You'll normally be shooting indoors, but flash is best avoided; food photos almost always look best when

lit with natural light from a window. Then use reflectors - a simple piece of white card is perfect- to bounce light from the non-window side back onto the food. Black card is also useful when you want to remove light.

mouthwatering. Get your shot set up and props in place beforehand so you can shoot as soon as food pops out of the oven - and be prepared to pep it up in the microwave if needs be. Brushing food with oil can also make it look moist and warm, but don't overdo it- you don't want it to look greasy...

5 Golow
Shoot from a lower angle than you would see the food when seated and it will look far more dramatic- a 'fork's eye' view of 30 degrees is perfect. Crop in tightly - you don't have to have the whole dish in the shot. And the rule of thirds applies just as well to food photography as it does everything else too!

2 Be shallow
Shoot at wide apertures (eg f/4 or f/5/6) as this enables you to make the most of limited light levels and also using a mid-range focal length around 50-70mm gives a shallow depth of field to really help focus on the delicious dish.

3 Set the table
Props surrounding your food, and the crockery and cutlery with which it is served, can make a big difference to the mood of the shot. A wine glass, candle or serving dish can add interest - but don't

go overboard, it's all about the food, after all. Sometimes minimalist is best; a simple white plate is all you'll need.

4 Get it while it's hot
A waft of steam can help make a food shot really look

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