Food photography is basically a still life photography niche used to produce appealing, still life pictures of food. It’s a growing specialization of commercial photography, typically the goods of which are utilized in advertising, magazines, packages, menus, or cookbooks. Food photography also employs photojournalism, which is the art of taking stills and using them to tell a story. A food photography business could be a part time job or a full time career. Many food photographers take a photo of the food at every stage of preparation, from before it arrives on the diner’s table to after it is served.
Others will even create a still-life to display with the dish, creating an illusion of having actually watched the meal being prepared. With the right equipment, photography can be a rather simple process. Lighting should ideally be dim, and the food should be presented in its own container. Depending on the style of the food photography, food presentation may also require some posing. Professional photographers have mastered lighting to make stills look like art.