Social media is filled with snaps of food. Most of these pictures are unappetizing despite the best efforts of amateur photographers who have no clue how to style food. Get more likes and make your pictures more professional with the right styling tips and cell phone features.
- Fast charging capabilities
- Focus on the yum factor
- Cellular software support
- Create a fitting mood
- Consider extras
- Design your background
- Create movement
- Shoot from multiple angles
- Plate your food
- Reasonably Priced Phone
Fast Charging Capabilities
Food bloggers know the importance of a fully charged phone. You don’t want to find yourself in the middle of a photo or video shoot, capturing a perfectly styled dish, only to have your phone die halfway through. So, whether you realize it or not, fast charging appliances make a difference. It may not play a direct role in food styling, but its indirect role is just as important as focusing on the “yum factor.” Additionally, if your phone is low on battery and you catch it in time, it’s important to have a charger that can offer the quickest charge when you need it most.
Focus on the Yum Factor
Which qualities are you presenting in your food story? Viewers want to see photos and drool over the food, not the styling. You may not know how to style food right now, but follow top food photographers and popular hashtags. Scroll through these experts’ feeds to see which tricks they like to use and get inspired.
Explore big names in the culinary world to understand the role of texture, color and lighting in how to style food.
Make sure the food and background of your photo are:
If viewers don’t want to eat what you are shooting, you will not get as many likes. The right details matter when telling your food story, including not having grease stains or unintentional smudges.
If you are shooting for a long time, food will melt or dry out. Reserve meat juice after cooking and spritz on your food for a juicy look. For the perfect amount of condensation, fill a spray bottle with water or buy clear spray paint.
Professional food photographers have a few tricks for how to style food while keeping it looking yummy. Invest in a few extras by ordering faux or acrylic ice cubes online and a few makeup brushes that you just use for food. Keep in mind most of these types of ice cubes don’t float, so keep all liquids just below their level.
Create the perfect shot with a few items you already have around the house:
- Tweezers adjust sprigs of herbs
- Rulers keep distances uniform
- Spatulas flip or smear
- Hair dryers melt butter and adds movement
- Pour sauces into squeeze bottles to get creative with designs
- Dilute beverages; they tend to photograph much darker than they are in real life
Quality Software Support
Another feature that doesn’t play a direct role in food presentation is choosing a phone carrier with an emphasis on software support/updates. Buying a phone is an investment. Even when you select from one of our affordable smartphones, you want to keep your phone for at least two years. That’s not a possibility if your phone doesn’t receive continuous updates. Some cell phone carriers do a better job of software support than others, such as Samsung and OnePlus, two companies you will find when browsing our phone selection.
Now, what can aesthetically improve your food styling? Mood.
Create a Fitting Mood
Know which ingredients are in season when planning your content. During the cold months of the year, ice cream and smoothies are not what your followers are craving. Think stews and roasts for winter, salads and smoothies for spring, pies and side dishes for fall, and fruit and raw vegetables for summer.
Always go with what is in season, not what you want to shoot. If you are shooting summer foods, try to set the mood by showcasing sunshine in the background. Use a diffuser to counteract the brightness.
Play with shadows and darkness once you gain more experience. For now, think spring and summer whites for backgrounds. Set a winter or fall mood with darker backgrounds.
To avoid filling up the frame and wasting food, use small plates and bowls. Sprinkle some fresh herbs or go bigger with a small bowl of dipping sauce on the plate. Play around with matte palettes to allow your food to pop.
Big plates and bowls are challenges when you are first learning how to style food. Extras tell the story of your food.
Side dishes and garnishes add robustness to your food tale. Think chopped lemons, chilies and herbs to add texture and color. These extras create a sense of balance with the right tablecloth.
Design Your Background
Most dishes are served in bowls or plates. However, many, such as charcuterie, can be served on a cutting board or a tile. Cut and arrange fruit in fun shapes. Use yogurt or chocolate as a dipping sauce to anchor the back of your photo.
Serve bread on a cutting board and experiment with the angle of the knife. Smaller items also add BIG visual interest to your background without being overwhelming. Sprinkle dry ingredients around a plate or in the foreground to create a visual representation of recipes.
If you use berries, fruit pieces – fresh and dry – or nuts, stage them around your plate. Brightly hued spices are also great accessories for your food photo. Fill a spoon with these beauties and place anywhere in the frame.
Forks, spoons and knives have defined shapes and lines that add interest. Find objects around the house for a more personal touch.
Go outside and find heart-shaped leaves, pinecones or an object that embodies the current season. Flowers infuse a photo with color while also adding a delicate touch. A pebble or two adds whimsy.
Draw the viewer into your world by adding touches of you. Think your favorite book or teacup for a relaxed feeling.
A static picture is great until your feed and grid are full of them. Some food snappers like to include their hands in the shot for movement. Swirls in the food or slices show that movement has already happened to add interest.
Food can be roughly chopped for movement and a rustic touch.
Shoot from Multiple Angles
To get the right shot, you may have to take dozens of pictures. Play with serving sizes and height. Shoot from above, straight ahead and the side.
Experiment by not keeping everything flat. Prop cutlery or show as much movement as possible.
Plate Your Food
Every person on the planet eats with their eyes first. If something looks delicious, we are more likely to forgive any perceived flaws.
To design the perfect plate, start with the basics.
- Place starches on the plate first.
- Then arrange vegetables.
- Top the dish with protein.
- Clean up any spills.
Your plate should be visually compact and appealing.
Reasonably Priced Phones
Nobody wants to get ripped off, but it can be easy to be cheated out of a fair deal when it comes to smartphones. With all the features and tech advances, not everybody “speaks phone” fluently and may not easily spot a scam. How does this play into food preparation? Well, it doesn’t. Still, there are a lot of phones to choose from and while you want the best, you likely demand a reasonable price. There is no need to spend $1,000 on a phone when you can buy one with with all the necessary features at a fraction of that cost.
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