How To Use Food-Grade Paper To Get Beautiful Photo-Sizes

You might be surprised where this little experiment will lead. It’s true: you can use food-grade paper to create beautiful and eye-catching images.

But that’s not where this little experiment will lead! This one-time experiment with food-grade paper shows you how to create some stunning images using a $1.69 roll of paper. In the end, you’ll also understand what you need to know to create a picture that will actually be appealing to a wider audience.

My food-grade paper was my go-to for years in my photography. While it made the process easier in a couple ways, I still needed to have extra paper and I was having trouble doing anything with my own equipment like mixing together images into composites, which was the main reason I bought the roll.

At the time I was using my Nikon D500 and with the D500’s manual focus system, I can get a 100% on the first try, which made me really happy. But, over time it’s become apparent to me that I’ve gotten faster and better with my focusing and the results of the images are worse in practice.

So in a last ditch effort, I decided to do something about it. I purchased a couple of rolls of “Super Paper.” That was in March 2006, and by mid June I was using that $3 disposable plastic printer to print my own images.

The results were beautiful and they weren’t as easy to use as food-grade paper. The plastic did give me a nice solid, well-made product, while the paper was far from a great solution. The paper was easily scratched and in the end did not meet my standards.

After using up that last piece of paper, I decided to start over. I went back to the original roll and tried to pick up the quality, which I believe to be pretty close.

That’s a picture I made using that new roll of paper:

This last picture shows the results of that experiment. I think the results speak for themselves. It’s much cleaner, clearer looking, the light is better and yet the contrast between the light and shadows is much greater than when I was using the new roll of paper. The photos are no longer blurry or difficult to read and they’re actually pretty good.

There’s a lot of other good stuff that you can learn from that I’ve already shared in the past when working with food-grade paper. In fact, I recommend that anyone experimenting with food-grade paper to also go with this exact method. It’s not very difficult, and the photographs can be a bit better looking even though the light and shadows aren’t quite right.

I’m sure there are lots of other methods to create similar results, but this one does a remarkable job of creating beautiful images in some instances, and also has some practical uses in certain situations. And, I might not have had it worked out all through that experiment with my equipment, but it still made me feel like the world is a better place for having used it.  

What’s your take on using food-grade paper to create stunning (maybe even great looking) photographs for food blogs? If you’ve tried it and liked the results, comment below and let me know, but remember that this is a ONE-TIME TASK that doesn’t need to have been repeated at all.