How to take better food photographs in your kitchen

As a nation, we love taking photographs of our food to upload on social media. It’s a great way of sharing your food without having to give up any of your delicious treats.

Lots of us like to take photos of our food when we are out and about, but good quality photos can take your home cooking to the next level.

Here are some of our top tips for how to take the best food photos in your kitchen.

Follow the light

Light is your best friend when taking great photos. If you plan on becoming the David Bailey of Instagram food photography, then you should take the light into account when you plan your kitchen.

You shouldn’t be afraid of following the light around your kitchen. You might shy away from photographing your plate on the floor in a restaurant, but in your own kitchen you can experiment to get the perfect snap.

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Shoot in daylight

We can’t emphasise enough how important light is. It’s incredibly tough to get a great shot in the dark, especially if you are capturing on a smartphone.

As the nights begin the draw in it is worth doing some of your best cooking at breakfast or lunch time. Alternatively, you can invest in some great lighting for your kitchen (or if you are very serious, then consider a food photography lighting rig).


Great food photos come with practice. And the best way to practice is to experiment. Move your phone around and get lots of different angles on the same dish.

Sometimes your plate will look better from above. Other times a side on photo will show of the layers and texture of your food. Take a dozen different photos and swipe through to find the one you like the best.

Inject action for dynamic photos

Lots of photos on Instagram and other social media channels are flat. You can make yours stand out by injecting a little action into them.

If, for example, you are serving a roast dinner with gravy or a dessert with a chocolate sauce, you could try having a friend pour the sauce over the dish while you take the perfect photo. Be warned though, you might only have one chance to get the picture right.

Dress your table

Sometimes, foods look great up close, but it can be difficult to get a good photo this way. Dress your table up with a tablecloth, underplates, cutlery and other interesting features and take a step back to add a sense of space and vibe to your kitchen. Features that show off the personality of your kitchen can help inject some of your personality into your social media feed. We believe that granite countertops are perfect for injecting a slice of glamour into your online life.

Take a bite

Don’t be afraid of playing with your food. Make sure you get one or two photos when you first make the food, but you can add some personality to your dish by taking a bite, cutting a slice or letting the egg yolk run a little bit.

This helps people imagine they are enjoying the dish along with you.

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