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6 Top Tips On Photographing Food With Your Smartphone

Clever and inventive tips on how you can improve your food photography with your smartphone.

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You're sat in a restaurant, and your plate is placed in front of you with food on it that looks so good, you get your smartphone instead of reaching for your fork. It's something we've all done and with the popularity of the 'food' tag on websites such as Instagram, it's a photography genre that's only going to grow in popularity.  

With this in mind, the COOPH team are back with more top tips on how you can perfect your food photography when using a smartphone as your camera. The team break down the tutorial into 6 easy-to-follow sections and share some examples of their top food shots, too. 


'Take Control' is the first tip as many smartphones now offer manual controls or options for adjusting aperture (either manually or with a portrait mode) and this is exactly what the COOPH team do with their first shot to ensure all focus remains on their food. Other tips under this heading include switching to higher ISO settings when light levels are low.


Smartphone food photography


"Sometimes subtle changes on your phone or a unique angle are enough to present your food in a new light," The COOPH Team. 

Tip number two is 'the right light' and the COOPH team share a clever tip on how you can light your food without switching on your own smartphone's flash which will be way too strong and direct. Instead, they suggest you ask your friend to be your light source by switching on their smartphone's torch/flash and positioning light where it needs to be. 


Smartphone food photography


The third tip is all about getting closer to your subject so if your smartphone has a macro mode, switch it on. By doing so, you'll be able to capture much more detail without your photo going out of focus. You can also combine this with tip number four which is 'find a unique angle' and the COOPH team do this by flipping their smartphone upside down when photographing their fish course.


Smartphone food photography


'Focus' is the next tip on the list (tip number 5) and the COOPH team suggest you this manually (it's pretty easy to do on a smartphone as you just press the screen where you want the device to focus on). 

The sixth, and final, food photography tip is all about using props and the COOPH team can be seen using a glass as a lens to create a new perspective and they also use the glass as an additional light source. 


Smartphone food photography


For more food photography advice, have a look at our features/techniques and you can also take a look at our Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review - the smartphone the COOPH team use in the photography video tutorial.


Smartphone food photography


Smartphone food photography


All photos © COOPH.

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