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Food photography using smartphone

July 29, 2018



Food photography requires a good camera and lighting system to ensure you have a snapshot of the minute details for capturing the meals. Lighting, background, table set up, stable hands, use of odd numbers and camera applications are some of the factors you can consider in food photography. Sometimes, the presentation of the food depends on how it was cooked, for example: using an offset styled smoker or electric smoker. One blog site has revie
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Lighting is vital in food photography when there is excess light it interferes with the smooth texture of the food. Natural light gives a smooth texture to the meal this means you should take the picture mid-morning when the sun is not too hot. If you choose to take the photograph in an enclosed setup, regulate the amount of light in the room. Smartphones have settings to change the lighting system while viewing the picture.



Food photography should depict high hygienic standards. You cannot take a picture on a dirty surface it gives a bad impression of poor food handling and preparation. Compared to traditional photography, smartphone food photography makes you view the picture and make any necessary adjustments to get a good capture.


Table set up

Professional food photography should follow all the cuisine rules and the table where you place the table should have the entire cutlery at the right place and the right positioning in relation to the furniture.



Shaking and trembling of the hands compromises picture quality. Some people naturally have shaking hands, these distort the snapshots. Remember, the picture should be able to show clearly the type of food and probably ingredients used. If this is not the case, you may miss out some important ingredients, which are essential in the picture.


Odd number effect

When taking photographs of foods, use an odd number of cutlery to create a uniform pattern; which is appealing to the eye.


Why use smartphones?

Traditional photography used film technology, which had its own share of challenges. The smartphone technology has addressed the challenges and made food photography an easy and efficient task. Once you have taken the photographs, you can share online through various social media platforms integrated on the smartphone through various supported web browsers.


In addition, there are other applications, which perform different functions to enhance food photography tasks. Some of them include editing functions, the addition of text and merging of photos for comparisons.


Quality is significant in food photography; this is possible when you have a camera with a strong lens with many features for numerous functions. Some of the features of a smartphone include zoom in and zoom out, editing functions, the addition of visual effects to help add graphical concepts for a better view.


Your smartphone is good enough for a start, you will master the rules of the game as you capture more photos since there is no school to learn how to use a smartphone in taking photographs. The manual can be of help since it describes the functions of every menu of the smartphone camera. If you need professional food photography, you need experts to help you climb the ladder.


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