Food bloggers and photographers are crucial to tourism and business for a lot of local establishments no matter where they’re from, or where they’re promoting content.
Their role in providing reviews, details, recommendations, and creating traction is what makes them so important to customers and businesses alike. Whether you’re ordering food to your luxury vacation home or eating at a local food stall, there’s opportunity all across Orlando, FL.
Thanks to social media and high-quality cameras and phones, the dream of food photography and blogging have become more accessible.
You don’t need studio settings, elaborate sets, or professional-grade equipment to get a great shot. Your passion and your eye for these things are what matters.
If you’re headed to Orlando’s best food joints, be it 1921 Mount Dora, or Disney World’s snack stops, here are some tips to remember:
1. Lighting matters
While a lot of professional photographers that are photographing for clients and not just blogs or passion projects have access to studios, techniques, and equipment, you might not.
You can’t always alter the setting and set the tone and mood that’s optimal, especially in the middle of a busy restaurant where you’re surrounded by dozens of other locals and tourists.
Your best bet is to head out during the day and look for spaces within the establishment where natural light floods in or are accessible. This will help highlight and accentuate your food in the best way possible.
The earlier in the day you start, the more light you have, although even morning and midday light can be harsh.
2. Focus on setting and presentation
Sometimes even the most delicious foods, especially snacks and street food, can be awkwardly presented. Loyalists know the value of the item itself has less to do with its aesthetics, but as a photographer or blogger, presentation is key.
Fix the plate, clean the edges, set the dish right, add a pop of color through vegetables or fruit that can be placed in. For instance, if you’re trying a pizza at Prato, throw in a drink on the side for some depth.
3. Keep the backdrop in line with the item
A busy background makes for a busy photo, and sometimes, that arrangement works to highlight the central item. Other times, it can be overwhelming and distracting. Add in strategically placed dips, drinks, seasoning, salads, etc. or place it on a flat, neutral surface for some contrast.
A lot of this is intuitive and working with what you’ve got. You don’t want your soft serve to turn into a milkshake while you search for the perfect wall to photograph it against—but a margarita by the pool works.
4. Work on angles and edits
The overhead angle doesn’t work for all foods across the board. Sometimes it takes away from the texture, variation, colors, and depth of what’s in front of you, which is why a slightly tilted, raised angle or a direct side angle works extremely well. For instance, a juicy burger at Rusteak Restaurant & Wine Bar can only be shown off from the side.
Focus on certain aspects more than others, hone in on them with warm lighting and editing skills and framing, cropping, and other parts of the post-photography process. It takes some practice, but you’ll get there!
Another great way to make use of all your spaces is to shoot at home! While you stay at one of Blue Travel’s incredible luxury vacation rentals, you have access to game rooms, living rooms, pools, and plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces that are ideal for some strategic photography.
If you’re visiting town for the food, be sure to book your vacation home ahead of time! Contact them here.