How I approach Editing Food Photos in Lightroom

When I first started talking to people about writing this blog post and sharing a video of exactly how I go about editing food photos, they told me I was crazy. They told me that I shouldn’t share these details. They said I should wrap everything up into a course and sell an ebook or webinar about it. I won’t lie, the thought has definitely crossed my mind but then I remembered when I opened Lightroom for the very first time and how overwhelming it was. THERE WERE SO MANY BUTTONS!

This video is not an in depth Lightroom user video but rather just a quick tutorial on how I use Lightroom to edit my food images.

I edit a lot of chocolate photos and there are a few things that I do differently when I edit something chocolatey versus something colorful. One of them being the clarity. I always bump the clarity slider quite high when editing chocolate because I feel it really gives the chocolate a depth that it otherwise loses without it.

Camera being held up on pink background and how I edit food photos

My Food Photography Equipment


I’m a firm believer that you don’t need the most expensive camera, lights or backdrops to get gorgeous photos–you just need to understand light, composition and editing. With that being said, you don’t have to dish out thousands of dollars on camera equipment to achieve success in this industry. I promise you that whatever camera you have, you can make beautiful photos using it! To read more about what camera gear I have and my lighting setup, click here.

How I approach Editing Food Photos in Lightroom

In this video I walk you through how I approach editing food photos in Lightroom’s Develop module. Lightroom is my program of choice because I find it to be the most user friendly and so far in my career I haven’t really encountered an editing problem I couldn’t solve using Lightroom but then again, I don’t do any crazy edits or graphics.

Keep in mind that this is how I edit my images and it’s certainly not the only way to do it or necessarily the most efficient or best way to edit food photos. I encourage you to develop your own style and editing routine.

This is how I edited my food images (specifically chocolate images) for my own personal preference. If you have any questions, leave a comment below!
I take an image that was “meh” and make it pop!

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