You don’t have to be a professional photographer to make some great shots of your meal. Whether you want to surprise your Instagram audience or enrich your blog with some great food pics, here is how you can achieve professional-looking results quickly.

#1 Camera quality

First of all, you don’t need to have a fancy and expensive camera to be able to take great food shots. A decently priced entry level DSLR can get you just the right results. Even the iPhone camera can do miracles in this niche if you know how to use it correctly. With that said, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a professonal camera, all you need is good lighting. The better the lighting, the better the quality of the photo. Just make sure you don’t use the built-in camera flash, those suck. Instead, rely on natural light or, if you don’t have access to it, use external lighting, which you can get for under 100$.

#2 Tripods

Tripods are great piece of equipment for photographing food. Taking the shot with the camera in your hands can cause blurry results because of shaking. To avoid that, mount the camera on a tripod and use the timer to trigger the shot. This will keep the camera steady and stable, enabling it to caputre a higher quality image, which is important when photographing food. Besides, tripods aren’t a big investment, as you can get them for under 20$.

#3 Set the background

The background is an important part of your shot, so you have to make sure it looks right. To make your photo really pop out, use a surface color that is in contrast with the color of the food. You can do this by placing a cloth on the table and arranging the food on it. Make sure the rest of the background is not cluttered. Remove anything that takes the attention of the food. You can still use props such as cutler and additional plates but make sure not to overdo it.

#4 Finding the right angle

Food shots are all about the camera angle. Switching the angle can create outstanding results, turning an ordinary plate of soup into a photography masterpiece. Whether you should shoot from the above or from a lower angle depends on the type of food you ae photographing. Experiment with angles and try out different ones to discover what works best for the shot. Once you get the composition right, lock the focus and move the camera around, taking as many shots as you can. Later go through them and delete the ones you aren’t satisfied with.

#5 Is the food fresh?

In order for the photo to look good, the food on the plate must be fresh. Don’t keep the food waiting too long as it wont look great for very long. Make sure to work quickly in order to capture the freshness of the ingredients on time. Don’t go through the photos you have taken until you finish the session to make sure the food isn’t going to look badly.