11 Great Camera Angles for Food Photography

Choosing the best angle, when shooting food, comes from a good observation and an inner feeling. Before composing your image, try to enter into a visual meditation, move calmly around your subject and simply observe with your bare eyes. Just keep in mind that this meditation cannot be long-lasting, as you know that freshly prepared food will not continue to maintain that “fresh look” for more than a few minutes.

Photographing food is very similar to photographing people in a sense that each person has his/her best side. Considering the variety of food out there, diverse cooking and presentation styles, the final results are endless. This array of unique subjects creates an opportunity for infinite camera angle choices. What is the best angle? Here are Top 10:

Angle 1: Head-on Zen

The camera is completely centered to the subject. This creates a very clean contemporary look and feel. Tip: Keep the props to the minimum.

Angle 2. From Above

Camera is positioned directly above the subject and perfectly centered. This angle produces a very contemporary, graphic look.

Angle 3. Lost in Space

When you do not have a point of reference (no horizon line, no plate, no sense of environment) you can shoot from most unusual angles and get away with it.

Angle 4. Tilt Towards

Camera is tilted right, so the subject tilts counterclockwise and the dish is welcoming you in, motivating the spectator to indulge in image.

Angle 5. Tilt Away

Camera is tilted left, so the subject tilts clockwise, pulling away from you, engaging the viewer the desire to follow.

Angle 6. Close up and personal

Don’t be afraid to get close to your subject. It won’t bite. Or will it? When you are shooting close ups, the point of reference loses its importance, so any camera angle will produce an appetizing image or not?

Angle 7. Above with Perspective

The camera is positioned above the front of the subject, then the camera is tilted up until the subject fills the frame. The photograph will maintain a graphic dynamic composition that will engaging the eye to scan the image from the foreground to the background.

Angle 8. Diagonal

Turn you camera so the subject starts in one corner and ends in the opposite corner, breaking the space diagonally.

Angle 9. With respect to the Line

When looking through the viewfinder, align the edge of the frame to any line you see in your subject. 

Angle 10. Gentle tilt

Tilt the camera just slightly to the left. Why? Because the human brain likes to scan things by section. If the camera had been leveled, then the middle wedge would create a horizontal line that would divide the composition in two sections and forcing the eye to travel away from the center. 

Try to forget about the rule of thirds and everything you just learned, just move around your subject and really try to see it and when you see it, draw the camera to your eye and start framing. Keep your mind clear, no thinking. When you start getting a warm fuzzy feeling entering through your stomach and spreading to your chest, just push the button.

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