Food Photography Tips From A Pro
Have you ever heard the saying ‘You eat with your eyes?’ Often photographs are the first introduction your customers have to your food products. Whether on your website, on a flyer or while scrolling through Instagram, great food photography catches the eye and draws the attention.

At Start Your Food Business we recommend that you enlist the services of an experienced food photographer to create beautiful images of your food products. Even though your iPhone has a great camera, food photography is such a vital part of any food business, that a professional and experienced photographer can show off your products in the way your business needs.

Today we chat with Katie Barget from Captar Photo in Sydney. Katie took up photography as a 10 year. Fast forward to 2013 and Captar Photo was born


Captar is Spanish for Capture. Because from behind the lens all I want to do is Capture Life. Imprint magical moments to be treasured forever – Katie Barget

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Katie, what you believe food photography is all about?

Food photography is essentially still life. The power of food photography lies in composition both on the table and what we see through the lens. We use food photography to tell a story

What is the once accessory every food photographer must have?

Tripods are your best friend. We can all pick the camera up and move around, but with still life you need precision. A tripod is essential to know that you are straight, no camera shake and to give you the ability to shoot wide and tight from the same angle.

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As a food photographer, what are the tools of your trade?

I shoot with Canon, so all the lenses I am mentioning are Canon lenses. From my perspective, the best lenses for the job are 50mm prime lens (f/1.8), 70-200mm (f/2.8) and a 100mm macro lens (f/2.8). I rarely shoot below f/3.5 for a food shoot, so f/2.8 on most of these lenses suits me perfectly.

  • 50mm – great for low light, flat lays, capturing the story, table scenes etc. It’s also the cheapest lens on the block and GREAT for a starter kit.
  • 70-200mm – great for tight crisp depth of field, birds eye angles, tight shots of food on table. This is my favourite lens, I love the image quality. It is heavy and that is why I love my tripod!
  • 100mm – great for aerial tight shots, birds eye angles and tight front on shots. This lens is the savior when you want to capture the minutiature. Strawberry seeds, tiny caper flecks – this little beauty will hone so tightly in on the details.

What is your advice for an aspiring food photographer?

Photography is all about how we see, rather than what we see. Standing in one spot, is only seeing ever seeing from that one spot. Zoom lens or not. To see something different, to feel something different, we have to move somewhere different.

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Katie Barget

Photographer | Marketing Consultant

Captar | Capture Life.

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