One of the greatest pleasures of cooking a delicious meal is in the eating of it. I'm not denying that. There's not much that's better than being able to taste all the different composite parts of a dish and recognise how a combination of ingredients can create specific flavours on your palate. That, however, is a very personal experience. If you want to be able to share some of the pleasure of your cooking with someone that's not sitting down to that meal with you then the best way to do that is by taking a sexy photo.
Yes, you can complain all you like about those people who take a photo of their food and post it online but you know what? I’m one of "those people" and I’m pretty sure that you’re one of "those people", too. If you’re not: well, why not? Photographing your food is a great way to document your own cooking journey and being able to look back on all the delicious meals you’ve cooked previously can be a great way of gaining inspiration for future dishes. Taking a good photo of your food, though, is no mean feat. Your Instagram feed is probably chocked with beautiful photos of soups and decadent cheese pulls and seeing all those top shots can make you feel daunted to throw your own hat into the mix.
We’re obviously fairly well-experienced in the world of food photography but to help you figure out how to take the perfect food photo, we’ve enlisted the help of some of the UK’s best food stylists, photographers, and recipe developers. All of these talented people have been kind enough to share their top tips with you, the MOB, to help you take your food photography to the next level. Here’s a few of the essential tips for taking better photos of your food.