How To Photograph Food | Quick Tips in 5 mins

What’s up beautiful people? It’s
your homegirl, Ms. Shameless, all up in your building
with another TECH TALK. And in this video I
break it down with you on how to photograph food. Oh so yummy,
beautiful, glorious food. ♪ ♪ This video is
sponsored by Thrive Market, which is one of the
largest online retailers for non-GMO organic options. And they make healthy
eating easy and affordable. And you can get
everything from chips. I’m going to use
this in the video. Coconut chips,
vanilla granola, all of it. It comes packaged
in recycled packaging, and they have everything
from food to household items to pet supplies to
cleaning supplies, all of that. So if you’re looking
to save money, time, you don’t want to use gas,
you want to deal with parking, you know lug your
groceries all up the stairs. That’s right, check it out. Without further ado,
let’s get into these tips now. How to photograph food? The first step is all
about styling and props. Textures like this
home accessory are perfect. Fabrics – which can bring layers
and personality to your photos. Even a chopping board. I also love textured backdrops, like this that I made
from a black foam board that I got from
the $.99 cents store, chalk and a good rubdown. And this technique
looks great in photos. Also, there’s your
traditional backdrop paper. You can get this at
your local pro camera store and there are tons of
colors to choose from, as well as tapestry. For flat lays I do
recommend getting these tiles that you can buy at
your home hardware store. It’s a good trick for
faking a marble table especially if you
don’t want to dirty yours up with nuts and fruits, which are also perfect garnishes which add a stylized
element to your shop. I also do suggest
using smaller plates, that way your food
fills up the space easily. It’s all about
fiddling and having fun. So keep doing that
until you get that shot. Get that lighting right, boo.
Get her right. I like to use natural lighting. So I have my table
right next to the window. And I actually have a curtain which is acting as a
natural diffuser for my shot. Now the point of this is to
make the shadows less harsh. So by diffusing the light
it makes it nice and soft, and it gives the
image more range especially in post
when you’re trying to edit. But, again, depending on
what you’re trying to get you can go over that bam shadow. Which I’m doing here for a more
dramatic evening dinner shot. That I achieved
with an LED light, and I’m using an umbrella to soften the
already harsh shadows. I got this from a home
hardware store for $10 dollars, info in the info box below. There’s no right or
wrong, it’s just what you want. What are her angles? Get low to get the shot,
especially for drinks, if you’re pouring milk
into a coffee, that’s cute. Overhead shots.
I am using a C stand, and I use a camera
bracket on my C stand, and that’s how I
get the overhead shot. This is just the way I
achieve it, there are others. Now, if you don’t
want to spend money you don’t need any of this. What you do need is a
tripod. Get you a tripod. You don’t need a C stand,
you don’t need a lateral arm, you can get a
lower back problem. If you do too much stress trying to get that
shot with your back. If you act as the tripod. You don’t have to
do all that work. Get your tripod out, make
your tripod work for you, okay, that’s why you bought it. I highly recommend a remote. So you don’t have
to shake the camera once the camera is on a tripod. Foam board, yes, get
you some foam board. Foam board is great,
it’s a natural bounce, you can bounce light off of it,
you can fill-in shadows. Now this foam board I got from
the $.99 cents store, perfect. And, finally, if you’re using your iPhone
to capture food photography, which you absolutely can, use the AE lock, which
stands for auto exposure. Press and hold, and drag
the slider either up or down. Boos, I hope you
found that video helpful. If you did, make
sure you thumbs-up, also, turn your notifications on so you know when I
upload a new video. And, again, thank
you Thrive Market. For those of you that are
looking to save money, time, you want to eat healthy, you might not have those
options at your grocery store, get you on Thrive. There’s a link in my
info box to save you 25% off, and they already have 25
to 50% off retail prices. Thank you again for watching. Turn your notifications on, so you know when I
upload a new video, and if you do take photos tag
me on Instagram @mayasworld, and use the hash tag
#mayatechtalk, okay. Until next time, remember to do
you, be you, and stay true, boo. Be shameless. ♪ ♪


  1. Shameless Maya August 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Glad you found this video helpful! Most of the links to what I mentioned are in the info box 🙂

  2. Sara And Ersh August 11, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Your tech talk videos always give me gems of the cheapest and best way to do my job!!! Love you and thanks Maya!!

  3. wyatt dvs August 11, 2018 at 11:00 pm


  4. My'Keria Charnese August 11, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Yessss I've been waiting for a Tech Talk , Thanks Maya

  5. Sincerely Eccentric August 11, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Can you do a video on photographing rooms/ interiors ? How to make them look like the Pinterest photos.

  6. Tatiana Reign August 11, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    PERFECT! Thank you for these Maya. I looooove your tech talks. I always learn something useful!

  7. Luna Boekwa August 11, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you so much for your work stay blessed!

  8. jess greenash August 12, 2018 at 12:03 am

    fuucccckkk i need longer photography videos from you boo! your work is so stunning and would love to see more about how you create

  9. lingywashere August 12, 2018 at 12:10 am

    HERE FOR IT!!!! I love your tech Talks ?

  10. Andrée Marie August 12, 2018 at 12:16 am


  11. SoeFoods August 12, 2018 at 12:21 am

    So helpful, thank you

  12. Barbara Cassese August 12, 2018 at 12:29 am

    I like this makeup look

  13. zucchinigreen August 12, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Your channel is one of the best resources on YouTube.

    Thanks so much for this.

  14. SociallyChrissy TV August 12, 2018 at 1:23 am

    This video was so damn helpful. I love you shameless sighed 30 year old mom who life has gotten easier with you in it ❤️ please stay all up in my business, please

  15. Scye Royster August 12, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Maya praying all is well??

  16. Adama Sesay August 12, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Loved this!

  17. Just Peachy D August 12, 2018 at 2:21 am

    I love Tech Talk videos! Very helpful ?

  18. xo_rindy August 12, 2018 at 2:39 am

    The iphone tip was most hepful! do you have a video for iphone photography?

  19. Kristal Thompson August 12, 2018 at 3:12 am

    I love the lil hand movements you do every time you say "break it down" in any of your videos ! ??

  20. A.Kindelan August 12, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Love this? And a lot of these tips can be used for product photography too. Oh can the next Tech Talk be Product Photography?!?!

  21. Anika Wilson August 12, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Thank you Maya! This video is so helpful.

  22. Angel Salvador August 12, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Thank you for this!!!!!!! I am so happy I found your page. Now I'm going to live my life shamelessly!!! ???

  23. Peasndough August 12, 2018 at 4:09 am

    follow me @peasndough for food pics, i follow back!!

  24. The Emma Diaries August 12, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Great tips Maya! ?

  25. Jodane Williams August 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    So short and sweet! thank you, Maya!

  26. xogulxo2 August 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    lovee your tech vids

  27. Aleksandra Teofilovic August 12, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Awesome tips and tricks ?
    Thank you. ^^ Will use it in my food photos. ?

  28. I am Sarai August 12, 2018 at 6:12 am

    I REALLY appreciate this video! I love it

  29. Stephanie Smith August 12, 2018 at 6:25 am

    This has to be one of my fav. Vids from you yasss… More of these please I missed ya

  30. Maria Pia Binetti August 12, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Very useful, thank you ?

  31. R H August 12, 2018 at 6:35 am


  32. Bernie Bop August 12, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Thank you. These tips are really useful. ??

  33. GoldenMizer90 August 12, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Your the first video ever I ran into showing how to do this! Omg thank you!

  34. Alexia Ousley August 12, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Loved this video! Can you do some more videos like this? ?

  35. Supreme Omega Company August 12, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Thank you for this video, wow this helped me alot, love all ur videos!!!!!!

  36. Ashley Victoria August 12, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Hey maya love the video and that beautiful face of yours !! Quick question, What kind of tripod do you use? Need one that’s sturdy enough to hold my heavy camera. Love ya!

  37. Kalei Lagunero August 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Love Tech Talks! Thank you Maya! Love you!

  38. Kissa Webb August 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Great tips. Thank you MAYA!

  39. Helloo Shanti August 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Love your diff hairstyle in the video and the food too. About to have these food pics popping

  40. Justin C August 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Maya you are the bomb!!! Thank you for the video!! ??

  41. Ciara Can Cook August 12, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Thank youuuu ??????

  42. Murder, was the Case August 12, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Think video is great Maya ?? I’ve been binge watching Peter McKinnon trying to get my photography skills up and this video just took it to a new level! I really need to get a remote too ?

  43. whits water August 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    This was awesome!

  44. Kisha J. August 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Hmm never heard of thrive, might try them. Brandless is a great for organic products too, and all of their products are $3

  45. Kisha J. August 12, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Shameless Maya How do you store all of your equipment and props? Especially the stuff that you don't travel with.

  46. Angela Williams August 12, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Enjoyed the video !!!

  47. Ttk Jinadu August 12, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Your skin glows, nice video

  48. Alexis Giselle August 12, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Thrives Not available in Canada waaaahhhhh ?

  49. Shanny && Anni August 12, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Great video! Super helpful tips!!

  50. Zoeniete August 13, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Do you have a link to purchase the tripod? I am currently looking into purchasing one and would love to use your code to give you the credit

  51. Jazmin Bailey August 13, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Maya! Could you do a video regarding the Microsoft Surface they gifted you? Would you recommend that for someone wanting to start a YouTube channel or would you recommend a MacBook Pro?

  52. Josh Eats August 13, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Yassss Thrive is cuuuute!! This is stuff
    I do too!!

  53. Felicia Gess August 13, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Love this

  54. QueenJ August 13, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Love this! Going to use the tops for my beauty/lifestyle blog.

  55. Cloe Haynes August 13, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Maya, I'm adding this to my favorites.  I take pics of my cakes and am always looking for ways to level up my game.  Thanks gurrrl.

  56. Edmond Edralin August 13, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Wat is ur ethnicity??

  57. Ume Osuoka August 14, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Why are you so good with everything? I love you ❤

  58. Alexandria Jones August 14, 2018 at 4:28 am


  59. Aja Nature August 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I wish I could like this 10000 times. Thank you so much for this video!!

  60. Felicia Hlongwane August 14, 2018 at 9:36 am

    But MAYA your edges are so layed please do a quick tutorial but love this video you always have great informative videos

  61. Arianna Elizabeth August 14, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Ugh sooo helpful once again ?????????????❤️ i love your channel so much ?

  62. Laura Wize August 14, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    I love these tech talks!! 🙂 Can you do one about how photograph accessories like jewelry and purses?

  63. Charlie Kelley August 14, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    So helpful

  64. RI CULTURE August 15, 2018 at 12:49 am

    This was so informative! I'm inspired boo!

  65. Hamsa Fouad August 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    i love your tech talk videos, i have them all bookmarked. THANK YOU

  66. Dominique Johnson August 15, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I needed this!

  67. Karly Kim August 15, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Yes love this video I was just thinking of doing a what I eat in a day video and this is really so so helpful! Very creative ideas! Super inspiring

  68. forever Mello August 15, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    When Ms. Shameless speaks, you listen. ???

  69. teaquiiLa August 15, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    I loveeeee tech talk !!!

  70. Hey Nique August 17, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Maya gurl…. dem baby hairs is laid!!

  71. Theresa M. aka 50Plus2013 August 18, 2018 at 6:13 am

    You are still the best. Thank you for sharing xoxo Theresa

  72. Wyetha Lipford August 22, 2018 at 2:47 am

    This has been so helpful…and a great refresher. Thanks Maya!

  73. Shimaa Emad August 23, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Omg you're sooooo pretty ?????

  74. kimkross August 24, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Love this!?

  75. meshelle_kimeko August 28, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Why the heck did I double tap ????‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️

  76. Wandeee August 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    This is AMAZING ?? love yaa

  77. HappygoCurly September 4, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    can you do one of these for beauty products? not makeup, but like shampoos, soaps, scrubs, etc?

  78. Danni Vasquez September 7, 2018 at 4:24 am

    I love tech talks!!

  79. mohamed machhoul September 8, 2018 at 4:57 pm

  80. Koboko Fitness September 10, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    This video is so soothing and aesthetic! I swear I think I could be your apprentice. Just sit there and watch the master slay all day! <3

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  82. JessieT MMailutha October 14, 2018 at 1:39 am

    I admire your skills Maya. I am glad I found you on Twitter and your link brought me here. New subie here

  83. bees Chile October 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Maya you are a professional.. ?Shout out from Germany ?

  84. Cintia Silva October 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    House tour

  85. Dulila October 21, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Thank you, thank you and thank you !!!

  86. MC9337 October 21, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    This video helps tremendously. Now I can be an expert in food photography without an intimidation. Thanks, luv! ❤️??

  87. Oleg Crivencko October 29, 2018 at 9:36 am

    ? ??

  88. Salmas Palette October 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Great idea on purchasing single tiles!

  89. Nancy F November 1, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you Maya! This was incredible easy and inspiring.

  90. Julio Gonzalez November 3, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    You are awesome thank you for the knowledge…may God continue to use you…

  91. piyachat suksomboon December 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    This is what I need !! Thank you for sharing

  92. B Foreal December 10, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    This video was so helpful thank you!

  93. RI CULTURE February 23, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Does a camera mount come with the c-stand?

  94. Novair Baloch February 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    i cant find your ( #mayatechtalk) on instagram

  95. Sandra Pauyo March 2, 2019 at 4:58 pm


  96. Mrs Linda's Healthy & Unique Recipes April 25, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Hey Maya, Love what you do.. I dont get a chance to watch videos as often as I'd like because I am on my Entrepreneurial journey and pretty busy working on not one Niche but 3.. and one of them is my Youtube channel where I share/prepare Healthy & Unique Recipes, along with Natural Cures. I'm reaching out to you because I love how you've been able to promote Healthy Food products.. This is something I would love to do.. on no only my YT channel but also my Instagram channels, only thing is I'm not sure how to linkup with and connect with Food companies and would love your input. Plus, although I'm passionate about helping people with my food ideas.. I'm losing interest in cooking and preparing meals.. but still wanted to be able to find ways to educate people and I love what I saw you do here. That being said.. can you give me a few pointers. I started my Youtube channel in March or April of 2018 and it simply hasn't taken off like I've expected it to.. One reason might be as I recently discovered is.. the name does reflect what it truly is: ) Any advice would be helpful Thanks!!

  97. Mrs Linda's Healthy & Unique Recipes April 25, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Oops! I haven't exactly changed the name to my video yet it is actually called "MrsLindasCorner" I'm in the process of updating the name: )

  98. t_ n_rasberry June 16, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Your skin looks amazing in here

  99. Julia Kiiyala July 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    You are a goddess. Thank you! ❤️

  100. DylanGamingPlayz August 7, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Thank you so much I’ve wanted to learn this for so long btw love ur voice

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