Even the least decadent of desserts can make for a sweet addition to your personal blog or Instagram. From giant milkshakes to extravagant cakes, dessert photography has become a vehicle for bakers and confectioners to show off their technical mastery of beautifully presented treats. So whether you’re a food blogger or an Instagram aficionado, these tips will help you snap your most hunger-inducing dessert photos yet.


Frame your shot intentionally. Let your subject own the space and pay attention to shapes and colors to make the most of your composition. The edges of your photo are the first shape to consider. From there you can arrange and crop your shot in a way that highlights the shapes and packaging of your dessert.

If you’re shooting overhead, a camera with a tilting touchscreen will help you avoid having to stand on the table to get your shot.

Shot by Olympus User Gallery Contributor Mario Rebelo with an Olympus OM-D Camera | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Lens | 1/20 sec | F3.5 | ISO400


Close-up shots are a popular choice to bring desserts to life because it’s the best way to focus on fun textures from sprinkles, icing, or chocolate chips. One way to do this is to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) by widening your lens’s aperture (F1-F4). A wider aperture will soften parts of your shot to draw more focus to your subject.

Shot by Olympus User Gallery Contributor Philip Champagne with an Olympus OM-D Camera | M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 Lens | 1/13 sec | F1.8 | ISO200


There are few things more satisfying than watching powdered sugar sprinkled over a funnel cake or hot fudge drizzled over ice cream. But it takes a bit of finesse to capture the action in a way that makes it look as good in a photo as it does in person.

Use a fast shutter speed to freeze motion in your image. Cameras with image stabilization will give you more freedom to use slower shutter speeds without risking unintentional blur from camera shake.

Shot by Jen Shin with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera | M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 Lens | 1/40 sec | F8 | ISO100

Last but not least, remember that when it comes to food photography, the background is often as important as the dessert itself. You’ll know you’ve succeeded when your followers find themselves craving double-decker chocolate cheesecake at the very site of your shot.