A wooden stump, a cookie sheet and foamcore – and you can make great food photos with your iPhone

Jan 12, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

A wooden stump, a cookie sheet and foamcore – and you can make great food photos with your iPhone

Jan 12, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Do you take photos of food for your Instagram profile? If you do, you most likely do it with a smartphone. If you are into food photography (or just food), it’s good to know some tips and tricks how to make these food photos look their best.

In this video, Peter McKinnon shares some tips how to take great photos of food with your iPhone using mainly what you already have at home. He also suggests a couple of editing apps to make the photos even better.

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For starters, you need an improvised photo studio. The room with the most light is essential, and in peter’s case it’s the kitchen. Go by the window and put up your little “studio”. In Peter’s case, it includes a bucket of dog food, a book, a wine bottle, a wooden stump, a piece of foamcore and an old cookie sheet. Quite an odd combination, but this is how he uses it:

Put the food on the wooden stump and use the cookie sheet for background. As for the foamcore, it acts as a reflector. The combination of the wooden stump the old cookie sheet gives photos interesting, rustic look. And Peter suggests two apps that will help you enhance photos further: Snapseed and Lens Distortions. Of course, he uses Instagram to post photos, and here you can see the results:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BIBIOJqAbIr/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BH91PKLgBwc/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BO5jFrCAx-s/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BI8JFDjgvPb/

[Take BETTER SHOTS with your iPhone | Peter McKinnon]

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2 responses to “A wooden stump, a cookie sheet and foamcore – and you can make great food photos with your iPhone”

  1. Daniel Scott Avatar
    Daniel Scott

    It’s not really that strange – anyone who’s ever been on a film set or does foley work knows just how often you use “strange” items to get the desired results (snapping carrots for broken bones for eg)

  2. HenryH Avatar
    HenryH

    The baking sheet backdrop idea alone was worth the watching. Good stuff.