Food Photography: 4 Tips to Help Your Restaurant's Photos Stand Out Online

Specialist food photographer Alan Donaldson reveals his top tips for making your restaurant's food photography stand out online.

Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Alan Donaldson

I'm a food photographer and videographer.

If you want stunning images like these, then I can help.

But first of all, let me say something about iPhones and smartphones.

They're great tools, good quality (when used properly) and for use on your social media - they're invaluable.

So, I've suggested that you want to do a mix of pictures - your informal shots with your iPhone or smartphone, but also some hero and signature pictures, the sort of things that I would do.

So, how do you go about this?

There are some guidelines I'd like to impart that will help make things go smoothly and get the best possible results.

First of all - we need to keep it real. We use real ingredients, we don't substitute anything because we think it might last longer. We use real ice cream for instance, real chips and potatoes, real steak.

We do also make things to order. What we don't want is a queue of dishes waiting to be photographed. We do things to order, finish the photograph, and then move on.

Number three. Be prepared to move elements around the plate. Tweak nuance basically. What we do is we take the photograph, it transfers to the computer image on the laptop and we can analyse how the food looks on the plate. Because how you plate the dish may not be the exact angle we take the photo from, as different elements catch the light differently or are maybe hidden behind other elements. So it's good to have a little play with it and get it looking absolutely smart and spot on.

And then finally, what we want to do is finish in front of the camera. so we don't have to source the image until we're ready to take the final shot, we build the image up and then once we've got the look of the image we source and then add the garnish and micro herbs

Four simple guidelines to start us off.

Should you wish to do some food photography, please do not hesitate to get in touch. It'll make a difference to your business.

Bye for now.

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