Last Updated on May 17, 2021
When was the last time you saw succulent berries on a magazine and found yourself make a beeline to the grocery to get some? Or what about those tempting cakes off a blog that has got you craving for a slice? Food photography should have that effect. With the right skills and setting, you can get people’s mouths to water at first sight.
It’s not always about an expensive camera. Entry-level DSLRs should do the trick, especially for beginners who still need to find their footing. Even a phone camera will work, as long as you’re armed with the right skills. One of the best things to always have at your disposal however, is a tripod. Invest in one and you can take those overhead and still shots with ease.
One of the more important things to keep in mind when shooting pictures of food is how to make it look real and almost within your reach. In this case, a bit of imperfection helps. Say you’re cutting cake for a shot and several crumbs fall out. Don’t brush it away just yet. Look through your lens and see how it makes the cake all the more delectable.
Details matter. Everything from the cutlery, the tablecloth, to the plate, all add a subconscious effect on the viewer that you may not be aware of at first as a photographer. It pays to be prepared before the food comes out. Pick out the cutlery, tablecloth, and plates you will need for the shot.
Props help, too. Want to make that tart look homemade? Add fruits to the side for an authentic feel. Need to make a picture appear like it’s autumn season already? A few dried leaves here and there should do the trick. Always carry several props with you. You never know when you will pass by a beautiful food stall or a fruit garden.
Hungry for free food pictures? You’ve come to the right place.
Free Food Pictures
Making chutney on a stone plate in a Nepali village.
Thai street food delicacy. A gummy bear dish inside a big bowl.
Salmon sushi for sale at a Thai night market.
Cream-filled donuts with powdered sugar and a jelly on top.
Close-up shot of delicious pieces of chicken on a stick.
Pork salad in a food container for sale at the Phantip night market in Thailand.
Close-up shot of grilled pork sticks for sale at a Thai night market.
Oven baked mini pizzas for sale at the Phantip night market.
Close-up shot of wooden sticks full with grilled banana slices.
Chocolate sponge cake with pieces of banana in it.
Fried fast food stacked at an outdoor stand at the Phantip night market.
Man cooking shrimp at an outdoor food stand in the Phantip night market in Thailand.
Stacked grilled fish displayed for sale at a night market in Thailand.
Roasted ducks for sale at a night market in Koh Phangan.
Fresh pizza with melted cheese, olives, and dry mushrooms.
Beautiful ice cream with matcha powder and matcha cream on top.
Woman putting a shaved ice cream dessert on a plate.
Close-up shot of a beautiful looking cheesecake with matcha.
Green, perfectly shaped ice cream with people in the background.
Delicious pork slices on the grill at the Chiang Mai Night Market.
Close-up shot of a man cooking eggs at a night market food stand.
Traditional Indian fried dessert left to dry on a rack.
Man whipping up a quick meal inside a kitchen in Manali, India.
Street noodles and salad being put in a plastic container.
Street vendor selling different kinds of corn.