Sometimes the best part of a food photograph is the gorgeous color. I love food photos that have wonderful saturated color. There is something really rewarding and stimulating about the richness of color.
There are two simple things you can do to capture stunning saturated color in your photos. One requires the sun, the other requires a computer. Either way, your photos will pop like never before! I promise.
#1 - Shoot During The Golden HourThe golden hour usually refers to the last hour before the sun sets (or after it rises) and is known for beautiful warm, intense color. Here is Wikipedia's description:
Typically, lighting is softer (more diffuse) and warmer in hue, and shadows are longer. When the Sun is near the horizon, sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing its intensity, so that more of the illumination comes from the sky. More blue light is scattered, so that light from the Sun appears more reddish. And the Sun's small angle with the horizon produces longer shadows.
Shooting during the golden hour can present some problems since the intensity of the light is not as strong, but if you're lucky to have a window facing the sun during sunset then it might not be a problem. I tend to shoot all of my photos during this time and have been really happy with the results.
TIP:Use a tripod! Because the light is less intense a tripod will help stabilize the camera and reduce camera shake.
#2 - Increase Saturation Using PhotoshopI always increase the saturation of color in my photos using photoshop. I do this for a number of reasons, the major one being that blogger uses an image compressor to reduce the file size of the image. This causes your blog to load faster but it also reduces the quality of your image. I compensate for this by increasing the saturation of the color using the Hue/Saturation command in Photoshop.
How to Selectively Boost Color was a post I wrote a while ago that has a step by step video.
With these two simple tips your photos will drastically improve. Anyone have any other, color-boosting tips?