Eight Tips on Placing Utensils in Food Photography

After building up a scene in your food photography, do you find yourself questioning where to place the utensils in the shot? Maybe the silverware ends up looking awkward or out of place in your shot. Don't get frustrated; here are eight simple tips on where to place them.

When composing the shot, you want everything in its rightful place. You want the garnishes, spices, napkins, or other items in the scene to complement your main star. Whichever silverware or utensils you decide to use to help sell the story of your food. Joanie Simon with The Bite Shot shares eight different hacks and tips on where to place utensils in the shot. 

This isn't a set of rules, but some helpful ideas if you have no idea where they should go. As someone who is looking into food photography like myself, this helps a lot to have a starting place of where to place the utensils when they are included in the shot. You wouldn't think their positions would make such an impact, but everything should come together cohesively. 

Did you find these tips helpful? What are some of your own tips you use for placing utensils in the shot?

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2 Comments

Tony Clark's picture

Good post, it is the little things, isn't it?

Gabrielle Colton's picture

Such small details but so important!! Thanks for sharing this.