What I Learned In My First Food Photography Class #CBias #Social Fabric

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Today marks that last day of our 6 week Food Photography with Sony class.  We had a few hiccups along the way with the platform we were using but technical issues aside, this class rocked!  When I first began blogging, I had hopes of starting a food blog but knew in order to have a successful one, my pictures would need to be better than good, they needed to make you want to eat what you saw on the screen before you even knew what it was.  I’m happy to say with what I learned in my first food photography class has taken me one step closer to that food blog!

Recognize this picture? Yes, it's my Scottish Eggs!

What exactly did I learn in this class?

First and foremost, food photography is NOT easy.  You’re dealing with a subject that melts, dries out, loses it’s form, gets eaten (yes, I did have one of my subjects eaten by a toddler before I could photograph it), etc.  For those food photographers that I adore such as White on Rice Couple, Pinch of Yum and so many more, I am impressed that each photograph is unique and represents the food they have created.

Good, natural light is key.  If you don’t have a house with good natural light, move.  No seriously, move outside, move to a room you would never think to take pictures in or move to a different part of that room.  I found that taking pictures in the family room downstairs produced a different look than in the kitchen directly above it!  Never use your flash.  Create a lightbox if you have to, just don’t flash!

Even great photos need editing.  There are several different programs out there: Photoshop, Pixlr and PicMonkey just to name a few.  How many times have you taken a great picture only to realize there was a drop of water on your plate or a drop of water on your cup?  There are many ways to enhance a photograph with software but know that a great photo will only need minimal editing.  If you’re completely changing the photograph, then maybe it wasn’t so great after all.

See that drop of water?

Your mom might not agree but to make pictures more interesting visually, don’t center your subject.  I think anyone who is remotely interested in photography has heard about the rule of thirds.  By using this rule, you draw attention to the areas where the eye naturally focuses, creating interest.  Be aware of the different angles you can use to shoot your photos.  By simply tilting your camera a little bit can completely change your photo.


Learn the technical side of your camera.  Words like aperature, depth of field and tungston might seem foreign now but the more you experiment with the settings on your camera (read: quit shooting in auto), the more you’ll be able to control the outcome of your photo.

Finally, practice, practice, practice!  With anything, the more you do it, the better you become.  I find that it’s not easy to practice food photography.  It takes planning, preparation and the willingness to try different things but let me tell you, when you get that one good shot, it’s worth it all!

A huge thank you to Social Fabric University and Sony for providing this class!



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Mom. Blogger. Runner. Hiker. Insomniac. Not necessarily in that order.


  1. Love these tips! I’ve been trying to practice a few of them and am known for bringing my plate of food outside before sitting down for dinner with the family…

  2. Sarah,
    You’ve inspired me again with this photo class. Where did you take it?
    Love your photos! They are really clean and speak to me.
    Worth every minute you learned at this class!

  3. This post was very helpful as I need to learn to take better photos for my blog, and my family also! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. This is definitely a great information shared and I guess a lot of people would benefit from this.. Anyway, thanks a lot!

  5. Pinky Sade says:

    Great tips. And that last photo, YUMMY!

  6. Great advice and photos! I have enjoyed your posts!

  7. These are amazing tips. I do a lot of recipes on my website, but my photos are no where near where I want them. Can’t wait to try these tips out!

  8. Food has always been a really hard one for me to photograph well – I should have taken this class!! Thanks for sharing your tips though – super helpful 🙂

  9. Ooh…I would have loved to take a class like this…I had no idea! Your photos are fab BTW

  10. Tamra H says:

    What a great idea for a class! I’m still trying to get the hang of my camera for “normal” photos – food photography does seem more difficult! You’re doing great 🙂

  11. Bethany B says:

    Great tips and the pictures are looking great!

  12. Love this idea for a class. This is something that my husband and I find challenging, taking pictures of food. And he knows our digital slr better than I do.

  13. Your photos look amazing. Great job, sounds like a real helpful class.


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