Photographing food with iPhone

Photographing food with iPhone? One day a friend of mine told me “Why, do you still use the iPhone to make calls?”

A nice joke but that made me reflect on how, in fact, what in the mid-2000s was baptized as the “melafonino”, today has become first and foremost a camera, indispensable for capturing pieces of everyday life of each of us to share common on Instagram.

Question: selfie apart, what are the most common photos, among those taken with the iPhone, which then regularly end up on social networks? Those about food. We love to photograph what we eat, at home or in a restaurant: we do it to show off our curinary skills (for food prepared at home) or to let the rest of the world know about the latest drink or delicacy taken out. Food exhibitionism.

Whatever your property, you can photograph food with your iPhone, I decided to collect some tips here to do it better because, I confess, as I can see on my social channels, I also love to photograph what I eat with the iPhone and, sometimes , even what I drink.

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The first piece of advice I would like to give regarding the techniques of food photography with the iPhone. It will be a foregone start but… we have to. If you want to have a result as professional as possible, remember that you must ensure that your plate (or glass) is uniformly illuminated in all its parts. On the one hand, this will highlight the various ingredients prepared and the presentation of the dish itself, and in addition (what I think is more important) it will avoid those hateful “reflections and blunders”. What is it about? I refer (pay attention to it) to those areas of the photo that are excessively exposed to light in which “spots” are created, saturated by white, yellow or orange (depending on the type of lighting present).

To obtain this result, a good starting point is to use natural light which, by its “nature”, is diffused more evenly than any artificial light that comes to mind. But that’s not enough. Avoid exposing the subject to direct sunlight as you risk dazzling it.

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I used the almost cinematic pun, “dangerous shadows”, precisely to alert the reader to the tricks that shadows can play on our photos taken with the iPhone. In the previous point, I invited you to use the Sun as an “illuminator”: well I confirm the suggestion, BUT, pay attention to the main side effect of solar lighting, namely the shadows.

The ideal is to have none at all. This is a possible result if you can take pictures during the day but indoors, perhaps not too close to a sunny window. But what if you find yourself having lunch outdoors on a beautiful sunny day and you can’t resist the urge to photograph your plate with your iPhone? I give you a simple and affordable suggestion. Place a blank sheet behind the plate. It will reflect the sunlight and, at least in part, will be able to fill the shadows that your plate will inevitably tend to form in the area opposite to the sunny one.