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Food Photography Tips – Some Video Tutorials

This weekend is a focus on food photography. Earlier I shared a collection of food images to get you hungry, and encouraged you to do participate doing some food photography in the weekly challenge. As well two recent articles with some food photography tips:

  Today I wanted to find some video tutorials on food photography for you. Here’s a few that I found. This first one is by photographer Chris Marquardt as he photographs on location at a restaurant and shows tips for using simple gear, and what you have on hand. Watch as he gets the restaurant owner to be his assistant and uses things like a tablecloth, tin foil and some vegetable oil to help make the food look appetizing and juicy. Marc Matsumoto, food photographer and chef, (who also has his own food blog where I found some great recipes AND food photos) gives some quick tips in this video that you can apply to take better food photos even if you just have a point and shoot camera or Smartphone. On the other end of the scale is a studio food photography set with this video from Adorama featuring photographer Rick Gayle. He talks about lighting, composition, focus, positioning items, food styling, tools of the trade that food photographers use such as: dental tools, WD-40, oil, glycerin, water, Scotchgard, reflectors, mini-mirrors, props and more.

Finally one from a recent dPS author Skyler Burt on composition for food photography.

Have some other tips or good videos on food photography, please share in the comments below. Remember the fun of food photography is you get to eat it after you’re done.

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Darlene Hildebrandt
Darlene Hildebrandt

is an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through free articles on her website Digital Photo Mentor, online photography classes, and travel tours to exotic places like Peru, Thailand, India, Cuba, Morocco, Bhutan, Vietnam and more. To help you improve and learn she has two email mini-courses. Sign up for her free beginner OR portrait photography email mini-course here. Or get both, no charge!