Food Photography with the HTC One

Bad food photography is everywhere, filling our Facebook news feed and Yelp reviews with images that should never make it out of our phones gallery. We see it perpetrated every time we eat out; yet we stand by idly while even our closest friends blind us with their flashes and bore us with their filters.

That ends now. The HTC One is here to help you capture those canapés and carpaccios the right way.

Why is the new HTC One “The Foodie Phone”? Well, the camera features a 4.3 UltraPixel camera, which can pick up to 300% more light than other more traditional megapixel cameras. How? Pretty simple, actually. The pixels are larger and larger pixel = more light, but without the graininess you get when you just add ‘more pixels’. Very handy in a dark restaurant where low-light photos are the norm.

FoodiePostFEATUREDEven with a cameraphone as great as the HTC One (and it is!), there are some useful tips & tricks you can use to take foodie shots you’ll be proud to Instagram.


Using flash creates harsh shadows.

Flash is the WORST: First thing’s first…Turn the flash off! Always. 95 percent of the time your plate will be white. That flash will create harsh shadows that won’t do the food any favors, as well as give your background the blackout treatment. Your plate will have the appearance of floating in outer space. This is the biggest offense to foodie pics, most likely done because you lack proper lighting. Which brings us to the next pointer…

Window seat, please: The kindest light is the one provided by the big burning orb in the sky. Yes, sunlight will do you (and your food shots) enormous favors. So, if you’re planning to take a bunch of pictures at brunch, ask for a table near the windows.

Keep your menu…for shade: Fun little trick, if you’re battling overhead light that is really harshin’ your hash; use the menu to block out the overhead light. Again, shadows are a food photographer’s enemy, so use the ambient light instead of direct (or specular) light make your food appear more appetizing.

Find your (white) balance: The most overlooked or misunderstood aspect in food photography is lighting. Before shooting, go to Menu and select White Balance. There you can select between Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight and Cloudy to better match your surroundings. Base your choice on what gives you a “truer” white. You may be outdoors, and using Auto, instead of Daylight, will give you a slightly bluish tone.




Outdoor vs. indoor lighting can affect color tone. Make sure to adjust the white balance before shooting to get the right look.


The result should be fantastic low-light food shots. Dimly lit restaurants will soon be getting the royal treatment from your One, making chefs and food bloggers equally pleased with the output. Don’t believe me? Check out these foodie shots taken with HTC devices.

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  • http://twitter.com/Noschiii Scene Wolf

    Love it how you make these little “tutorials” 😀 .

  • lena

    found some nice HTC ONE food shots on youtube: http://youtu.be/x3UsUybB9Bg 🙂

  • Chhayrithy Chhuan

    these are very helpful!

  • Horus Jarilo

    Not a very helpful gallery – stretching those 4MP photos on fuul screen :/ Nice photos though.

    • Nick Sherrill

      Yeah, limitations of the gallery software unfortunately. Sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003850510022 Michael Brown

    But the best photos in the Gallery where taken from a One X+ (which does not have ultrapixels, but more megapixels

  • xnay

    Why didn’t you just put the 13 MP RS inside, would be so less problematic 😉

  • Diane

    Great tips! I take all my pictures with my phone now. Much handier than carrying my SLR everywhere I go. Pictures taken inside don’t turn out the best but we do with what we have. Natural lighting is still the best way to go if you can help it.

    I really do think it’s important to have a good camera on the phone nowadays.