If you’ve been lucky enough to come across any of lensmaster smine27′s recipe lenses, you already know he’s a talented food photographer but you might be surprised to learn that he uses his iPhone to take all of those stunning photos. We asked him to share some of his secrets and he courteously obliged us with some pretty awesome advice that you’re going to want to gobble up now and bookmark as a resource for later. Here’s what he had to say:
Getting great photos isn’t as hard as you’d think. First, I take pictures with my iphone so expensive equipment isn’t necessary. Also plate your food as beautifully as you can. If there are drips of gravy on the side of the plate, I make sure to wipe them off before doing anything else.
I make sure to get the best lighting possible. Although outside during the day is best, it’s not always possible ( especially for dinner ). In this case, I choose the most lighted place in the apartment. I choose the best plate ( usually white ) for my food but I do try and vary my photos as much as possible so I mix it up.
I also like using props such as napkins, cutlery and real food. For example, I saved some strawberries to use as props for my strawberry cupcakes. I also have a small collection of “fake” flowers to use a decoration. It’s all about balance and composition.
Editing and tweaking:
I take between 7-20 photos, a variety of shots from different angles. I then edit my photos if needed right on my Iphone using an app called Snapseed. It’s very easy to use and can enhance your photos in a few seconds. Once I choose the photo I like,I get it onto my lens. However half the time, I find that once it goes onto my lens, it doesn’t look as good as I thought it would. In that case, I either choose a different photo or on rare occasions, I retake a few more shots to get it just right.
A good way to improve:
Browsing through Pinterest and studying food photos is a good habit as they will give you ideas for your next food photo session.
These two lenses kind of show you what I go through with my photos.
With the experience I got with the matcha cupcakes, the photo for my strawberry cupcakes turned out better.
I put them into a basket I had lying around, used a fake flower prop and put them on a yellow paper napkin, which made the picture pop. The photo was taken on a glass table in my living room with bad lighting so I edited in Snapseed to enhance the photo.
Be sure to stop by smine27′s bio page to see more of his terrific work and to thank him for sharing his secrets.
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