Food photography is sometimes an art and making a dish as appetizing and aesthetic as it really is is not always easy. But in reality, few means are enough to optimize the aesthetic quality of your photos as much as possible when you have an iPhone. Here are some tips collected from food photographer Philippe Martineau at Victor Mercier’s restaurant FIEF (Fait Ici En France) to take your food photos well. The dishes offered by the Top Chef 2018 finalist, who has just obtained a star in the Michelin Guide, set the bar very high with their originality and diversity, which open up the aesthetic possibilities to infinity. An experience of which we remember that everything or almost lies in the gaze and patience since it is a question of combining fine observation and creativity.
1. Determine the brightness
Light is an essential element in the quality of your food photos. Choosing the brightest place will put the odds on your side. For example, if you go to the restaurant for lunch, it will be better to reserve the table near the window. You can also trust the automatic setting of your iPhone. The HDR of the iPhone 13 Pro, for example, is always active and knows how to manage the highlights while revealing the details in the shadows.
2. Once the brightness has been determined, find its source and direction.
If you eat at a table under a “shower” light, that is to say located just above you, it will be difficult to take a good “Top View” photo because you will be casting your shadow on the dish. It is then a question of letting your creativity speak and finding other interesting angles. If you have an iPhone 13, its three optics will be a great help.
3. Use the different functions of your iPhone in the right way
The wide angle allows for example to play with the perspectives to give an original rendering, with very present foregrounds and very distant backgrounds. The iPhone 13 Pro also has the “Macro” function, which allows you to keep maximum detail while being very close to your dish. Focus is also important to determine to control depth of field, and very simple to ask your iPhone since it’s all about touching the screen. Other functions exist, such as the Portrait function that can be diverted and used for your dishes in order to blur the backgrounds.
4. Stabilize your lens
It’s an obvious thing to remember: the more stable you are, the sharper and more defined your photo will be.
5. Think about the decor around the dish
For a cleaner, even professional look, you can think of “arranging” your table by getting rid of unattractive elements that can be taken out of the frame.
6. You can also take videos
Videos also do the trick, for an Instagram story for example. The slow motion function offered by the iPhone allows you to play with speed and change the vision of a moving object (for example when pouring a sauce into your dish). The Cinematic mode of the iPhone 13 Pro is also to be used for an almost professional rendering.
7. Clean your phone
Finally, it seems useless to recall it, but we do it all the same because we all forget: it is absolutely necessary clean your lenses before taking pictures or videos. In the same kind of obvious but very effective trick, consider increasing the brightness of your screen to the maximum to better distinguish the image and activate the grid overlay to improve your frames