10 Do's for foodstyling

Do you like to be in the kitchen and do you want to capture your creations on film? Then your dishes must of course look as lovely and tasty as possible. In this article, we give you 10 Do's for foodstyling to get you off to a flying start.

Contrast | Playfull | Dish up | Finishing touch | Taste sensation| Deep-fried or fried | Props | Fresh | Simplicity | Serve

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1 Ensure contrast

An orange pumpkin soup in a black bowl with green pumpkin seeds, or a scoop of pale yellow lemon ice-cream in a pink dish with a sprig of mint; there is a clear connection between colours and taste sensations. Applying colour contrast to your photos is a good way of ensuring palatable pictures. So think carefully in advance about what garnishing and colour of dishes you will use.

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2 It does not need to be very neat

Sometimes the beauty of a taste is in the texture, or in the pureness of particular ingredients. For instance, a home-made pesto. You may want to show that it contains fresh basil or parmesan. Try to experiment by processing the final product and ingredients in a playful way in the image.

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3 Dish up tastefully

Some dishes look even better from inside than outside. For instance, sweet or savoury tarts with a layered structure, or a lovely quiche, Cut these dishes so that the inside is visible and you can also see all the layers of the final product. This results in extra tasty photos.

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4 The garnishing is the finishing touch

When you photograph a dish from above, it is worth thinking about the garnishing. So produce those croutons, pine nuts, lemon slices or coarse grains of salt. And no worries if a part falls over the edge of the chopping board or plate, this just adds a playful and dynamic effect.


5 Think on the basis of the main taste sensation

What makes the dish so tasty exactly? Is that the juiciness of a piece of meat, the crunchiness of a roll or the sweetness of strawberries? Identify where the taste sensation of your dish comes from and make sure that that element is visible in your photos. If necessary, enhance this a bit with a few drops of extra olive oil or pepper.


6 Deep-fried or fried

Some dishes just happen to look much better and tastier when they are cooked than when they are raw. For instance, fish or dishes that you have to deep-fry, So keep the cooking process in mind when you take photographs, but do not forget that it can also be fun and original to record the various phases of the cooking.


7 Get those props out of the cupboard

Your dish looks top, that is great! But also think about what else you want to have in your photo. For instance, do you have a nice tablecloth or napkins, tasteful cutlery, beautiful candles, or a lovely cruet set which fit very well within the whole? Take them out of the cupboard and use them for your photos.

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8 The fresher, the better

Fresh ingredients not only add something extra to the taste of your dishes, but also to your photos. Perhaps it is obvious to you as a cooking fan, but also make sure that you work with fresh ingredients when you are going to take photographs. For instance, avoid wilted sprigs of dill or shrivelled and dented fruit in your photos.

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9 Simplicity and purity

While taking photographs, do not forget to take a step back now and again to look properly and critically at your composition. Food photography must of course in the first instance be about the dish. So where possible and necessary, try to apply the 'less is more' principle and make sure that the focus continues to lie on the food.

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10 Serve it!

Very nice of course, those photos of the final result. You could almost forget that you are not just a photographer, but have probably spent the whole day enjoying cooking as well. So be in the photo yourself with your dish or put yourself in the picture in a subtle way while you put the finishing touches to your creation.

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