Check it out, while I was in Bali a few weeks ago I was asked to write some things about taking photos of your food. I seized the oppourtunity to educate people. While my girlfriend was getting a massage I had my toenails manicured (they took my clippers off me at the airport, and this was cheaper than buying more. Why not?) and tapped away on my iphone for half an hour or so.. Check it out.
Original link http://www.traveller.com.au/the-worlds-most-beautiful-food-the-prettiest-cuisines-around-the-world-1254ie
How to take better food photos
Want to post pics of your meals while you're travelling to make your friends jealous? Professional food photographer Kristoffer Paulsen offers his top five tips.
Flash. Turn it off. Unless you can replicate the ol' Terry Richardson look, or you're using a DSLR with a bounce head, it'll look awful and you'll annoy other diners. Use natural light. Food almost always looks better with natural light coming from one side (preferably behind). If you know you're going to want to shoot your food, ask for a seat near the window. Natural side light gives texture and contrast, whereas light from above or all around flattens things out and does the opposite. If your shadows are too harsh try using a white napkin to fill the shadows a little (and get ready for the looks).
In my opinion, food never looks good under moody restaurant lighting. It looks yellow and awful; a bad representation of the dish, and insulting to the poor chef if those photos go on social media. If you must take pictures of your food at night with your smart phone, think about getting something like the awesome new Expose light by Melbourne company, Knog. You can side light it and it'll look great.
I almost always tweak my photos with some kind of app before posting them anywhere. This is the same with my professional images from my DSLR, so it makes sense that the images from a phone won't be any better! Spend a few bucks on an app like After Light, VSCO Cam or Alt-Photo and learn how to use it. Think about contrast, white balance and sharpness. It's amazing how even some of the presets in these Apps can bring a dull image to life.
Be sensitive to your surroundings. Don't be the one with the big camera blazing away and forbidding others from eating before you've got "the shot". Leave eating cold food to the professionals (like me!). Eating out is a wonderful thing, and you should enjoy the experience, rather than being a knob with a camera.
I get wannabe foodies follow me on Instagram all the time, and their feeds are awful. Just badly composed sad brown blobs on big white plates. When I shoot food, I want try to make it look like a memory someone could have had. I want to make it look like you could sit down, grab a fork and eat. It's about the story. Rumple a napkin, hang a fork off the side of a plate. Froth up a beer a little. Drop a bit of salt on the table. The key to creating a story in an image is the human element. Without it, it's just a boring plate of food. Have fun with it!
Things like focus point, aperture and shutter speed are really important if you're using a DSLR or even a point and shoot. If you're shooting from the side, try to focus on the protein. If you want to create a sense of depth, go for a smaller depth of field (f stop number). Never go below 1/60th of a second shutter speed to keep things sharp.
There you go. GO FORTH AND NOT BE A KNOB!