How to Shoot Photos of Flying Food

Want to learn how to create a “flying food” photo without actually making food travel through the air? Food photographer Skyler Burt of We Eat Together made this 5.5-minute tutorial on one way to freeze time and space.

Levitating food is often seen in advertisements, allowing the viewer to see the individual ingredients of things like sandwiches and burgers.

“It’s really not that difficult of an image to create,” Burt says. “All you really need is something to rest your food on.”

For his food support, Burt uses two light stands and 24-gauge steel wire.

You’ll need to shoot three versions of the scene: one with the wires and food in it, one with just the person holding the plate, and one with only the background.

The food-less photos allow you to more easily remove the wires in Photoshop. Here’s what the finished photo looks like once everything has been cleaned up in Photoshop:

You can find more of Burt’s photography tutorials on his YouTube channel, We Eat Together.