Let’s get this Right! {Food Photography}

Hey everyone…I am so excited to introduce you to yet another great contributor! My good friend Lauren, yes another Lauren..haha…She is a great person and an awesome photographer! You can find her on facebook and check out her website!

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I’m excited to be a contributor to Healthy Hen! I’m Lauren, and I’ll be sharing posts all about photography tips and tricks and fun stuff.  I own LoK Photography and have been in business since 2006.  I love capturing babies, kids and families but I was taught many other types of photography through my degree at NKU.  That is what I want to share with you today.  Food Photography!

I teamed up with the Healthy Hen herself to take her photos from blah to beautiful in a few easy steps.



The picture of her pretzel bites on the left is how she would normally shoot food.  Yeah…it’s lack luster, not super appetizing and just blah.

First lets put down the phone and grab the camera.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a point and shoot or fancy dslr both are much better than the phone’s camera.  Turn your flash off and turn off any overhead lighting that is on.  Having only one light source is always what you want to use.  It’s just simpler and looks better straight out of your camera. Your camera can better judge what the white balance should be when there is only one light source.


Second pay attention to what is in the frame.

Anything behind the plate can distract from your food, so change your angle to make sure you are only including what is important.  Also, make sure your exposure is making the food look as good as possible.  If you are using a dslr choose the lowest f-stop available.  Just changing the exposure and eliminating what didn’t need to be in the frame made this image look amazing! Also play with the arrangement of the food, pretzel bites are easier to move around than chicken and rice, but try to think about what would look most appealing when plating.  Odd numbers are always more visually appealing.

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{now you can stop there, but if you want to put in a little more effort keep reading!}

Third add a nice background

We moved from the counter to the floor, adding in a wood cutting board.  We were near her sliding glass window, but we were also next to the white wall in her kitchen.  The light coming from the window lights up the back side of the food, and the white wall adds in extra light to the left side.  The light bouncing off the white wall is called fill light. Once you find your ‘sweet spot’ of light you can quickly and easily recreate great photographs with the same settings. Of course you will want to choose the same time of day so that the light is the same. Figuring out the best place in your home to light your food will pay off later when you can snap a photo in an instant and it looks gorgeous straight out of the camera!

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Guys, I would love to see how your food photography improves! Are you on Flickr? It’s super easy to upload your images to the Healthy Hen {Food Photography} group so we can celebrate how awesome your images have become!


  1. David says:

    Great tips that should improve anybody’s food photos. Presentation, simple lighting and non-distracting background. And changing perspective can make so much difference.

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