7 Food photography & styling facts you probably didn't know about

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If you are one of those who think that food photography is all about a photographer and food, you are wrong. There is a person called food stylist, yes a stylist. What's his job? His job is to create a scene for food photography, use props etc to enhance photos, like a decorator. You won't believe that many a times, the photo looks so deliciously tempting, but infact, it isn't edible. It is made of some artificial things that you probably will never eat. Read on, to know more about food photography facts like these and get surprised.

The food stylist use various techniques to make their food look as attractive as possible. For these a lot of brain storming is done as to what to choose, how to prepare for it, how to compose the plated food etc etc. Read on for some of surprising food styling facts.

  1. Instead of the natural steam food stylists use air nebulizers or a combination of chemicals that give off smoke that gives the appearance of steam.
  2. Food stylists keep spraying food with water or mixtures of water, corn syrup, or other liquids to keep food looking fresh.
  3. To simulate an ice cream and photograph it, food stylist use or make a mixture of solid shortening, corn syrup, and powdered sugar (essentially a very stiff frosting) that can be scooped.
  4. Browning agents are used to enhance the color/brownness of cooked meats and poultry.
  5. While photographing cereal food stylists use heavy cream instead of milk. It prevent flakes from becoming soggy too quickly in bowls of cereal to prevent flakes from becoming soggy too quickly.
  6. When they photograph green vegetables, they blanch it to bring up the bright green color. And most of the time, they don't cook it completely. All this is done to retain the color and prevent wrinkles.
  7. To make light filter through better & add sparkle to the drink / beverages, stylists add water to it.

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