• How to Foodspot Like a Pro: Tips from Luke McKinley of Ravish

    We always love a good tip or trick when it comes to spotting food. Getting the right angle, working with dim lighting or knowing which part of the dish to focus on isn’t always as easy as pie. So, we decided to reach out to our friends in the food & drink industry for their insider-advice.

    First up is Luke McKinley, Independent Photographer & Videographer and Director of Drink at Ravish in Seattle, WA. He shared with us these tips & tricks, along with some beautiful spots he took at Ravish.


    1. Use light creatively:
    Good food photos use light to make a dish, drink, or table look welcoming and delicious. Use available light to your advantage; frequently, light from a nearby window is enough to perfectly illuminate a dish. Light that hits your subject from the side, ideally at a 45-degree angle, brings out textures and casts attractive shadows on your subject. Lighting your subject from behind (i.e. with the window behind the plate) can create dramatic silhouettes of food and drinks and illuminates steam. Use a flash on your camera if you want to see detail in your subject, but make sure it's appropriate to use flash in the restaurant before you do. Not daytime? Candles cast cool shadows, or use a restaurant's lamps to your advantage.


    2. Composition:
    Think clearly about what you want your food photo to convey. Do you want to show a picture of delicious food. Get close and let the dish occupy the entire frame. Do you want to showcase a more expansive view of your dining experience? Consider an overhead view shot of the table, or include the restaurant in the background.


    3. Creative content:
    Once you've decided on what you're going to include in the frame, think creatively about how to capture it. Attention-grabbing photos of food are effective because they either 1) convey vivid, mouth-watering detail; or 2) show food and drink in new, creative ways. Dining is an experience, so let your food composition express it fully and authentically. Capture your friend scooping a heaping forkful of that leek and mushroom quiche. Let your food photos tell a story so that their viewers are hungry for more.


    Curious about tricks that make soup look exciting? Want tips for spotting salad? Let us know what tips & tricks you're interested in with a comment below!

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