For better food photos:
1) If your food has height, show it. Shoot at a low camera angle.
2) If your food has texture, show it. Light from the side or the back to show texture. Shadows show texture so don’t be afraid of shadows.
3) Watch your background and make sure that it doesn’t take away from what you want to say in your image.
4) Don’t use the on-camera flash.
5) Place the food near a window and have the light come in from behind or to the side.
6) The bigger the window, the better the light but, don’t use direct sunlight.
7) Use a piece of white paper or card board (foam core works great) to reflect light on to the front.
8) Use a tripod
9) Food can be a graphical work of art. Lines, shapes, colors, space created with a medium of food on a palette of the plate.
10) When the plate is graphically appealing, try shooting straight down on it.
11) Light from the side or behind if shadows add to the composition. Don’t be afraid of shadows but avoid too many shadows or shadows that hide important details in the food.
12) Shadows can be softened with reflectors.
1) Try an unusual angle…shoot at a high angle and tilt the camera. If you want the food to tilt to the left, rotate the camera to the right.
2) Show a repeating pattern.