Indian food is an exciting territory for you to experiment with if you are into food photography. Indian food has a great variety and colours which makes photographing them an absolute delight.
Normally, Indian dishes are associated with curries, vegetables and home made breads. But there are a lot of things which accompany this in a meal. Also, the fact that every part of India has a different cuisine and a way of serving, makes it a very tricky thing to style and photograph it.
Meat and seafood is not a part of every meal, so applying the same rules for photographing Indian food as other cuisines is not a great idea. The basics are the same, but there are ways in which you have to show it’s origins and serving styles.
If you need help, then here we are, with some tips which will help you in styling Indian food and photographing them in a way which will make people think you are in India itself!
1. Do your homework well. Browse through as many pictures of Indian food as you can to get a hang of what you are dealing with. You can also check Indian Food Photography on Pinterest, which will give you a fair idea.
2. Indian cuisine is all about spices and fresh ingredients. One option is to incorporate these whole spices or fresh veggies in the photo along with the finished recipe. This will not only be a cool way to style it, but will also give an idea of what goes into the dish.
3. What you serve your food in will make all the difference. A person’s full meal can be served in a plat, known as a thali, and can be photographed as a stand-alone item. However, curries, vegetables fried in flour batter, breads like naan and roti, or non-vegetarian items like kabab, rogan josh, chicken curry or fish curry should be served in special copper, brass or steel bowls – as it is served in India. Style it with authentic block printed Indian fabric as table cloth or an ancient Indian painting in the background to give it a proper touch.
4. If you are not going to go into the details of every dish, then you can broadly categories Indian food into North Indian and South Indian. Each has two three typical indgredients which go into the making of it. Highlight that with your photography.
5. Every meal has many accompaniments, like pickle, curd salad, papad, chutney etc. Include that in your photography accordingly to give it an authentic look.
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