Indoor Home Studio – Food

Raid the fridge and cupboards for suitable subjects. You don’t have to shoot prepared meals like in a Jamie Oliver cookbook. Apples, strawberries, peppers, chillies and even pasta can make ideal subjects to shoot.

If you want to have a go at the kind of glossy, mouth-watering photography that you see in the foodie magazines there are a few tips you should follow for best results.

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© Craig Roberts


Think about the kind of plates, bowls, cutlery, table cloths and props (such as a vase) you want in your picture. Pick a colour scheme so your elements co-ordinate rather than clash. Make sure the food you photograph is blemish-free.


Many types of food wilt under warm lights, so if you’re using tungsten lighting you must work fast. Daylight or flash is better. Food generally looks best when its high key – dark food is unappealing.

Indoor Home Studio - Craig Roberts

© Craig Roberts


Food photography is not just a record of the food, but is about creating a mood. Be creative with your shooting angles, crop in on details, and try using a wide aperture to get selective focus on just a small area.

Post Production

Most food pictures benefit from a few touch-ups and levels corrections in Photoshop. Shoot in Raw to give you more scope for adjustment later.

Indoor Home Studio - Craig Roberts

All kinds of fruit make ideal subjects. Anything colourful can make a great abstract still-life subject. Images: © Craig Roberts

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Indoor Home Studio - Flowers
  3. 3. Indoor Home Studio - Painting with Light
  4. 4. Indoor Home Studio - Food
  5. 5. Indoor Home Studio - Kitchen Abstracts
  6. 6. Indoor Home Studio - Water Droplets
  7. 7. Indoor Home Studio - Using Available Light
  8. 8. Indoor Home Studio - Using a Lightbox
  9. 9. Indoor Home Studio - Using Your Gear
  10. 10. Indoor Home Studio - Top Tips
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