Change your angle
Flat lays are trending these past few years, and more and more people are jumping aboard the bandwagon. If you want to tell a different story, change your angle, show a different perspective. The height of the cake won’t show when viewed from above. My favorite to do is this what I would describe as outerspace-looking-at-earth-from-moon angle.
Don’t be afraid to come closer
Just be sure not to drop your camera or phone in the bowl of steaming hot soup. Getting up close and personal means you get the minute details of the dish: the crispy flakiness of the chicharon, the freshness of the herbs used as garnish… These tiny little details adds to the imagination of what the food will taste like and just whets the appetite some more.
Go ala carte
The more food you have on frame, the more the eye travels from one element to the other. Unless you’re dining at a fancy restaurant and the plating is superb (and tiny serving sizes really), chances are the several food on your table are all vying for attention. In such cases, it is best to just pick one star to showcase, and maybe just do an album of the different food you’ve tried at that resto/event, rather than all of them crowding your table and photo and hardly be noticed at all.
So, feel free to experiment with taking food shots but don’t forget to eat the food before they get cold. And for more samples of how I take food shots, follow me on Instagram @xoxodawn . See you!