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Use Utensils in Food Styling and Food Photography

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

   
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