Choose the right angle
Choosing the angle that you would like to go with should be a conscious decision that you are wiling to take as a food photographer. Take the time to work on the composition and focus before you head in and take the shot. Angles and compositions are everything in food photography and that is why as a food photographer, you need to make sure that you are able to pay attention to things like these all of the time. This is not the kind of thing that you will be able to rush through. You also cannot afford to be careless with the angles that you go for when it all comes down to it.
If you do not get things figured out all in one go, there is no need for you to rush it. Your subject is the food dish. It feels no emotions. It means that you can take all the time in the world to shoot it, except of course, if you are shooting pictures of ice cream or any kind of dish that will melt somewhere along the way. Think about the composition. The concept should be quite befitting of what the main purpose is for the good shots in the first place. Ideally, you should be taking angles of the food from a certain side. Do not put it out on an extreme front all of the time. It will rob the food shots of character and substance. Instead, you should try to be imaginative with it all of the time and constantly push yourself to think out of the box.
Tell a story with the shots that you are taking.
As a food photographer, you should pay attention to the empty spaces at the front, the back and even at the sides. You don’t always have to zoom in on the dish all of the time. Sometimes, it would also be helpful and artistic to include some spaces at the front, sides and back, to help tell a story about how the dish came to be. The most common materials being used are raw ingredients, other dishes, herbs, cooking paraphernalia, and the like. There is no shortage of those in the kitchen. As a food photographer, you should go out of your way to ensure that the food is showcased the right way and in the most artistic of ways possible. Raw ingredients and other food materials make for the perfect props that you have easy access to as food photographer so do not waste the opportunity and do not miss out of using them as well during the process.
Control the lighting that you are trying to incorporate into your food photography shots.
As a food photographer, you should always go for back lighting as much as possible. The best kind of lighting to use for food photography would have to be back light. Position your light source from the back to make the food look like it could come out of the picture anytime.