Food blogging requires a wide skill set, food photography, recipe testing, recipe writing and editing just to name a few. Here I’m going to share with you some tips and tricks used by food bloggers. I’m not an expert but these are things I’ve learnt since I started blogging. I hope you find it useful.
Some of these might seem a tad obvious but in that rush of trying to get out your blog post it’s easy to forget or accidentally miss something out.
- Structure you recipe to includes a list of ingredients, number of servings and a method.
- List your ingredients in the order that they are going to be used, make sure every ingredient is included.
- Be as specific as you can with quantities, rather than say half a tin of chopped tomatoes state half a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes.
- If you know an ingredient is hard to find, say where you buy it from.
- Make it clear what type of oven you are using e.g gas or fan oven. Quoting the appropriate temperature and whether you need to pre heat it.
- With baking recipes always state the cake tin size, it’s so important for a successful result.
- Try to photograph your food in natural light, it always looks more appealing in a naturally lit environment. It’s particularly difficult in winter but make the most of those precious daylight hours.
- I use white foam boards to bounce light back onto the food, they are also useful in creating a neutral or blank background.
- Think about presentation, styling can be great but don’t go overboard.
- Use props that enhance the mood or the setting. A drink, cutlery or the ingredients work well. Just experiment, to see what you like best.
- I take lots of photos varying the composition of the food and any props. I then edit the photos on my Mac book to make the best of the photos I’ve taken.
- Look at Foodgawker.com and Pinterest for inspiration but try to develop your own style.
- A couple of my first accepted Foodgawker submissions were taken using my iPhone, that said I now have a Nikon D3200 dSLR camera I’m getting to grips with.
- I recommend that you watermark you photos with your blog name.
Further recommended reading
- Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin.
- Food Blogging for Dummies by Kelly Senyei.
- Other food blogs but don’t copy just be yourself.
I’ll back with more recipes and reviews very soon.