3 Free Food Photography Guides To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Food photography is a phenomenon, from social media to adverts and blogs, food photography craves good light and creativity to make it appetizing.

But not every dish requires amazing food styling for it to look great, and that's what I want to share with you today – here are 3 free guides that will take your food photography to “gastronomic” levels.

Short Guide to Food Photography

Let's start with the most basic, yet useful guide you can have for free, the short guide on food photography by Kent DuFault. Here you'll find pretty much everything you need to know for making some great looking food photographs, from easy to avoid mistakes to tips on basic gear you should invest in.

Even though this is a really short guide, it has a lot of great examples that confirm that you don't have to be a professional food stylist to get appetizing shots. 

Beginner’s Guide to Still Life Photography

Food photography is fundamentally still life photography, so let's start with the basics. This guide by Stacey Hill will get you started with still life photography and particularly how to arrange those elements you want to photograph in order to create delicate and creative images, especially applicable to food.

Lighting for Still Life Photography

This guide will get you through some really interesting lighting techniques for any still life photograph, which you can easily apply to your food photography.

Historically, still lifes have had a really close relationship with food, especially exotic, luscious, and abundant food. Lighting has been key since the days' painters started making food look so delicious.

The trick with great looking food photography is to be up to date with the trends and to be as creative as possible. Try not to get too hungry with these guides, and keep yourselves inspired!


About the author

Federico Alegria

Federico is a one of our staff writers and has 10 years of experience in making documentary photography, he is currently working in long-term photo essays and you can see more of his work here. He is also a professor at a design-focused University, and is currently pursuing his PhD (and of course, his thesis is around Photography). His work has been featured in museums, newspapers and magazines. He is currently based in El Salvador.

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