Taking mouthwatering shots for an awesome artisan meal is fun and exciting. A food photographer uses the photos to build his database for future references. It is amazing how cookbooks and recipes accompany their content with beautiful pictures of mouthwatering shots. It leaves you with the urge to prepare the same meal at home or visit the restaurant to enjoy the artisan meal.

Here are some of the tips for getting the right snapshots

Maintain the natural beauty of the meal

Before you take the snapshot, ensure you have adequate lighting, the environment surrounding you is comfortable and camera that got the best features for shooting . Lighting has a positive impact on the overall look of the food. Outdoor photography is ideal, but if you are taking it in an enclosed environment, open the windows and draw curtains for adequate lighting. If you cannot get the natural light, use electricity as well as input flash settings on your camera to offer the necessary lighting.

Table setting accessories

Ensure napkins, fork, and spoon are placed strategically in the foreground or background before you take the photograph. It reduces clutter and widens the view of the meal. It also creates an organized setting in line with hospitality procedures. Apart from accessories, also check on the arrangement of the food. The serving should have the right color blend. Foods with various colors on the plate mean various ingredients enhancing appetite to the consumer depicted in the photograph as well.

Take the shot immediately

Food is attractive immediately served. Once it takes time, it loses its natural visual taste due to temperature differences. Look at the ice, within minutes it melts hence not giving the right shot. Take the photograph immediately it is brought to the table. That means you should set up your camera and the table prior so that you are able to take the snapshot as soon as the food arrives on the table.


In most cases, the best food shot is done either when you are the same level with the camera or slightly below but not high above. Food snapshots have different functions they represent. When you take the meal from a higher position it turns to be an aerial photograph which some of the features may be distorted. The oblique photograph is the best; remember you are not only portraying the food but also the environment and other accessories.


To get the right shot like the ones in recipes and cookbooks, add some style effects on the food to enhance its physical appearance. Just the same way you put your stuff in place before you take your own picture, do the same to the meal. Remove overflowing meal on the plates, drops overs among other stuff, which might spoil the appearance.

Food stylist advises addition of steam to the meal by being creative. Take the snapshot when the meal is still hot, it brings a pleasant effect. Taking snapshots of mouthwatering dishes requires experience and creativity. The effort depends on the purpose of the snapshots.