Leave the bulky camera bag behind.
“Because big camera bags count as carry-on items, I protect all my gear – the camera and lenses – in Domke wraps
and keep them in a tote or backpack.” – Korena Bolding Sinnett, associate art director,
Understand the rule of thirds.
“The basic principle behind this rule is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds – horizontally and vertically – to create nine equal parts. Make sure to place the object of the shot in a third of the frame, not in the middle.” – Sivan Askayo, Tel Aviv
Set your clock for golden hour.
Golden hour, the time right after sunrise or before sunset, is a great time to photograph outdoor scenes because the lighting is ideal.” – K. B. S.
When shooting food in restaurants, natural light is your friend.
Make sure to choose a big window and place the dish next it. Sometimes, if I don’t have a reflector, I use a white tablecloth to create a ‘soft box’ effect to enhance natural light and softness.” – S. A.
Don’t limit culinary photos to restaurants.
“I love shooting in local markets to see what produce, seafood, and meat items are specific to the location. Since you likely won’t be buying anything, I recommend being polite and shooting quickly so as not to disrupt vendors or customers.”” – Kevin J. Miyazaki, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
It’s OK to break some rules.
“Contrary to what the rules say, I like to shoot into the sun in the late afternoon to get a golden glow. It gives beautiful backlighting to portraits and landscapes.” – Lauryn Ishak, Singapore
Embrace cloudy days …
“People, food, and foliage often look best in diffused light. On a bright, sunny day, if the light is too harsh, seek the open shade of trees or buildings for a softer glow. Blue skies are overrated!” – K. J. M.