I learned the hard way that there are plates that will look good in front of the camera, ones that will look bad, and ones that will really make your food pop! Here are the best food photography plates that will really make your food pop!
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Over the years, I’ve found myself just using a couple of my plates. I stick to them because they are a great size, the colors make my food pop, and they fit within my style.
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Before I share some favorite plates, here are my tips to keep in mind when looking for food photography plates
- Buy salad plates. Size matters. I started out using 12 inch dinner plates, and my food either drowned in the plate (that’s white space that no one wants) or I had to double my recipes to have enough food to fill the plate. Salad plates are great because they look big enough, but you don’t have to fill it up completely
- Keep it simple. Let your food do the talking, stick to neutral plates. Obviously there is nuance to this, but it’s a great place to get started then play around more later.
Here are my favorite food photography plates
This one I got from West Elm. Random plate in the sale section, but it’s my favorite, hands down. Unfortunately I haven’t seen it since. Sorry I don’t have a link for it.
I got this plate (salad sized) from West Elm as well, actually my mom did. Isn’t this a great gift for a food blogger? She’s the best, and has incredible taste, so that’s even better. I grab this plate when I’m photographing a food that isn’t super colorful.
These beautiful ceramic plates (this style, but salad sized) came from local Salt Lake potter, CM Ceramics. They were on sale and I snagged these gorgeous earthy textured plates.
Quick buying tips
- Search the sale section. Luckily you usually just need 1-2 plates for a great photo, so there will be more options for you.
- Mix & match. Uniformity does have a place, but if you find a couple simple, similar plates, go for it! A little mis matching adds interest without distraction
- Go true white or slightly off white. This will help you adjust white balance, or at least know that your plate won’t be true white (if it’s really not). that’ll save you a lot of frustration while you’re editing.
Check out other food bloggers favorite plates:
I love these white plates from Crate & Barrel because the color is a true white. It helps me adjust the white balance to make colors in my recipes as true-to-life as possible. I also like that they are slightly imperfect, so the raised edges add some visual interest without distracting from the food. I have them in two sizes (dinner plate and salad plate) so no matter what I’m shooting, I can size the portions appropriately and get a great shot! – Cara Harbstreet, MS RD LD of Street Smart Nutrition
I love [this plate] because it has a angular feel to it (even though it is circular!) It always looks great in photos, isn’t too big so the food fills the space but also because of the higher sides it looks good when food isn’t piled high. It also has a wonderful battered look and isn’t too shiny. Claire McEwen of Sprinkles & Sprouts.
I love the simplicity of [this plate], but the little lip adds some interest. It is big enough to plate a meal on, but also an appetizer and when I was first starting out I found it easy to style. Claire McEwen of Sprinkles & Sprouts.
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***I have included links to some of my favorite photography plates, I have not been paid to sponsor any, and do not receive any kickback if you purchase any of them.***