Thanksgiving is one of the highlights of the year. We spend time with loved ones while getting to stuff our faces with a delicious holiday feast! What better way to remember these moments than by taking drool-worthy photos of all the food for your family album or social media posts? After all, if there’s one thing that today’s generation loves about food it’s taking pictures of it. Here are a couple of easy tips and tricks for taking memorable and hunger-inducing food photos during your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.
The best lighting will always be natural light. If you’re having Thanksgiving before sunset, you’ll be able to take beautiful photos simply by placing the food right next to a window. If you’re having it later, it’s ideal to have diffused lighting to bring out the real colors of your dish while adding just enough warmth to make it look delectable. Just remember to use a flash diffuser
, bounce the light from a bright, neutral-colored ceiling, or from the wall on the side to create shadows that will give your subjects more dimension.
Make your food picture-perfect by trying to use neutral-colored tableware and placemats allowing the food to steal the show. Add some garlands or string lights to provide that holiday cheer to the dining area and to create a colorful bokeh. Garnish the food to add some visual impact and glaze the turkey with some oil to make it look tastier. Finally, minimize the clutter and clean up crumbs that may be distracting and you’ll be ready to snap and share your photos using the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera
Find the right angle
- Food photography is very similar to photographing people in a sense that each person has their best side. You can try shooting head on where the camera
is completely centered to the subject. From above when the camera
is positioned directly above the subject and perfectly centered makes for a nice shot. Tilting towards or away from the food gives a different perspective, and of course getting up close and personal really makes your mouth water.
Star of the show- Make sure you take a photo of the main attraction fresh from the oven, so that the skin is still beautifully crisp and glazed. Use an external flash
and bounce it from the ceiling or a wall to create flattering lighting. Show off the legs, either in front or towards the side. Finally, place the rest of the dishes around it to show the turkey’s size and to shoot the entire feast for a Thanksgiving table spread photo.
Feature family members- Thanksgiving is mostly about spending time with your loved ones, so don’t forget to feature them in your photos. Featuring people can make your food photos look more appealing and inviting while adding that personal touch. Don’t forget to get out from behind the camera by using your smartphone
as a camera remote to compose and snap shots from a distance with the Nikon D5600 Digital SLR Camera
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to take better photos of that beautifully roasted turkey, gorgeous table setting, and the holiday merriment that transpires throughout the feast.