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3 Common Mistakes Restaurateurs make Photographing Food

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If you want to be practical, you can say that it’s easy to take photos of your own food. What makes food photography hard is exactly what makes you stand out from the rest – making these photos good and high quality.

Here are three common mistakes that we’ve seen when people engage photo shoots of their food.

 

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#1 Not engaging a food stylist

There’s no use in having a shoot with great camera equipment, lighting and props, when the star of the show isn’t dressed it’s best.

We hear many of our client’s concerns when they engage a food photographer. Most of these concerns are based out of fear that the kitchen team is not prepared, or do not have the skillset to prepare food for the camera.

We suggest engaging a team with an experienced food stylist onboard, or at least an art director thats familiar with food stylingt to take the anxiety out of the photography session.

#2 Not looking for good props

A cheat code in having a great shoot is behind the props and the layout of the background. One way to cut costs and make things easier for you is to have a corporate account under your company’s name with various food service partners and suppliers.

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#3 Worrying about portioning


The essence of photography is to capture the best of your food. Other elements come to play, of course. There’s laying out the background, lighting and other photography fundamentals. But representing your food best remains paramount. This means that not all the laws of reality apply in capturing that. More often than not, people stray away from that by wanting to keep the authenticity of how the food will be served, to the point where they compromise the art and direction of the photography.

We’re not saying you should use a picture of italian gelato topped with edible 24k gold flakes to advertise your ice kachang, what we mean is that it’s not always necessary to shoot your food with red plastic bags if you use them for takeaways.

 

We’re always here to help!

We are a professional food photography studio in Singapore. We’ve photographed for some of the most prestigious brands in hospitality! We’d love to start a conversation with you if you need help!

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