Food enthusiasts and professional chefs who are always on the lookout for new recipes, will agree that before reading the recipe your eye first goes to the picture accompanying it. That is how powerful a food photo is, it can inspire people to cook it.
Such photos are not just a fantasy anymore. You can click them yourself and become not just a star chef but an awesome food photographer as well. You can shoot good photos with your point-and-shoot camera, which many people still use as opposed to their expensive professional counterparts.
True, that DSLRs produce high quality results, but there is no reason why you can’t get similar results with the help of a point-and-shoot camera as well. Follow these simple steps to know how:
1. Read your camera manual carefully before you start off. It might be boring, but will be extremely useful in helping your understand the equipment. Clean the lens so that spots or dust doesn’t ruin your photos.
2. Do your research on food photography thoroughly. Visit some cooking or photography sites to see what good food photos look like. You can also check Pinterest for some amazing photos. Make a list of what you like about a good photo, or what is it that puts you didn’t like. Use this info in your own photography.
3. Use Optical Zoom to get up close to the food. It looks best this way. The texture, ingredients, colour and vibrancy of a dish is clearly visible in a close-up photo.
4. Almost all digital cameras have Macro mode in them – the one which has a small tulip flower as it’s sign. This setting is meant for photographing small objects up close.
5. Since it is possible that you might be happy with a particular picture, but do not discard it as there is still scope to repair it. You can use editing softwares like PhotoShop or Picasa to polish the photo a little more. You can add light, increase exposure elements like Colour and brightness, and crop it to remove foreign items from the frame.
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