Food Photography: Take a Bite!

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:24+00:00 February 3rd, 2010|6 Comments

4327770677_32fb3ba3ed_oCanon 7D, Canon 24-105 ƒ/4L IS lens, 1/30th sec @ƒ/4, ISO 100

When it comes to food photography crisp, clean images are always nice, but sometimes it’s good to mess it up a bit. Get some crumbs on the plate, use that fork/spoon/knife and make the image look like it’s being enjoyed. There are ways to do this and still make the image look tasty.

I am very particular about the styling in my images, so the placement of every crumb, garnish, or droplet was placed there either on purpose or was left in place because I noticed it and liked the way it looked. My ultimate goal is to make the image look like it wasn’t on purpose, but still look tasty enough to eat.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Ryan February 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Wow. I like everything about this. I love how the line of the fork draws you right to the first ready-to-eat bite. The colors are really nice as well. Great shot.

    Also, in honor of yesterdays Photofocus. I wanted to say thanks again for all the time and effort that you put into your craft, it shows. I really try to apply what you teach in these posts, and when I do, my shots are better because of the information that I have gotten. Not great, but better :)

  2. Britt Chudleigh February 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Great tips. Can’t wait to try them out. I just posted some food photography on my blog yesterday! Funny………and yummy.

  3. Gordon Jones February 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    The photo is great. The only change I would try is to not have the fork resting on the plate, but elevated so it looks like your taking the bite.

  4. Trent February 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I agree with Gordon. Other than that, it looks great.

  5. David February 5, 2010 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Good tips. Sometimes food photography is too clean. This has a nice lifestyle look.

  6. ButterYum February 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I have to admit, I struggle with always expecting my food photo shots to be spotless, but I truly do like seeing other people’s pics that include crumbs and such.

    I’m new to photography and have been learning on my own, but I’m really glad I stumbled upon this blog.


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