- Choose a simple, plain background or tablecloth. You don't
want to distract from your food.
- Use natural lighting, if possible, such as next to a sunlight
window. If you can't use natural light, set up bright lights
pointed towards your dish. The harsh lights of your flash makes
unappealing shiny areas in your photo.
- If you can't use natural lighting, use the white balance
setting on your camera, or adjust the color in a photo program
- Use a tripod if you have one. If not, rest your elbows on
something stable. It's very easy to get a blurry image in a low
- Take lots of pictures and use different angles such as from
the top, level with the dish, or maybe even a dynamic angle shot.
Use your zoom and see how it looks up close. You can even zoom
really close with your macro setting. You may be surprised with
- Work quickly so that whipped cream and fresh foods, such as
lettuce, don't begin to wilt.
- To make a dish appear to be hot and steamy, soak cotton
balls in water and microwave them. You'll get about a minute of
steam. Or you can blow cigarette smoke through a straw placed
behind the food. Again you'll have to work quickly!
- Garnish your dish with colorful fruits and vegetables. Garnish
plain brown gravies and white sauce dishes with a sprig of parsley
or a slice of orange.
- Make sure all the spills and smudges are wiped clean.
Vacation Rental Owners
- Be sure to include a shot of the living room, kitchen, a
bedroom, and an outdoor shot. Everyone is interested in these
- When shooting outside, try changing your white balance setting
from auto to cloudy. This adds a mild warming filter on your
camera. It increases the reds and yellows resulting in richer,
- Use your flash. Even outdoors on a sunny day, some foreground
areas are darkened by the bright sunlight. Your flash will lighten
them up nicely.
- Remember to hold the camera level. Try lining up on something
in the picture that is vertical. If taking a landscape picture,
make the horison level.
- Watch your borders of what you see through the camera's
viewfinder. Do you see anything unattractive such as telephone
wire, an old can, a distracting sign, your finger, or your camera
strap - hanging into your picture?
- If you have a business with high action activities take photos
of customers in action. Get in close. Zoom in on their excited
faces. Select the Sport setting on your camera to stop action
- If your activities are indoors try the different light
settings on your camera (daylight, incandescent (tungsten) and
fluorescent) to see which produce the best results.
- Timing is important, too. If you can't anticipate when to
shoot, try your camera on the Series setting. This setting will
take a series of shots until you release the button. This way you
can't miss the moment.
- Watch your background. Try not to get distracting elements in
Gift Shops, Museums, Galleries, etc.
- Make sure to include the outside of your business. Visitors
will recognize it immediately when they see it in person.
- Take inside photos while there are a few customers in your
- Include single item pictures of your trademark items.
- Although an empty store looks neat, it doesn't look popular.
Display a single item with a neutral backdrop and light shadow. It
makes the items appear bigger than if the background was an