Tips from the world’s best food photographer for the ultimate smartphone photos during Christmas

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Does that divine dish always appear a lot less heavenly for you? Time to step up your game ! Because during festive December dinners, drinks and brunches there are a lot of great dishes to enjoy in the coming weeks. With these four tips from the best food photographer in the world, Dutchman Lyan van Furth , you can shoot the best pictures during the (Christmas) dinner.

For ten years now, Lyan van Furth has been looking at the world through the lens of his camera. With his calm aesthetic and strong light contrasts from the chiaroscuro, the Amsterdam photographer developed his signature style. In a dark and minimalist setting, Van Furth brings the focus completely to the plate with soft ‘Rembrandt light’, in order to convey the chef’s idea as pure as possible.

As a regular photographer for Dennis Huwaë ( Daalder* ), Erik Tas (‘t Ganzenest) and Erik and Juliën van Loo ( Parkheuvel** ), Lyan was named ‘Best Food Photographer in the World’ three times in a row by the international photography platform. foodelia. ‘A chef creates a story on the plate. It’s up to me to tell that story as best I can. That’s the biggest challenge for me.’

4 x tips for the most beautiful food photos of Lyan

The best food photographer in the world gave us 4 tips for the most beautiful food photos this Christmas.

1. Watch the light and your shadows

No matter how handsome your dish is on the plate, the wrong light will make the photo look a lot less appetizing. Your colors fade, your depth disappears, and that crazy dessert suddenly looks like you’ve left a ready-made cake from the supermarket to waste three days on the counter. Light is the basis of your photo. This Christmas you will therefore announce a table-wide flash ban .

With hard light from the front, all the depth and texture of the dish disappears and you get a hard drop shadow at the back. It is better to look for soft side light with ditto shadows. Is it dark at the table? Then you create that soft spot by shining someone’s flashlight through a clean napkin. Everything for the picture! And… of course you never shoot against the light . Then only the contours of your dish remain and we are not directing shadow play.

2. Find the corner

The second ingredient of a successful food photo is the right angle . The point here is that you choose a perspective in which you can still ‘read’ the court. Example: If a dish is built up nicely high from different layers, you want to show those layers.

If you then shoot a flatlay photo, no one will understand what they are looking at when they are presented with your photo. What makes this dish special? Find an angle that fits. Turn, tilt, try !

3. Determine the subject

Smudgy napkin. Some crumbs from the bread basket. Your water glass, wine glass and champagne glass. It all distracts from what really matters: that culinary work of art on your plate.

Once you have determined the angle, you can see exactly what is in the picture. Keep this as clean as possible . We quickly tend to leave cozy frills in the picture – because cozy! But you want everything in the frame to add something to the photo. When in doubt: remove or keep out of the picture.

4. Sometimes you just have to eat dishes well

Some dishes are simply not made to photograph. A chilli con carne quickly looks like a brown doll. And that eton mess is just a little less photogenic than a completely dressed up puff tower. Know when to just keep your phone in your pocket to enjoy your food and company undisturbed . Because that’s what it’s about.

Thank you!

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