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6 Food Photography Basics

Learn six basics of food photography from professional photographer Chris Ryan in this Howcast video.


My name is Chris Ryan. I'm a photographer. We're here at my studio, Chris Ryan Photography, in northwest Portland. If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my website at, or if you'd like to follow my daily activities, go to my Facebook page, Chris Ryan Photography in Portland, Oregon. Today, I'm going to talk to you about studio photography. Food photography basics. The basics of food photography are even light, a neutral background, and some sort of shallow depth of field. Selecting your focus on the important part of the plate. And, that's, you know, another one of these basics is finding that face. If it doesn't have an obvious face or front, then take some time to rotate the plate. See which side looks best. Typically, you light it evenly. Often times, food lighting is natural lighting. Ideal is good window light. And then bouncing that window light back to the other side of the plate to fill it. And then, again, selecting your focus in a way that still implies that there's more there. So you don't wanna completely crush out the rest of the plate. But you do want that depth of field to softly fall off into the background.

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