Nice utensils can be a beautiful and realistic complement to your photos of food. If shooting images at a restaurant, generally you’ll use the utensils the restaurant provides. If you’re shooting in your home or studio, you can get creative with the various styles and finishes of utensils available.


Using antique silver creates a unique look.

Heavy antique silver has a unique, timeworn quality and can make a large impact in a food photo. Old silver or silver plate isn’t too expensive and can be found at swap meets, auctions, or antique stores.


Using a utensil (such as a grater) in a shot adds interest.

Sometimes you may want to use utensils that are logical additions to your images. Including a cheese grater, new or antique, in the background of a cheese dish is a great addition to the shot. This small addition of a utensil in the background enhances the overall composition of the photo.


Avoid placing utensils at a 90 degree angle.

Be sure to watch the angles you use with silverware or other utensils. If a utensil is placed on or nearby a dish and is photographed at an angle where the utensil runs parallel to the horizontal or vertical sides of the image, it won’t be pleasing to the eye.


A better placement for a fork is slightly askew.

A good food image with a utensil is one where the utensil is placed or photographed slightly askew, as shown here.