With its differing ingredients, food is one of the most difficult things to take good photos of. Consider a plate of spaghetti — it could be made with hand-crafted pasta milled from organic wheat, topped with a sauce containing the finest heirloom tomatoes. But with bad lighting, the wrong color background, and poor focus — it might look like something straight from a high school cafeteria.And then there’s the details. What do you want to highlight in each dish? In my research for this post, I came across quite a few BBQ websites with closeups of knives cutting into meat that look like something from a medical textbook.
Sometimes less detail is better. With a bit of research and practice, an amateur photographer can step up their food-photography game. But if the budget exists, hiring a professional who specializes in food photography is the best way to go.