There is more detail and technical skill to an excellent food photograph than any casual Pinterest browser could ever fathom. Styling, lighting, assembly, perspective, editing.
A good book on food photography is Food Photography: from Snapshots to Great Shots, part of a series I’ve really enjoyed.
This photo was taken during my lunch break in natural light. I tried on one side of the house and didn’t love it. I tried on the other side of the house next to the window and didn’t love it. Finally, I abandoned the mission of capturing the perfect photograph of my lunch and decided to eat my lunch instead.
Photography is trial and error. Even the professionals have to try several set-ups and lighting arrangements. It’s not casually assembling a plate and snapping a photo or two. It’s calculating your best light, the best angle, the prettiest composition, and the cleverest styling arrangement to produce a well-balanced and interesting photo.
My original blog topic idea – making hummus party perfect – is this simple trick: drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle with paprika for a pretty detail.