Tips on Food Photography


UPDATE: I just found an app called “Booster” that’s a camera app, similar to that on the iPhone, which allows you numerous editing options! I can’t wait to start using it! Now I won’t be posting such dark pics! LOL

So far, we’ve shared Foodspotting tips from restaurant professionals. All of their advice has been awesome, but we wanted to bring in a different kind of food-pro perspective for the third round of tips. Mee-Sun Yuk is the Senior Product Manager for iOS at OpenTable. When she isn’t working on the incredibly cool iOS 7 OpenTable app, Mee-Sun is cooking, eating and discovering all kinds of amazing dishes. Her passion for both technology & food shines through in her photography and in this set of tips.

1. Choose your seat wisely

You can improve the quality of your food photos even before the food comes out. The best food photos benefit from more natural light, so I always request a table by a window if possible. Also, try to make sure you’re not sitting in between the light and your table, or you’ll end up with some shadowy shots.

2. Find a new perspective

Remember that you’re not confined to your seat and your beeline view of the dish. Move your hand position with each photo you take to see what makes the food look the most delicious. It takes some practice with aim, but try raising your camera up and over dishes to get a birds’ eye view.

3. Get handsy

Sometimes your friends may be impatient to start eating, so use it to your advantage. Get an action shot of how people interact with the dish – especially for dishes that you can really play with, like noodles or meat grilled at the table.

4. Put together the perfect bite

A great way to get creative (and hungry!) is to grab your fork and dive in. Focusing the camera on a close up bite brings a great contrast with the rest of the photo. It can also help you show more detail about the dish than you would normally.


I’ll keep looking for tips on food photography and pass them along.

By-the-way, I just installed the food spotting app on my phone and it’s pretty cool.

Food Photography in Restaurants


I’m at a loss for how to take photos of food with my phone while dining in a limited lighting, fine dining establishment. I was using the flash on my phone, but the photos came out overexposed. I’ve tried it without the flash and the photos are too dark. I’m trying to be somewhat discreet and don’t want every course to look like a photo shoot. What shall I do? I take photos, write blogs, post to twitter and Facebook all via my phone. Is there a way to solve this dilemma? Or, do I need to make the adjustments on my laptop? Also, how do I upload a picture to twitter from my iPhone? Anybody?