Tips for Photographing Food

One might think that photographing an in-animate object such as food would be pretty easy. I mean, it sits still, unlike toddlers, right? I’ve spent years taking pictures of families, and when I dipped into photographing food, I realized it was MUCH MUCH harder!

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{Pin this image above, not from the NYIP page}

Today, I’ve got 5 simple tips for photographing food for ya.  I’ve started a collection of plates, utensils, papers, fabrics, and other odds & ends to help me set up the scene for pictures. I feel like I have a LOT of practice still in the new-to-me area of photography, but it’s a fun learning process.

 I wrote this full article for the New York Institute of Photography

HEAD ON OVER to NYIP to read all about it! Read full article HERE.

To see more photo tips on my site, CLICK HERE.

To see more posts shared at the NYIP, click HERE. (Such as Storytelling with Pictures and Fun Ideas for Photographing Family Gatherings)

Kristen Duke

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  1. So excited about these tips!

  2. Ha! It’s funny you said it’s harder to photograph food than toddlers. I wouldn’t have thought that in a million years–toddlers are hard!!

  3. I love seeing that behind-the-scenes set up – – I never thought to use the background like that – so much easier than dragging out a big background – genius!
    Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts recently posted..Vanilla Cheesecake with Strawberry SauceMy Profile

  4. Kristen
    I looked at your site on photo tips and you have a plethora of information that’s almost exhaustive! Wow! I have bookmarked this page for help in my photography quest! Thanks for providing so much useful information!
    Irving recently posted..Inexpensive Trick Photography TechniquesMy Profile

  5. Hi there,

    Any insight into how you created your backdrop and tabletop prop in the “behind the scenes” set? Are those squares of wood flooring?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, it’s just scrapbook paper that looks like wood! THe white board is just a foam board you can get at a craft store or Wal Mart!

  6. Great tips girl!

  7. Loved the tips from the article. I actually use all of those already! I do have a question and that is how did you make that prop in the picture above? To me it looks like white foam poster board and possibly some scrap paper taped on? Just wondering because I loooove that idea! Pinning :)

    *Visiting from Someday Crafts Whatever Goes Wednesday*

  8. Accidentally Wonderful says:

    Great tips! I’d love it if you’d link this up at my very first linky party!

  9. Great tips! I hope you’ll share your post at Thank Goodness It’s Thursday-
    Jordan Hansen recently posted..Thank Goodness It’s Thurday No. 5My Profile

  10. Love me some food photography tips!! Thanks, Kristen!!

  11. Hi Kristin! Love these tips and your blog!! You know that by now, lol! I started a new series this year called blog tips and tricks. I will be posting once maybe twice a month with one of my tips or a tip from my linky party posters. I was hoping to start with this one, if that’s ok? I only use a pic and a link like my Pinterest pic of the week posts. Let me know what you think. Or if you have another favorite Photography tip that needs a bump I would consider that too.
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  12. It’s great to meet a fellow Texan in the blogspace! Thankd for sharing your photography tips, I’m always looking for new ways to angle, filter and crop. Following you on facebook and google+!

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  13. Read the article, I think it will help me with my photography for my blog. I like your setup, I try to not show my ugly kitchen in my shots. I am currently shooting with my phone until I can afford a digital SLR. Any recommendations?
    Renee @CreativeMamaMessyHouse recently posted..Early Spring Planting and Plans for More Raised BedsMy Profile

  14. Hi there! My sweet mama passed along your site to me and I just read your photography tips on how to shoot food! I LOVED it. So simple, yet so informative. I can’t wait to try these out. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your knowledge, I’m always excited when people enjoy sharing both what doesn’t work and their successes. Keeps things real and raw–thank you than you!!


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