Food photography is both exciting and challenging. Photography on Marlows Kitchen is a newer concept that has added an immediate value since I first made the commitment to improve it. If you go through all of the older posts you’ll see pictures with poor lighting, staging, and overall quality.
What made me want to improve the quality of my food photos?
Browsing some of the most prominent food blogs made me cringe when I compared my photography with theirs. No matter how delicious my recipes were, my photos introduced them to the world in an underwhelming way. No one wanted to view my recipes because the pictures were unappetizing. This is one fact that I have purposefully ignored for too long. People eat with their eyes initially, especially on the Internet!
What steps did I take to improve my food photos?
The very first step I took was to browse existing food photography on Food Gawker and think about what made those pictures exceptional.
The second step I took was to buy this Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP Digital SLR camera. I used to just shoot pictures with my point and shoot camera or cell phone camera. Buying the new camera allowed me to take my photography to the next level technically speaking. Also, A great and affordable lens that I use to get those perfectly blurred backgrounds is a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens. It works wonders for food photography!
The third step and probably the most important was that I purchased an extremely honest and helpful E-Book Tasty Food Photography written by Lindsay@ Pinch of Yum. Click here to view more details. Her book guides you through the food photography process that’s so easy to follow. It also explains in detail methods to edit your food photos in Photoshop.
The fourth step I took was to buy props! Cheap props from Wally World or thrift stores make a HUGE difference. Another great place to find props are local antique auctions or estate auctions. The Tasty Food Photography E-Book above has a nice section devoted to props. I’ll warn you though, buying props can be addicting.
The fifth step is especially important for me because I have a low lit apartment. I bought this Lowel EGO Digital Imaging tabletop Fluorescent Light Unit that works wonders for shooting in low light settings. In fact, the after picture below was shot at 9pm at night!
Before and After
The results speak for themselves and I’m really excited to be able to provide professional looking photos for my readers. Not to mention that you get WAY MORE page views with good pictures!