If you don’t know what today is, you really should.

It’s National Cheeseburger Day!

But, before we head off to find a delicious burger to celebrate, let’s talk food photography.

Photo: Kyle Mills

Food can be a tricky thing to capture well. Along with tying to make any food subject look aesthetically pleasing (which is an art within itself), one has to also consider the typical photography variables: lighting, color, texture, environment, focus, and so on.

Well, we have three tips that are sure to help take your food photography to the next level. First…

Tell a Story
Photo: Sander Dalhuisen

Adding a human element provides narrative, which can breathe life into a food photography shoot.

Photo: Dan Gold

Don’t just capture whatever is on the plate; tell a story whenever possible.

Get Up Close
Photo: Alireza Etemadi

Get in tight to capture pops of color and contrasting textures. And, as beautifully illustrated above, grab a light source and strategically dress the background and foreground with fresh ingredients. Just like that, one is cookbook shoot ready.

Lastly, Play With Your Food
Photo: Pablo Merchan Montes

Get that food off the plate and into the air. The photo above does just that and, in turn, provides a modern layer by layer look at an American foodie favorite.

In other words, have fun. And, make a mess if you have too.

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