How To Style A Food Photo For The Lazy Baker
How to shoot food photos if you’re not a chef or a great baker?
Let’s face it, not everyone of us is a Cordon Bleu and have all the time in the world to bake a cute cake from scratch every time we want one. Even if you have time, you might want to go the easy way and bake a cute cake from a delicious cake mix. And if you’re a real foodie, you might want to turn this cake into a food photo.
With this quick photo essay, I just wanted to show it’s easy to style a photo to make (almost) anything look good. Take this lemon cake made from IKEA Muffinsmix for example; it’s probably the easiest cake batter I’ve ever made, but still, there’s a way to make it look good with the right accessories, lighting and styling.
How to style a food photo for a recipe that wasn’t meant to be styled?
For this one, you’re gonna have to use or imagination or rely on Pinterest. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for my food photos.
For this food photo, I was inspired by the cake mix itself and decided to put on a homemade lemon icing along with halves of thin lemon slices. I also added a few full lemon slices on the side as well as full lemons. I put the cake on a cooling rack and the background is a concrete tile from Ciot.
What was my lighting setup for this food photo?
To soften up the scene, I turned on my LED Ring Light which was installed on the lens for the occasion.
What I wanted to show you with this article is that with enough creativity, you can have great results even if it’s a simple cake mix you bought from the store.