1. Clear the Clutter
Before you take a shot, make sure the background isn't cluttered with extra stuff, like salt shakers, napkins and such.
2. Angle is Everything
When you're shooting food (or anything else, really), try a few different angles to see which works best. I love the "from-above" angle, but that's not always going to work best.
3. A Little Background
I love the shots that show a little bit of what went into the making or enjoying of a dish. Show the ingredients, your messy hands, the bite out of one of the cookies.
4. Make It Fun!
Sometimes it's fun to play with the shot a little bit, showing your creative, goofy side. Show yourself taking a bite of something ooey-gooey, or put your food in context - what are you doing with that sandwich or pizza? Where are you?
5. Light It up
Flash is usually a no-no, so try to go with natural light when you can. Play with the light and shadows too, to help create a mood.
6. Filter for Fun
I don't usually like filters, but they can be fun, too! Try a few and see if there's one you like.
Composites seem made for food shots, don't they? Play around with showing off your meal from different angles, or in different stages, in one composite shot. So, my foodie friends, do you have any other meal-shooting and sharing tips to share? Do tell!