (like Bubble Gum, Green Apple, and Strawberry) since 1995; and you probably know that their bottles feature beautiful photography.
What most people don’t know is that you can upload a photo of your choice to the Jones website and they’ll ship you a custom 12-pack with your pic on the bottle.
Customization doesn’t come cheap; a dozen bottles will set you back $35 + shipping. But it is easy: Upload a photo, choose your soda flavor, tap in your credit card, then sit back and wait for bubbly refreshment to arrive at your doorstep.
Just when you thought cakes and cupcakes couldnâ€™t get any better, here come the happy and fun-loving folks over at Icing Images.
Simply send them your digital photograph and they send you back edible icing! Lickety split!
Your tasty photo icing arrives as sheets of sugar on paper backing, sealed in a plastic bag. You can slide it onto cakes, cookies, or cupcakes right away; or store it for up to 6 months. Instructions are included, and sizes range from 11Ã—17 to 2.5â€ round so you have plenty of options.
Photo cupcakes are our new favorite thing. Read on to see how we made ours…