Many like taking food photos from top down. Some prefer a side view. Which is better? Top or bottom? Depends on the subject but most of the time it is a matter of personal taste.
As you may have noticed, I usually shoot food from an angle lower than 45 degree to near parallel. That way the dish appears more 3-dimensional and you see its texture better. A diagonal angle will appear more natural since it is closer to a seated diner’s POV.
If the layout or presentation is nice, it is worth exploring from the top. Some dishes, table surface or cutlery (when combined) lend itself to an overhead view.
At Nadeje Melaka Mille Crepe’s, the table top was a nice glossy black. The outdoor seating area also had nice diffused sunlight coming in. That allowed a clean and minimalist look. I framed the picture with the OM-D’s AMOLED screen tilted up.
Photographed here: Nadeje’s Iced Malacca Coffee Latte, Pineapple Donut and Double Choclate Mille Crepe Cake.
Nadeje’s PJ branch is at B-01-01, Dataran 3 Two Square, Jalan 19/1, 46300 Petaling Jaya.
Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f5, 1/60 sec.