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How to Shoot Food Photography With Your Smartphone


not sure how to nail the perfect angle when shooting food photography with your smartphone in this video I'm going to share a few tips and tricks and how to master food photography using only your phone and after this video you'll never ever ever have to second-guess yourself again and you'll always get that look that you absolutely desire so for the best advice I'm shooting food photography with your smartphone subscribe to my channel and hit the bell to be notified when I post a video every Tuesday alright guys so today we are bringing out our good old fashioned cell phone because let's be completely honest with the quality that these cameras have these days they're actually pretty darn good I have to say myself and the great thing is we always always always um for the most part have our phones on us I've heard the phrase from every photographer that I do know the best camera is the one that you carry on you so having said that what I want to do today is share a few things you may not know about taking awesome photos with your phone especially when it comes to getting the best results when you're photographing food so the first thing you need to understand in order to be successful when shooting with your phone is obviously to know where your camera lens is but to understand what you're working with so what I'm using today is an iPhone 11 and this iPhone has two cameras inside with two lenses it has a 26 millimeter f-stop 18 with a nice focal length in addition it has enhanced computational photography so that's a nice wide angle and it's going to influence different types of shots you will be able to take and also influence the shots that you can't take one important thing to remember when you're shooting with your phone is to make sure that the outside lens is wiped completely clean and all smudges are completely removed so that you have a nice clear lens to work with the worst part is when you're shooting you know with the cloudy lens and you have a slew of great photos or so think just to find out your camera's smudged the entire shoe and you have to take everything over it's a nightmare trust me I've been there another important thing to remember is to make sure to pay attention to the different modes your camera has to offer for example iPhones offer the portrait mode which is giving you more of a narrow depth of field versus a wide depth of field and it also allows your subject to become more focused and since we're shooting food it really honestly it works absolutely perfect I'm so excited about the portrait mode but I want to point out and I do recommend paying attention when you're photographing something like straws the edge of a plate any type of fruit vegetables and to any type of garnish or perhaps like a stem of a coffee cup or a cocktail the portrait mode tends to make these important details completely blur out and get fuzzy and that's something I recommend watching out for because again those are important details you don't want to miss and trust me when I say I've learned the very very frustrating way and it doesn't look very nice when you have a hot cup of coffee and the whole stem is completely blurred so just keep an eye on that also remember to make sure you are surrounded by a good light source it can be natural or artificial I like to work with natural light but of course everyone has their own preference when capturing the perfect shot so just make sure that the light you decide to work with is a nice and quality light because lightning can make or break a photo lightning lighting could make or break a photo so today I'm going to be working with a south-facing window it's coming from in front of me and I do have a diffuser which is one piece of equipment that I most definitely recommend that way you won't have to deal with any harsh sunlight happening inside the photos it's just gonna be a more excessive editing that you're gonna have to work with which you won't want to have to do alright guys so the app that I'm going to be using today is Adobe Lightroom my absolute favorite for mobile it has a free app that does include a couple awesome pro features that you can pay I believe $5

99 a month but today we're just going to be using the free features Lightroom has to offer now the reason I like to use this camera versus the built phone camera which is also really great by the way is because you have the ability to be more creative and it does allow flexibility when shooting or playing with the settings such as changing your aperture as well as the ISO amongst a slew of other things which is a great way to control the outcome of your photo which is something obviously as a photographer you would definitely want to control your settings the lighting the editing everything from start to finish so you do have the opportunity to take control using the Adobe Lightroom and hey please drop a comment below if you're a Lightroom mobile fan and tell me your absolute favorite feature I would love to hear what you like to work with all right so let's dive into the good stuff alright alright guys so go ahead and open up your Lightroom app and click on the little camera icon right at the bottom right and then the first thing you're gonna want to do is click that Pro button at the bottom left and yours might be set to automatic but we're gonna want to go ahead and set it to professional and then what you're gonna do is click on that little DNG white button it says file format right at the top middle of your screen and the difference is that the JPEG is your standard photo format option and the DNG is Lightroom's version of shooting in RAW format so if you are in JPEG go ahead and just click over to DNG and we're definitely just recommend shooting in DNG because honestly this allows you to have much more play room control and flexibility when it comes to your editing and that my friend is the beauty of creating absolute 100% magic so let's go ahead and jump into the settings so I'm gonna have you guys start by clicking those three little buttons right at the top right and you will see a few extra options and let's go ahead and start with your aspect ratio so it's gonna be set well it should be set at three two which is your standard setting and it that it's automatically set in and that's what I like to keep it in as well and then you have your 16:9 there which is the perfect ratio for all you Instagram story uploaders out there so the 16:9 works great for stories and then just go ahead and click back to 3:2 for when you are taking photos then you have options for your self-timer and just in case you want to jump in and out of the camera or have a fun situation happening a lot of the audience you know most of the time audiences connect when you have any type of body parts in the camera so if you have you know your hand you know in the camera placing let's say placing this kale down here it's just better and more of a connection with the food also if you have a cocktail that you're gonna want to put a straw in or if you have any garnish that you're placing inside of a cocktail or any sort of a you know delicious dish that you just made that's a good way to connect to the audience as well but for that we're not gonna be really playing around with our self timer today so we'll just go ahead and click off that and then for gridlines right next to the timer you're gonna want to use these gridlines they're really helpful in the sense of creating the perfect aligned shot and it's really helpful if you're following the golden ratio rule or the rule of thirds when it comes to composition all right so let's see let's go ahead and click off that and we'll go ahead and click that little triangle right at the top so this is really helpful for me and every time I shoot now what this does is it's allowing you and really showing you anything in your photo that is blown out so basically aka overexposed we don't want honestly to lose any detail within our shot so that's something you're gonna want to remember and it really also depends on the exact look you're going for but honestly it's okay if you really want that super light bright and airy photo basically go ahead and rock that out if that's what you're feeling but you know it's really to each his own type thing so you can just toggle back and forth and to kind of play around with the exposure that you would like for yourself so a quick tip real fast I wanted to share today is one thing I used to really really struggle with was composition I knew what I liked visually but I didn't understand the concept behind what it actually meant to understand the rule of thirds or creating the perfect symmetry until one day I took an amazing class from a friend who has composition editing lighting down to the core and now it's one of my absolute favorite favorite favorite things of all times and I look forward to doing when I actually think of a fresh idea for shooting so I'm leaving a link down below to my free composition tips guide that literally saved my life daily so you can go ahead and grab that link in the description bar below now let's go ahead and dive back in to Lightroom so let's go ahead and open up a few additional options below we're gonna start with our exposure let's go ahead and adjust that if you're thinking the photo is really dark and it's not looking its best and go ahead and slide the bar up and you can slide it up and down to either underexpose or if you want to overexpose you know just go ahead and adjust the amount of light that does come through your camera okay and then we're gonna go ahead and jump over to the ISO so the ISO is the camera's sensitivity to the light that it's in so the higher the number the brighter your exposure will be so you can go ahead and just kind of toggle back and forth so you see the numbers at the bottom the ISO it's 400 320 250 200 160 then you can kind of go like I said kind of toggle back around back and forth I like to keep it at 100 that works best for me let's go back into the exposure I think I left it a little bit too bright there okay so let's see we're gonna go ahead and jump into our white balance there so you're going to see a few different options to choose from they have the auto you have your tungsten your fluorescent option you have daylight cloudy's a good one to work with but generally I like to just keep it at the auto setting so you can just like I said go ahead and no pick an option that does work for you and it depends really on the light that's going on in the scenario that you're in and you'll be able to get a better feel once you have more of a once you're kind of like playing around with things a little bit more you're gonna have much more of a better feel of how to basically make a decision in your white balance section so basically the white balance process is removing a false color cast so that's that it's whatever object appears white in person it's just make sure that they're white in your actual photo as well so honestly guys I just recommend like I said playing around in order to master any type of nuances alright so the last thing I like to add is the focus so let's go ahead and jump into Auto and this is a little Auto button at the bottom right corner what this does is show you how much of your photo is in focus by selecting that bottom button there and toggling back and forth so wherever you see the bright green so see that green there you can even see it on my hands so the green here on the plate on the edges and the edges of this little Brown platter as well we have green here so wherever you see that bright green that's the area that is gonna be in complete focus so this feature is always fun to play with and then when you get the feel of what really works for you then trust me as time goes you're gonna really understand how to use this let's see the settings I really do like it so I try not to go too much to green there and get into too much focus but I like to try to stay between maybe 35 between I let's just say 40 and 50 I like to stay in but as I said go ahead and play around and see what you like and what works for you um so let's see I believe that is the end of our tutorial and voila you have yourself a beautiful photo let's go ahead and jump back into the video thanks guys so now that we have all of your baseline important details covered the last but not least thing to keep in mind your angles if you ask any photographer out there they will tell you that when it comes to the perfect and the most flattering angles it would be the straight on angle and the overhead now personally I'm a huge overhead fan myself but honestly just do what feels right to you so line up your shot perfectly and take that picture with confidence make whatever adjustments that you feel looks right to you even take a few extra shots so you can compare those and pick that perfect angled photo then head over into your adobe lightroom mobile app and that's where that all the magic happens so if you want to learn more on how I edit in Lightroom I've got a great video coming to you guys next week from yours truly so there you have it now you know a couple of my top tricks on how to shoot food photography from your smartphone but what about how to set up your composition beautifully as I mentioned earlier I've created a free composition tips guide for beginners on how to transform your food photos from good to insanely beautiful just click on the link below in the description bar to grab your copy thanks so much for stopping by I hope you've learned a valuable thing or two and can apply it to your next shoot and by the way I would love to see any photos that you have from your upcoming shoots please feel free to tag me I'm on Instagram at @gabriellerodriiguez I certainly can't wait to see what you're cooking up so in closing I hope you guys have a great day and I'll see you in my next video

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