Doing Tasty Restaurant Photography with Appetizers and Desserts
While in Jackson Hole, I had the opportunity to photograph appetizers and desserts at The Lift Restaurant (see their website here).
In order to do some tasty restaurant photography, there are three elements that you must include: Composition, Exposure, and Focus. I went into the restaurant thinking about what the best feature of each dish was, and made it my goal to capture that.
With this pita chips appetizer, I immediately noticed the unique plating of the chips spiraled around the dip, and texture of the dip. I decided to focus on the very center of the spiral which aligned perfectly with the piece of tomato on the edge of a pita chip.
I loved the fact that this mousse pie was cut in a square and placed on a circular plate. The pattern of the chocolate syrup also added so much to the composition. This is why i decided to take an overhead shot and face the mint in facing the edge of the plate on the rule of thirds line.
One of my favorite parts of taking pictures of restaurant food was capturing the customers interacting with the food. Seeing food being eaten is one of the keys to selling the menu item. Doesn’t it look appetizing?
With this image, I focused a lot on getting the right exposure. The mint had to be lighted correctly along with the cheesecake in the background. I didn’t want the far background behind the plate to be light, so I made sure to point the external flashes more directly at the subject.
The goal with tasty restaurant photography is to help the customer experience the food before they even taste it. Textures, colors, and arrangement are all important factors! Check out the main dishes I took pictures of here!