At this time of year, food photography is a great idea as there will be Christmas feasts, snacks and desserts galore, everywhere you look. Here are some top tips for great food photography:
Familiarise yourself - When it comes to food photography, especially if you're quite new to photography, make sure you take a look at some food magazines and food photography blogs to get a feel for the genre. Not all styles of photography will work with food, and so it's good to have a grounding in what will look great, and what won't.
Experiment with different angles - The generic angle of looking down onto food is often not the most flattering option and so using a macro lens to get in close, and finding an angle that works for your food is a good idea. Try shooting at the food's level, or look straight down onto the food if you want the whole plate to be in focus.
Focus on one part - Often food photos will look great if one part is focussed on, and the rest is thrown nicely out of focus. On an iced cake, for example, try focusing on one decoration or peak around the edge. This will allow the intricate detail of the icing be seen, and also create a larger than life feel as the rest of the cake fills the frame.
Compose the image well - As with all photos it's important to compose the shot well. You don't want distractions in the background, so if you can, shoot against a plain background and fill as much of the shot as possible with the food. Try serving your food on a smaller plate than usual, as this will make the food look more inviting and will minimise empty space on the plate.
All about the lighting - Lighting can make or break a food photo. Often, food will look at its best shot using natural light, so try setting up near a window to bathe the food in natural light. Experiment with moving the food and the camera into different positions to get the light to cast exactly how you want it on the food, and don't be afraid to reshoot lots until you get an image that you're happy with.