Food: 7 tips for successfully taking great food photos with your iPhone


Food photography is sometimes an art and making a dish as appetizing and aesthetic as it really is is not always easy. But in reality, few means are enough to optimize the aesthetic quality of your photos as much as possible when you have an iPhone. Here are some tips gleaned from food photographer Philippe Martineau at Victor Mercier’s FIEF (Fait Ici En France) restaurant for getting your food photos right. The dishes offered by the Top Chef 2018 finalist, who has just obtained a star in the Michelin Guide, set the bar very high with their originality and diversity, which open up endless aesthetic possibilities. An experience from which we remember that everything or almost lies in the look and patience since it is a matter of combining fine observation and creativity. 1. Determine the brightness Light is an essential element in the quality of your food photos. Choosing the brightest spot will put the odds in your favor. For example, if you go to the restaurant for lunch, it will be wiser to reserve the table near the window. You can also rely on your iPhone’s automatic settings. The iPhone 13 Pro’s HDR, for example, is always active and knows how to handle the highlights while revealing details in the shadows. 2. Once the brightness is determined, find its source and direction. If you eat at a table under a “shower” light, that is, placed directly above you, it will be difficult to take a good “top view” photo because you will cast your shadow on the plate. Then it’s about letting your creativity speak and finding other interesting angles. If you have an iPhone 13, its three optics will be of great help. 3. Use the different functions of your iPhone in the right way. The wide angle allows you to play with perspectives, for example, to give an original rendering, with close-ups very present and backgrounds very far away. The iPhone 13 Pro also has the “Macro” function, which allows you to maintain maximum detail while you are very close to your dish. Focus is also important to determine to control depth of field, and very simple to ask your iPhone since it’s all about touching the screen. Other features exist, such as the Portrait feature, which can be skewed and used for your dishes to blur backgrounds. 4. Stabilize your lens It’s an obvious thing to remember: the more stable you are, the sharper and sharper your photo will be. 5. Think about decorating the plate For a cleaner, even professional look, you can think about “tidying up” your table by getting rid of unattractive elements that can be removed from the frame. You can also make videos, videos do the trick too, for example for an Instagram story. The iPhone’s slow-motion feature allows you to play with speed and change the view of a moving object (for example, when you pour a sauce on your plate). Cinematic mode on the iPhone 13 Pro should also be used for an almost professional rendering. 7. Clean your phone Finally, it seems useless to remind you but we do it anyway because we all forget: it is absolutely necessary to clean your lenses before taking photos or videos. In the same kind of obvious but very effective trick, consider turning up your screen brightness to maximum to better distinguish the image and turning on the grid overlay to enhance your frames.
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