Food Photography

I’m certainly new to food photography, and looking back on some of my past attempts at plate-shots, I could really use some pointers.

I love to cook and I love taking pictures- should be a no-brainer. And yet, food photography isn’t that easy.

My First Lesson: practice, practice, practice.

My Next Lesson: lighting is everything. I’ve been informed to use as much natural light as possible (set up shop by a window on a wonderfully sunny day, and play with an adjustable lamp for extra lighting). Never use the built in camera flash.

Next Lesson: Use a tripod

Next Lesson: Play with camera angles (head on, from above, tilt the camera, close up, get creative).

Next Lesson: Be creative: be aware of the small details: Use props: like napkins, ingredients, cutlery, white china. Keep your theme in mind. I’m doing a Christmas family cookbook, focusing on those aspects: Christmas and family.

Prepare the shot: props and presentation: table cloth, ornaments, Christmas tree, candies, bows, presents, and such. Set the scene and create an atmosphere

Next of Many Lessons to Come: Learn more: study, stroll through a bookstore and check out photography books; find pictures you like and figure out why you like them- what makes them good? Practice more. And then comes the editing process…


Ellen Schoeman (pen name E. L. Schoeman) is the author of the award winning YA novel, Isabel. All in all I’m a YA writer. Check me out on Facebook at: