1. Top Angle or ¾
There are photographers who absolutely love front angle, though; but I use to photograph with this angle just food or elements with a certain height.
Top angle and ¾ angle are the most attractive ones when talking about food photography.
Enjoy the power of top angles for compositions with a lot of elements: dishes, food, ingredients, glasses, cloths… It’s also the point of view of the cook that’s why it’s so attractive when there are raw ingredients involved.
¾ angle is perfect to show the dish itself, as it’s the point of view of the one who eats, when he or she is sat on the table.
And don’t be afraid og get closer to show the details.
2. Don’t be afraid of untidy spaces
I must say I might be a little bit excessive with that. I’m a super organised person; in my professional life I have everything scheduled or noted in my agenda and calendar and I have a notebook for every project. But when it comes to artistic matters, I love chaos.
At the beginning I was afraid to and it’s not funny to have to tidy everything. But, when you discover the artistic power of the chaos you won’t be able to give it up.
So don’t be afraid of spreading ingredients all over the set: flour, cocoa, breadcrumbs… They will help you to fit blank spaces and they will create the feeling that what you are doing is real, natural and “homemade”.
3. Use your hands (or other’s hands)
One thing as simple as using hands on a scene will bring the picture to life. You won’t need to capture movement as a hand means action. Try it and tell me how wonderful it is.
4. Textures: cloths, kitchen towels and surfaces
Plain surfaces are boring and won’t tell anything. Try to look for irregular surfaces, with textures or motives (wood, marble, stone…). Anyways, cloths and kitchen towels will be your best friends if you are force to work in a plain surface.
Nevertheless, I have a huge collection of cloths and towels and, even when I have an interesting surface, I try to use them to make things more interesting.
5. Mood Board
Everyone knows that the most important thing in photography is light; mainly because if there’s no light, there’s no photo. But let’s not leave colours behind.
Thinking about a colour is important; make a colour palette with the tones you want to use and that will help you to build your style and to choose props and atrezzo.
Make a Pinterest board with all the pictures that you can find that fits the colour palette you have chosen. It will help you to create an image in your head of what you want to accomplish with your photos.
Here’s one mood board I have created for you to get an idea of what I mean.