Tips for photographing food in your restaurant

A picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to food photography, it could be worth a thousand customers too.

For good food photography you don't need an expensive camera. Most compact cameras and smartphone cameras produce very good quality images, especially when the intended use is on a website. However, if you are interested in very high quality images and more manual control over camera settings, then a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera is worthwhile.

Quality photos depend on good lighting. This doesn't mean you need to buy a set of tungsten lights or LED light panels. The best lighting is often natural light. Make the most of the daylight and avoid using your in-camera flash which can produce harsh shadows.

Once you have a perfectly plated dish place it on a nicely laid out table near a window without direct sunlight. An outdoor table or position is also a good option.

If you have a wooden or marble surface then you’ve already got the perfect backdrop. Then add some interesting textures like crisp white tablecloths, linen in neutral colours, or even your menus.

For more tips on angles, camera settings, composition and framing, styling and props, and editing your photos visit

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