Photography Food Styling Tips International Hotel School While doing research on the internet you would have come across a few bloggers; for hair, beauty, style, travel, a mommy blogger or even a food blogger. Over the years across the globe, bloggers have created a community for themselves. We’re pretty sure that there are quite a few people that are dying to set up their very own food blog, but they often don’t know where to begin. Before you put pen to paper and let the creative juices flow our advice would be for you to sign up for an online course that will equip you with all the necessary skills. It’s often easier to take a photograph using your cellphone instead of lugging your camera equipment to each and every food festival. However, it’s essential to learn how to properly hold your camera, style and layout your ingredients.

International Hotel School Online has a fantastic short course called Food Science and Design. This course has been crafted to awaken the foodie in you. In addition to acquiring basic photography and food styling tips you will also be taught the historic origins of food. Ultimately, this course will make you an Einstein in the kitchen, you will also learn about:

  • Food Science (gastronomy of food)
  • Food Culture
  • Food Technology
  • Food Marketing and Communication
  • Food Packaging
  • Food Menu Creation

Food Photography Tips:

1. Use natural light

Using the in-camera flash can make food look strange, and certainly inedible.

2. Experiment and staging

HAVE FUN! Avoid taking too many shots at eye level, always giving yourself options by changing your angle.

3. Look for contrast with backgrounds

While there are times when all white on white can be visually striking, you often get better shots if you go for contrast.

4. Get some work-in-progress shots

It can be easy to focus on getting the final plated-up food shot and miss out on some great opportunities along the way. Try taking a few shots during the preparation and cooking process.

5. Use less food than you normally would

An overcrowded plate can look less appealing than a minimalist spread. Think about how you can use the white space of the plate to frame your dish

6. Allow food to spill over naturally

Getting a bit messy really helps to add movement and life to your photographs, rather than having everything confined to plates and bowls.

7. Choose simple crockery and tableware

While highly decorative China and textured plates are beautiful on their own, they can detract from the visual impact of the food. Plain plates, especially classic white allow the food to be the star.

8. Emphasise the natural beauty of the food

Think about what makes your subject really delicious and then aim to highlight this characteristic in your shot. Ice cream is a great example. It’s all about smooth creaminess and licking drips from the sides of your cone or bowl.

9. Always be on the lookout for ideas

Inspiration can strike from anywhere. When you’re eating out or even just flicking through your favourite food mag, take note of what looks appealing and what doesn’t.

10. Dig in and reshoot

Once you have a shot of the whole food that you love, eat or serve some out and then take another shot. Often a half finished plate is more appetizing than the original whole.

So do you think you have what it takes? If you’re up for the challenge, enrol with International Hotel School Online for the best online Food Science and Design course available. Email us at or ring 0861 44 33 00 to chat to a consultant today. If you would like to know more about our short courses,  specialisations, higher certificates or diplomas then go to