Amazing food pics are easy to capture at a holiday party if you know a few simple tricks. Editing the camera pics on your phone after the party is also quick and easy. The word “photography” consists of two words together. “Photo” derives from the Greek word “phos” translates as “light” in English and then “graphi” can mean write or drawing. So let’s get drawing with light!
1. Choose what you want to light in your photo. When you tap the screen to focus your shot it will also control the aperture of the camera on the phone. The aperture lets in the light. In the picture below, I tapped on several places on the screen before I took the shot: near the bottom where the crab cakes were displayed and also tried nearer the top where the ice sculpture was set. I ended up somewhere in the middle of the ice sculpture because I didn’t want the ice sculpture to look “hot” or really bright white without showing the details of the carving.
2. Take a close up shot of interesting food presentation. By tapping on the screen of your phone to focus on the food up close it will set the background out of focus. You can then tap the screen on your phone on the darker part of the photo such as the pink poke (on the left below) to lighten the shot or tap the lighter parts of the image such as the savory cone (on the right below) to darken the shot.
3. Experiment with the filters and editing features on your phone. Try to auto edit first and see if you like the shot. After I tapped the auto edit feature on the picture, the pomegranate popsicles still looked really washed out so I boosted the color by scrolling left.
4. Use Snapseed app or other advanced photo editing apps to fine tune your editing. With Snapseed you can selectively focus on parts of the picture to edit. In the picture below, if I had brightened the whole picture the candles would have turned out too bright. I used Snapseed to lighten the dish only.
Most holiday party pics are indoors at night so you can either use a flash or advanced editing app to brighten the food and the subjects. Happy Holidays!
Micaela is a TV reporter turned digital media marketer. She loves sharing her passion about food, travel and fashion. Micaela is married to a pastry chef and enjoys spending time with their two girls. Her family roots come from China, Trinidad and Canada. She is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.