How to use Compositional Techniques to Improve your Food Photography Composition

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How to use Compositional Techniques to Improve your Food Photography Composition

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How to use Compositional Techniques to Improve your Food Photography Composition

When you think of great food photography, the immediate things that come to mind are great colour, creativity, beautiful lighting and ultimately, great images… but in today’s post, we’re going to take it back a step, and look and focus on the bedrock of it all – COMPOSITION!

Composition is the backbone of food photography. Nail your composition and everything else can be layered on top to elevate your food images.

In today’s post, we’re going to focus on what compositional techniques are and why they are so important. I’m also sharing Lesson 1 of my E-course, As a sneak preview of what’s to come!

How to use Compositional Techniques to Improve your Food Photography Composition

What are Compositional Techniques?

Before we can think about more details about food styling, we’re going to spend some time talking about a few compositional techniques and how you can use them in your food photography.

When we start talking about rules and techniques in photography, it’s often the point that people shut off. It’s easy to think that any rules and techniques take the fun out of creating photography, and might even hinder your creativity. In reality, it’s the opposite.

It’s important to remember that compositional techniques are guidelines, NOT rules.

They aren’t here to hinder your creativity

How to use Compositional Techniques to Improve your Food Photography Composition

Rules are there to be broken when the time is right, but it’s always good to understand the rule you’re breaking, to know if breaking it will actually improve your photo.

There are three compositional techniques that I come back to again and again in my food photography, and those are:

In , I teach how to use each of these three compositional techniques effectively in your food photography. We will go through how each ratio is formed , how to apply it to your food photography, and there are some insanely helpful printable grids, to help get you visually planning your compositions before you walk into your shoot.

The food styling and composition e-course where you'll learn how to compose incredible food photos that will stand out from the crowd

The Purpose of Compositional Techniques

How to use Compositional Techniques to Improve your Food Photography Composition

The purpose of compositional techniques is to give you the tools you need to achieve the best possible photo. Food photography is an art form, just like any other kind of photography, and these principles will help you develop your style and build confidence in the images you produce.

Using techniques like the rule of thirds and other ratios for your composition also helps to create balance in your photos. Knowing how to balance your props, the food and negative space, will allow you to control where the viewer’s eye is drawn to in your photo, and more effectively tell the story you’re trying to tell.

Ultimately, compositional techniques can help us produce better, more cohesive images.

When compositional techniques are used well, you won’t notice they’re there. Instead, you’ll have an intentional, powerful image that will stand out from the crowd.

So before we get swept up in the rules and techniques, I have a formula that I like to keep in mind when I’m planning out my photos. I call it the magic formula, even though there’s no magic in sight. It goes like this:

How to use Compositional Techniques to Improve your Food Photography Composition

Creativity + Logic = Balanced, well thought out photos

When you use these two things together, they are a powerful combination. Starting to implement these compositional techniques alongside your amazing creativity is going to open up a world of options and allow you to explore food photography on a whole new level.

I’m a firm believer in balancing the rules with creativity. In my own work, I like to keep things simple, rather than using a million and one complicated techniques. I have three or four core compositional techniques I come back to, then I let my creativity be the dominant force. You don’t need to be a scientist to use this stuff.

I use the rules to guide me, not to dictate every photo I take. Understanding the foundation of compositional techniques is a powerful tool, and using them to help you develop your #compositionskillz will turn you into a better photographer.

You’ll be able to create intention and focus in your photos, finding a balance between looking “staged” and understanding where your subject is going to be the most pleasing and powerful to the viewers eye.

How to use Compositional Techniques to Improve your Food Photography Composition

You’ll learn how to handle the different elements in your photo, bringing them together to tell a story whilst not drawing focus from your main subject.

All of these things put together will help you produce the best food images you can.

Want to know all my secrets about using these compositional techniques to nail your food photo composition?

The food styling and composition e-course where you'll learn how to compose incredible food photos that will stand out from the crowd

And now comes the fun part… putting it into practise

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