We know that getting your picture just right takes a bit of know-how and a lot of practice. With that in mind we thought we’d put together a few tips and tricks for you, with help from some of our talented blogger friends.
Natural light.Pamela (you may know her better as SpamellaB) says: ‘The main and perhaps most obvious tip for getting a good photo is to use natural light, so try and find a space in your house or flat that allows for some daylight to come in while snapping photos of food. If you need extra help, you can buy large sheets of white card from art shops which are great for positioning around the subject of the photo and helps to bounce/create light. Autumn and winter make it more of a challenge to shoot – especially if you work full time and only have mornings and evenings to take photos! So why not wait until the weekend and make use of the light then?’
Seek the simplicity.We also chatted to Amie who says less is more. ‘Don’t overcrowd your photo with props. By all means use props to make a photo look well-dressed but generally less is better when it comes to taking photos, especially of recipes and food! You want the product you’re taking a photo of to stand out and be the centre of attention.’
Rearrange.If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again! One of our flat lay favourites, Hannah, says the key to the perfect pic is to rearrange and edit. ‘The first time you lay things out it might not look quite right so don’t expect your first shot to be the final one. Take a few pictures, check how they look, then rearrange and try again before you find the best layout. This might mean adding a few items in or taking some out, playing around with the angles of your items and even the height you take it from. Once you’ve got a photo you’re happy with then edit it! Editing can make a huge difference and, like shooting, it’ll take a few goes to make it perfect.’
Background.To get a consistent look and feel across your pictures, experiment with backgrounds and colours to figure out your style. Maria opts for natural stone tiles with slightly varying shades so that all of her images have a similar vibe. She also tends to go for foods and props that are cooler in colour (think blues and purples) and when the shot is too warm or red, she’ll adjust in the editing stage to get the right look.
Ready to put these helpful hints to good use?Enter our Mugshot Competition! We’re asking you to share your beautiful Autumnal coffee pictures with us for a chance to win an awesome hamper of coffee and other goodies. So far, we’ve been super impressed with all the entries. Keep them coming! Our Autumn winner will be announced on the 30th of November.
To see more from these lovely ladies, check out their pages: Pamela, Amie, Hannah and Maria.