FOOD PHOTO TIPS – no, not from me, from a pro

Kyonne Leyser shows us how it's done.

Kyonne Leyser shows us how it’s done.

Put a plate of food in front of the modern diner and before the presentation is disturbed, out comes the smartphone and the meal is shared with the world. With a few simple changes, most of those shots could be a whole lot better.

At the fabulous Food Unplugged event in Ede*, Nederland’s ‘City of Taste’, a workshop on smartphone photography with professional food shooter Kyonne Leyser was possibly the most popular event.

I picked up some tips and tried to put them into practice immediately.

Tip 1. Concentrate on the food, cutting out extraneous background unless it’s interesting.

Our plate of savouries on the table...

Our plate of savouries on the table…

...and with the table and background cropped out.

…and with the table and background cropped out.

Tip 2. Don’t be afraid of the square shot.

The desserts look fabulous...

The desserts look fabulous…

...but even better shot like this.

…but even better like this.

Tip 3. Get in close

Asparagus

Broad beans

Kreeft

Kreeft
Tip 4. Kitchen shots are sometimes better in black and white.

Here are out chefs doing their thing, but the eye is drawn to the colour of the food.

Here are our chefs doing their thing, but the eye is distracted by the colour of the food.

This shows the care and concentration better.

This shows their care and concentration better.

There were other tips I’m yet to try, particularly those requiring editing with Instagram. I’ll get cracking on that soon and post some results.

Meanwhile we happy 600 guests were kept busy with lectures and workshops on salmon smoking, fermentation, game preparation and baking…

Celebrity baker Edwin Klaasen shares his craft.

Celebrity baker Edwin Klaasen shares his craft.

Salmon smoking in the boxes we made ourselves.

Salmon smoking in the boxes we made ourselves.

5.30. Time for a G and T prepared by a master.

5.30. Time for a G and T prepared by a master.

…and then it was dinner time.

Food Unplugged crowd.

Food Unplugged crowd.

Thanks again, friend Carla for taking us there, Kyonne Leyser for the workshop and the whole Food Unplugged team for a wonderful event, which I heartily recommend to anyone interested in taking food and taste seriously. Long may it continue!

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.food-unplugged.com. It’s in Dutch, but there are lots of photos.

*Ede’s population is something over 108,000, not the mere 10,000 I credited them with in last year’s Food Unplugged blog post. Thanks for the correction, and apologies to the 98,000 people who missed out.

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8 responses to “FOOD PHOTO TIPS – no, not from me, from a pro

  1. I have to confess that I have never really understood why people take pictures of their food!

    • It’s like taking photos of art, Andrew. If it already looks good, it’s not so hard to take a satisfying shot.

      Sharing food photos on Facebook attracts a lot of ‘likes’ – almost as many as shots of kittens.

  2. Everybody has to eat, maybe that is what interests us all.

  3. Great shots Richard! Food photos as good as these make me want to dive in.

  4. Carla Baas

    Great story. It was a pleasure to join you and Mrs. T

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