1. Make sure to take detailed pictures.
The more detail in your pictures, the more real the food looks. Most cameras know what the subject of your photo is which means it usually makes the subject detailed and blurs the background automatically. If you don’t shake the camera you are more likely to get detailed pictures. Also, most cameras have a mode called macro mode which is a good setting for getting rid of blurriness. In the pizza photo I took shown below you can clearly see the melted cheese and the green seasoning on the pizza (you can also see scratches on the fork). In the French toast photo below you can see the egg yolk in the bread, and in the root beer photos you can clearly see the air bubbles and in the last photo the shape of the ice.
2. Make sure your food picture isn’t overexposed.
Exposure refers to the amount of light in a photo. Overexposed photos are too bright, and underexposed photos are too dark. In most cameras you can change the exposure yourself. Usually in manual mode cameras have a setting called exposure compensation. Adjust the settings until your picture has the perfect exposure.
3. Think creatively.
Sometimes tilting your camera instead of just taking horizontal photos can produce some interesting results. This is good especially if you’re just taking a picture of a cup like the photo I added in this blog post. Also try some vertical photos, too.
Sometimes photos are too “perfect.” For example, this photo below doesn’t have a single crumb anywhere. The slices were cut and placed in the exact same way, and the plate were positioned perfectly. If you’re just taking photos for fun, you don’t have to do all of that.
This other picture also looks too perfect. The ice cream cone is perfectly straight and centered with a white background. There’s no melting ice cream or anything really interesting to look at.
I like to take photos of food that has been partially eaten. Far from being perfect, they’re kind of fun because you never know what they’re going to look like. In the photo below, notice how delicious the sauce looks that’s on the fork. You can also see the clear pattern on the fork. Notice the detail in the partially eaten crust. I’m getting hungry just looking at all these photos again!
4. Blur the background so that the food is in focus.
Sometimes you might not notice what’s in the background until after you’ve taken the photo. Suppose it’s something you don’t want like all the junk on the table. One way to deal with this is to blur the background. If you don’t blur the background people might not focus on the food. Most cameras have an option of selecting the subject of the photo and blurring everything else.
5. Have fun.
If you are too worried about changing all the camera settings, you might forget this. Unless you’re selling your photos you’re the only one who has to like them. One of the ways I try to make photography fun is by finding interesting subjects and for me that means something different all the time.