8 Tips for Fabulous Food Photography

Squash Blossom Sauté (Guiso de Flor de Calabaza)

Squash Blossom Sauté (Guiso de Flor de Calabaza)
Squash blossoms bring color and a light texture to this fresh vegetable stew. It's great served with warm corn tortillas.Todd Coleman

You don't have to be a professional photographer to take beautiful images of food. Here at SAVEUR, we shoot most of our images without fancy equipment or complicated sets — just great food and a good camera. Of course, there are some rules of thumb that we keep in mind as we produce the visual element of any story, from finding the best kind of light, to creating a sense of place, to finding ways to deal with stubbornly unattractive recipes. We've partnered with Shutterfly to share our 8 favorite tips for taking great food photos — like the one inspired by this photo of Guiso de Flor de Calabaza (Squash Blossom Saute), taken by Todd Coleman:

Use natural light

Nothing will make your food look as good as natural light — even the most expensive professional lighting equipment. That said, direct sunlight can often be too bright — in many cases it washes out colors and blows out whites. But a north- or south-facing window any time in the middle of the day will deliver even, warm light that shows off your food at its best.