You don’t need a fancy or expensive camera to take good photos - often your smartphone will do the trick. However, learning some tricks of the food photography trade will set your photos apart no matter what equipment you’re using.
Shooting in natural light brings out colours and harsh shadows and next to a window during the day is a great way to capture natural lighting. Steer clear of overhead lights, lamps or your built-in flash (please).
Remove all objects inside the frame that don’t support the dish. Fresh ingredients scattered sparingly around the frame works well, however adding cooking utensils or props on top can take the attention away from the dish.
Some plates of food look better from above (like, pizza), or from the side (burgers), or at a 45-degree angle (drinks). Try moving around the plate and taking photos at various angles so you can pick your favorite later.
Keeps your camera steady (and clean).
Edit your photos
Play around with colour, brightness and white balance to really make the dish ‘pop’. Save your edit presets/settings to use for future photos.
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Not a problem! We have a network of professional photographers who are happy to shoot your vegan menu.
Not only are they amazing at their craft, our photography partners also have a strong understanding of vegan ingredients and experience styling vegan food. They have the ‘vegan eye’ 😉.
Contact us with your ideas and budget and we’ll put you in touch with a VECGRAVER photographer.
Through our production studio Vexquisit, we can create:
Food styling (prep assistance)
Behind the scenes shoots
Wherever your imagination goes, we can meet you there!
Check out our latest project with Melanie Joy and Beyond Carnism.