Food Photography Made Easy by Chef Vosgien

Food Photo by Chef Jean-Louis Vosgien

If you’re a beginning photographer who wants to bite into food photography, here’s a good place to start. Chef Jean-Louis Vosgien of Saint Tropez is graciously sharing his tips on how to shoot culinary photographs.

He says the LCD screen in today’s digital camera is a great tool, making it a lot easier for shooting food than looking through the lens. But for composing the picture, nothing beats tethered shooting, connecting the camera to a computer with a big screen display. This makes composition extremely precise and much easier.

And mind your background, Jean-Louis says; it could be a natural background or whatever you want to appear in the picture. A strong sheet of white or colored paper may help in some situations.

Get near a window for lighting if you don’t have a light box. And shoot steady. Use a tripod to stabilize the camera. If you don’t have a tripod, use that little bag of flour or rice for the camera to sit on. Chef Vosgien has his culinary photos posted here.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.