Food photography tips

Post processing for food photography

prunes post processing

It’s always best to get your photo right in the camera, but most of the images can be improved with a little post processing.

By recording images in RAW (if your camera permits) you have the possibility to make color and exposure corrections without degrading your image very much.

Every image on my blog has been processed. It takes time, but I want to present a story with a special mood, so I need to post processing. My camera will not present that feeling that you get when you see a food image and you just want to eat it in that moment.

As you can see, the after image is the same as composition but has a stronger vibe.

All this post processing can be done in any soft. I did my in Lightroom, but you can use any software you feel comfortable with.

The image I took with these beautiful prunes was RAW and had these specifications:

  • CAMERA: NIKON D700
  • FOCAL LENGTH:  105mm
  • ISO: 125
  • SPEED: 0,6 sec
  • APERTURE: F 5/6
  • NO FLASH

I had just some basic adjustments like sharpening, exposure, cropping and contrast.

I used contrast to make a bigger visual impact and exposure to make my photo a little brighter. Sharpening is done at the end because the effect can be negated by other techniques if you apply it early on in your process.

Most of these techniques are easy to use, once you start playing with them. It will take a while to learn them, but in the end you will become better. Use them carefully because in the end you want to show your food looking the best and real.

lightroom post processing

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67 thoughts on “Post processing for food photography”

      1. First off, I absolutely love your photos, they really bring your food to life.
        I think I understand your point of view, I figure that if I can’t master my own photos, then I would need to pay for the right to use someone else’s or have a photographer, which is a little inconvenient.

    1. Personally I don’t think a DSLR is necessary some of the best photo’s I have seen were taken using a phone camera. There are some fantastic free post processing programs out there so you can experiment to see if it is for you without losing anything other than time.

      The main thing is that you are happy with the photos you have taken and you will find that you gradually improve as you take more and notice what does and doesn’t work

      1. I will never say buy a DSLR, because I think is wrong to give you this advice. I show you what I do in post processing with my tools, but you can do the same thing with your tools: compact camera, telephone, tablet. Photography is so personal, so all you need to find is your path.

  1. Great tips, Gabi, but mine is a point-and-shoot Canon camera that doesn’t have RAW capability. Here’s to hoping this will improve…

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  2. I have always wanted to learn how to take better pi tires. Now that I’m a food blogger, I am forcing myself to learn And I found your tips helpful. If you write about using Photo Shop, let me know. I just use auto fix but feel I should be doing more.

  3. Pictures are something I need to work on and this has given me some ideas of things to try

    Recently I have been at Ferran Adria’s El Bulli set of cookbooks and the photography in them is amazing, and it has really got me thinking about what I could do to send my pictures in that direction so this post couldn’t have came at a better time

  4. Your posts and beautiful photos *do evoke moods, and it’s so interesting to learn more about your process❕ Thank you for sharing 🙂💟

  5. I think your photos are awesome! I edit my photos too, but they are not at the level I want them to be at. One of my goals is to get much better at photography, but it does take time (and equipment costs). I took photography courses back in the day, but food is a very different subject!

    1. The one that you are comfortable. Software is like a camera. You need to find the one that you like, is easy to used and feels comfortable. If you loose in front of the computer for a photo is time wasted. you have Photoshop, Lightroom, Photo Pos Pro, PhotoScape, Gimp, Photo.net, Paintshop, etc.

      1. I’m still a beginner and still understanding food photography – but your post helped a lot – please have a look on my blog for my pictures – they won’t be upto your standards but I’m guessing it’s a start 🙃

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