A Complete Guide to Lighting, Shooting, and Editing a Cooking Video

How do filmmakers manage to make food look so good on-camera?

Maybe your dream is to work on a cooking show. Maybe you want to start your own Tasty-style channel on YouTube. Maybe you're just a filmmaker who is super obsessed with food. Whatever your situation might be, filmora.io wants to show you the techniques professionals use to get delicious dishes looking so damn good. In their Food Series, you get to learn many different cinematic techniques, including how to light, shoot, and edit your footage to not only make your food look amazing, but to also make your cooking videos entertaining to watch. Check out the series intro below:


The first lesson goes over lighting and how to build a two-light setup that makes your food look appetizing as well as stylish. This is a great tutorial for those who may not have a whole lot of lights to work with, but still want their work to look professional and put together.


There are a few things at play in today's cooking videos. Extreme close ups, slow tracking shots, and even completely static cams (thanks to Tasty) are very popular right now. Another camera technique that is en vogue at the moment is slow motion shots, so if that's the look you're going for, make sure that your camera can shoot in at least 60 fps (higher is better) so you end up with clean and clear footage when you slow it all down in post. (Bacon sizzling in a cast iron skillet in slow motion is basically porn.)


The editing room is where all cinematic elements come together, which means that a lot is riding on you when you do eventually head into post. You have to think about everything from pacing to continuity, but Filmora shows you a few techniques you can use to jazz up your video and make it something people would want to watch, including how to use different transitions and jump cuts.

There are more videos in Filmora's Food Series with plenty more to learn. If you want to check them out, head on over to Filmora's website    

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Honestly.... terrible food lighting.

April 29, 2017 at 9:50PM, Edited April 29, 9:50PM

Torben Greve

I'm with him. ^^

I try not to be too critical on this stuff, but if you're doing an instructional video, you should know how to do it yourself. Contrast was WAY too high, editing wasn't cohesive.

These cats have to not rely on slo-mo footage to obtain 'production quality'.

April 30, 2017 at 10:53AM

Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker

Yep, that lighting was pretty terrible, editing wasn't shining either. I honestly hope people don't take this as an example of a well-shot food spot.

May 1, 2017 at 1:32AM

Gleb Volkov
Director of Photography

I sometimes tend to be a bit negative on these but honestly I don't think this is bad at all. It's fun, looks yum and makes you want give them a try. It describes the process well (recipe). I think too many creative people tend to miss the forest for the trees, me included at times. Lighten up dudes .... the lighting is not terrible, slo-mo is always used in food, and no one is going to end up with bad habits watching this!

May 1, 2017 at 3:32PM, Edited May 1, 3:32PM