Salads are a very healthy food option and they also complement a lot of main course dishes. The nutritive value and easy preparation makes them a big hit with especially those who want to reduce weight and eat healthy.
Scores of cookery books are filled with photos of scrumptious salads which look fresh and adorable. Photographing salads can be a very colourful experience, since salads are mostly made of leafy veggies, mushrooms and raw ingredients untouched by discolouration caused due to cooking it.
So follow these pointers which will help you style your salads for photos and make it look bouncy and colourful.
1. Check out the most popular salad photos on sites like Pinterest. You will notice that almost all are well lit and do not have a human in the frame. They are colour, full of texture and look fresh. That is exactly how a salad should look like in a photo.
2. A bowl full of fresh salad might look appetizing, but it is a task to make it to fill up a big bowl. Here is a trick many food photographers use – they either keep in inverted smaller bowl upside down, or fill it up with mashed potatoes or cereal to fill up the bowl. So on top of it, very little salad would be needed and the bowl will still look full!
3. One way of making salads look fresh and their colours vibrant is to mist it with cold water. That also gives them a shine which reflects well in a photo.
4. Salad dressings are mostly avoided since it makes it slippery and soggy. You can either mix the herbs and spices in oil and apply it with brush on top of the salad, or you can simply add the salad and dressing and then again garnish with the salad so that the dressing is not prominently visible.
5. The life of fruit salads in terms of food photography is very short, so it is important to shoot as soon as the fruits are cut.
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