On Sunday I was lucky enough to spend the day at Demuth’s Cookery School in Bath on a food photography course with Rob Wicks of @EatPictures (Instagram & Twitter) .

Being an amateur photographer, and not straying far away from taking food snaps with my iPhone, I was very keen to learn more about the technique behind taking a good food photo on a proper dSLR camera.

A large part of my role at PamLloyd is running social media accounts for a variety of food and fresh produce clients so learning tips and tricks from Rob was something I was very much looking forward to.

Here are five of many things I learned yesterday and a selection of the best pictures.

Thank you so much to Rob and the Demuth’s team, it was a fantastic day with delicious food. I learned so many things that I can put into practice daily and would recommend the course for anyone looking to expand their experience in this area.

  1. Photograph good looking food. It sounds oh so simple, but must be on here. Rob spoke about keeping colours vibrant and the food looking fresh as a no.1 tip. If you are looking at a dish thinking it looks bland or not vibrant enough, then the chances are the photograph will come out like that too.
  2. Use light of one colour. Light is the camera’s only language, so use it wisely. Rob’s tip was to use either just daylight or just electric light, not to mix both. Cameras can’t cope with both; daylight almost always works best.
  3. Take more than one photo and then review. The beauty of digital means we no longer have just one chance to get the perfect photograph. Make sure you get 3 or 4 and choose the best one.
  4. Keep it simple. Avoid temptation to add, do one thing and do it well.
  5. Use different angles. Don’t always stick to taking a photo at one angle, experiment with different distances and angles to make sure you get the best shot possible.