1. Undercook your food. As food cooks, it loses moisture and shrinks as it cools.
2. If you can afford it, buy two of what you're shooting.
3. Make sure your prep is meticulous. Get rid of anything wilted, old or unsightly. Cut, chop and slice precisely.
4. When designing a plate, consider colour (contrasting or complementary), texture and balance.
5. Create elevation and movement. Prop pieces up from the back to create definition.
6. Plan for the use of garnishes. Have appropriate herbs, lemon or limes, or extra ingredients to use if needed.
7. Know that cool food photographs better than hot food.
8. Use any available light.
9. Study food photographs you like. What do they have in common?
10. Remember less is more; the camera's eye is different to your eye.
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