Why do we take pictures of food? We love the food itself; we want to make our dieting Instagram/Facebook friends cry a little; we like taking pictures, etc. The list goes on. In any case, we want these pictures to look ahhmazing. How do you do that when you're in a dark, dimly lit restaurant, with a dark chocolate cake? Simple. Here are the rules:
- Never, ever use flash. Amateur flash (the kind that most of us have on our cameras or phones) does very little to enhance the beauty of a picture. It really just does a good job exposing the subject. Very Zero Thirty like - this is no bueno for your food shots.
- Use props: use the candles, silverware, and drinks on your table to your advantage. Setup props several dimensional layers deep.
- It takes two: you're likely out and eating with someone else, have them help you.
- Download a flashlight app: not only does this app (I have the generic "Flashlight" on my iPhone) help you locate your keys in a ginormous bag, it also provides the right lighting for a dark situation. Have your dining buddy hold the flashlight high above the subject, and snap your picture!