There’s an amateur food photography epidemic; or so you might think if you’re a user of Facebook, Instagram or any one of a number of apps or social media sites where people seem to routinely share photos taken in restaurants, of street food, and of their Sunday roasts. But besides social media sharing and points of reference for food bloggers, can these photos be put to good use?
Whether you’re a lover or a hater of this snap happy trend (and we are firmly in the loving camp) there’s a lot to be said for a food pic that can make you salivate long after the last morsels of a meal have been eaten. There’s a lot that can be done with that photo too, particularly if you take advantage of our easy Instagram to canvas service. This allows you to upload photos straight from the app and have them transferred straight to a canvas print.
If you’re a food fanatic who likes to frame the tasting menu when you’ve dined at a top eatery, how about preserving each tantalising moment even more vividly by recording each course on a personalised canvas – creating a fantastic foodscape for your kitchen or dining room?
Snapped a lot of exotic foods while on your equally exotic holiday? Why not present the journey by printing a photo of each meal alongside the view you enjoyed as you ate. This could be presented as a montage, or perhaps as a time line of your whole trip – whether you include the final shot of the fast food you ate at the airport is entirely up to you!
If you’re feeling inspired and want to start to get more out of your on the spot foodie shots, remembering these three tips should help you to capture the beauty of your food more easily. Just make sure you don’t waste too much time framing up the perfect shot – you don’t want your food to go cold, though we think melting food makes for some of the best photographs!
1) Don’t use your flash, this will make the food take on a plastic appearance and if you are outside, you will almost certainly not need any additional light. If you’re working indoors, you won’t capture anything well without light, so make sure there’s light in your backdrop, but again, leave the flash off.
2) Don’t be afraid to ‘set’ your table by moving items like condiments and drinks if you’d like them to frame the shot. Be careful to avoid capturing other diners, you can always crop people out but not their shadows.
3) Get close to the food, photograph at the same level or shoot from above to capture texture and shape. This might mean inciting a few inquisitive looks from fellow diners as you move down towards or above the table, but it’s definitely worth it.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you transferring food photographs taken with a point and shoot or DSLR camera to canvas. If you’re a chef rather than a critic, high quality canvas prints of your food are a great way to adorn your walls. If you need any tips on how to get the most out of your images, please get in touch – as experienced photographers, we’d be happy to help.
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