Best Artificial Lights for Food Photography

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of food photography. While natural light is often considered the ‘holy grail’ when it comes to food photography, it is unpredictable. You can’t control the weather, the clouds, or the sunlight, so while natural light produces some beautiful photos, reliable natural light for the length of your shoot can be hard to come by.

Artificial lighting gives you flexibility, control, and consistency that you just can’t get when you’re working with and relying on… the sun! Particularly if you are photographing in the winter, on nights and weekends, live in a cloudy or rainy climate, or live someplace without many windows, artificial lighting is a necessity when it comes to food photography.

One of the biggest barriers to getting started with artificial lighting is the equipment. Which artificial lights are the best? Are there any affordable options? What other materials do you need? Curious to answer these questions and learn more about choosing the best artificial lights for food photography? We’re breaking it all down below!

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7 Food Photography Tips for Beginners

We all know that photography is an essential part of food blogging and social media, but it can be overwhelming when you’re just starting out. Expensive equipment! Complicated editing programs! Lighting! That’s why we’ve compiled seven affordable and easy food photography tips for beginners that will help get you started on your food photography journey.

Because you know the old adage, “We eat with our eyes”? Well… it’s true! I know that when I’m looking for a recipe to make, I’ll only consider it if the photos are mouthwatering.

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Best Photography Backdrops for Food Bloggers

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A few months ago, we chatted all about the best props for food photography, and now we want to turn our attention to another important photography element: backdrops!

When it comes to taking mouthwatering food photos, it’s really important to create a compelling visual scene, and a great backdrop can make a huge difference.

There are many types of backdrops you can use for your food photos, and we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites, as well as where you can buy them, in this post. Alternatively, you could also consider making your own backdrops, so we’ll share all our best tips and tricks on how to do that as well!

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Best Props for Food Photography and How to Use Them

We all know that food photography is an essential component of food blogging. Capturing mouthwatering, beautiful photos of your food is one of the best ways to promote your recipes and get readers to your website.

Plates, forks, bowls, napkins, mugs… the list of potential props in your food photographs goes on and on! These props help to create a story and set the mood in your photographs.

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Best Photo Size for a Food Blog

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One of the most common questions we get from food bloggers is something along the lines of, “How big should the images on my site be?”

It’s not too surprising –– you know that phrase, “You eat with your eyes”? Great photos are an essential part of any successful food blog, so it makes sense that bloggers are concerned with making sure that the photos on their sites are on their sites are the right size for their posts, Google, and site speed.

Image size may seem like a simple enough topic, but it’s actually a bit more nuanced than you may think!

So let’s dive into the beautiful world of food photo sizing.

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