Simple Editing Tips For Food Photography

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Taking your food shots is just the first step when showing off the fantastic food you have eaten daily or on your trips abroad.


Using your smartphone or desktop app, such as Lightroom and Snapseed for desktop, you can bring out the best of your food photography with a few simple editing steps. 


Of course, ensure that the captured images are done well before editing. This will save time during post-editing. You can follow our previous tips on how to improve your food photography.


Correct Your White Balance

While most cameras and smartphones have a very sophisticated system of measuring and capturing the right colour tones for your photos, there will be times when the colour may seem a bit ‘off’.


This is where you must adjust to the scene’s warmth or coolness to bring out the best in the image. In Lightroom, go to the White Balance section to change your image’s colour.


Correcting the colour helps to bring out the true colours of the ingredients. IMAGE: Wilson Wong


Correct Your Exposure

Most of the time, we would have thought that the image we have taken is bright enough. Still, there will be times when we need that bit of detail to bring out the beauty of the dish and the ingredients used. 


This is where we will use ‘highlights’ and ‘shadows’ to lower the brightness and lift the darker parts of the shot to get more details out.


Next, use the exposure slider to bring the image to the level of brightness that you like.


Use the Exposure section of Lightroom to lift details out from the bright and dark areas. IMAGE: Wilson Wong


Give Clarity to Your Shot

We often would want more contrast in our images, and most would use the ‘contrast’ slider to do just that. A better and more subtle way is to use the clarity slider instead to make your shot pop. 


A good tip to follow is to make your shot slightly sharper than normal whenever you upload images to Instagram or Facebook. This is because both Instagram and Facebook will lower the resolution of your images before saving them in your account.


To give your image a bit more pop in the colour, use the ‘Vibrancy’ slider instead of ‘Saturation’. This way colours that are more muted will be boosted, leaving colours that are already bright untouched.


Increase sharpness by using Clarity and colour using Vibrancy. Both settings help to bring out details in the food. IMAGE: Wilson Wong


Extra Tip To Make Your Food Photo Stand Out

There will be times when you needed the shot to stand out even more than usual and using the Vignetting slider will help brighten the food and darken the area around the food. This will highlight the subject matter more but take care not to overdo it.


The purpose of vignetting is to make the center of the frame brighter than the corners. It helps to bring attention to the subject. IMAGE: Wilson Wong



Here’s a comparison before and after the edit. IMAGE: Wilson Wong