Difference between good and bad food photography

April 7, 2014

The difference between good and bad food photography is as clear as night and day: a photo of drooping, overly sauced enchiladas at your local restaurant are unappealing and make you want to run in the other direction; a photo of roasted chicken drumsticks alongside fresh vegetables and herbs are enough to make you start to salivate. So what can a photographer do to achieve the latter?

Half the battle – and fun – in shooting food is styling it to get the perfect composition and aesthetic, in order to really tell the story behind the food.


Unlike other subjects, food has a very short window of time when it looks good enough to photograph. That means you have to get your act together – fast.


Focus on the details that will make the viewer really think about what the food tastes like.


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