Mouth-watering photos: 5 tips from the expert

How many of you have been pulling out cameras and phones during your last meal? Excellent meals are memorable, but can be even more so if we capture food in pictures. It’s not always easy to take good shots, especially if we are in a rush, or somewhere with less than ideal lighting.

We have asked our London docent and food stylist Kathy Kordalis and her photographer Jen Rich to share with us a few tips on how to best style and photograph food when traveling.

Here are some tips on how to turn your vacation food images into frame worthy shots.

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Slide 1
A series of shots used to tell a story can be anything from two or three shots arranged in a frame or collage through to hundreds of shots arranged in an album (online or printed). Don't make the mistake of needing to put every possible element of a story or scene into each photograph. This leads to photos that can be quite cluttered, that have too many points of interest that clash with each other and in-turn confuses the viewer.
Slide 2
A visual theme could perhaps be colors or shapes that come up again and again e.g. on a trip to Paris in autumn the reoccurring colors in the markets, stalls and in the street were oranges and green turning to brown. Images of pumpkins, apples and other autumnal vegetables and fruits in markets as well as a dish inspired by a local restaurant using the seasonal produce in the same color theme. A Locational theme could be reoccurring photos from similar types of places. For example it could be a markets theme when you are on a trip. It could be a collection of images across various markets like food markets, flea markets flower markets all directed by the same theme.
Slide 3
If using a camera make use of the white balance option function this will best enhance the natural colours in the image. Use the most natural light available but not in direct sunlight, diffused light is best.
Slide 4
If you are struggling in low light & your camera allows you to adjust shutter speed - choose a slower exposure time to allow more light into the camera. If you have a tripod it will allow you to use slower shutter speed - if you are shooting hand held try not not to go bellow 1/60 sec to prevent camera shake.
Slide 5
Move around the food - choose the best angle - not necessarily the way it has been placed and ensure that there is not too much clutter in background.