The cake may not be the main point of an occasion, but it can certainly make an occasion more memorable.
With all the effort, design and decoration put into making a cake it is usually worth preserving with a few photos. In some big occasions, like a wedding, an immaculate image of the cake is considered essential.
– Look at the cake from all angles and find what looks best. There might be more than one good angle; you can take more than one photo.
– Try to use natural light if possible. Light and shadow should bring out the details not obscure any part of the cake.
– If you use artificial light it is often best to use soft light reflected off a surface rather than direct illumination. But direct light at the appropriate angle can work in some situations.
– A few related item around the cake, like wedding ornaments or birthday presents, can work well. But the cake should be the main photo.
– Try to have a sharply focuses cake image with a blurred background. A long camera lens, 100 to 200mm, is idea for this, Avoid a wide lens which will distort the proportions of the cake.
– Smaller digital cameras often have a few pre-sets. Try the ‘culinary’ presenting if it has one.
– Smartphones take better photos than one might expect. This is partly because of the software algorithms, but largely because we can see the photo as we take it. It is a fairly simple matter to move the camera around until we find a good image, and then take the photo.
White cakes are notoriously difficult to photography, especially with automatic cameras. Like the white bridal dress they confuse the automatic sensors of the camera, so the photo tend to be underexposed.
These type of photos tend to be best taken with higher end equipment and experienced photographers.
A memorable cake is worth a few photos.