Keep it fresh
If you want the perfect way to showcase your food photography options, then you will need to make sure that you keep things as fresh as much as you possibly can. If you are the only cooking the food, then make sure that you go for nothing but the freshest of ingredients as much as possible. If you do not know how you will be able to do this because you do not really have that much control over the cooking process, then you should at least showcase the fresher side of the plate. Sometimes, all that it will really take would be for you to turn the plate to a certain degree so you can capture the angle of the plate that has the freshest looking ingredients.
Lighting is crucial
Lighting is crucial to just about any kind of photography style or niche and even more so in food photography. You will need to be able to manipulate your lighting in such a way wherein you end up making the food look palatable and look like it is about to step out of the picture at any time soon. You can only get this done if you make use of backlight. Peripheral lighting and overhead lighting have the tendency to make the food a little too bright and a little too washed out in the pictures being taken and that should be something that you should veer away from as much as possible. Make sure that you are able to illuminate the food from the back of the plate and you should be pretty much in business.
Keep things clean and simple.
You do not have to be ostentatious about the whole food photography setup. All that you will really need to keep in mind is that the food should be the star of the whole thing and the images that you take should be all about it at the end of the day. Do not embellish too much and use very minimal props. Other than a few raw ingredients on the side and some cutlery, you should be pretty much set for all of the elements that need to be included in your food photography project.
Putting in a human element on your food photography project will not hurt either.
Something simple like a hand stirring the pot or holding on to a napkin can really bring in that human appeal to your otherwise purely objective food photography project. As a food photographer, try to keep the human aspect as anonymous as possible. Avoid taking pictures of any actual human faces or if you can’t do that, then at least blur the faces out of focus one way or the other. you have to keep the focus solely on the food and not on anything else that might take attention away from it.
You need a canvass that is clean enough and that is free from distractions as much as possible.
Sometimes, all it really takes is a few wipes of napkin at the side of the plate just to take care of any stray food particles or sauce spillages. Again, you want the focus to purely be based on the food and leave very little room for pretty much anything else at the end of the day.