If something in the kitchen smells good, then it is time to bring out the camera as well. Food photography is not as easy as it sounds, because you might not do justice to your dish or recipe if you don;t put in a little effort.
Yes, you slogged in the kitchen to prepare the food, not put in half as much into photographing it and you are gold!
Here is a basic guide to those who are looking to get great photos of the food they eat. A couple of more tips will follow in our next post, but for the time being, this is what you need to focus on:
1. Do not use flash. That just spoils the setting and focuses light only on a certain part of the dish. Turn the camera’s built-in flash off before you start clicking food photo. Use an external flash or a bounce flash if the lighting is bad.
2. Shoot photo when the dish is hot and straight off the flame. If you wait for it to cool down, then it might get wrinkles on it or loose it’s colouring.
3. Make an effort to plate up the dish. Don’t just toss it onto a normal plate for photos. Bring out the elaborate cutlery and platters.
4. Get up close when you are shooting food. The closer you get, the more texture, colour and deliciousness you can hope to get in your photos.
5. Try different angles, other than the one that meets the eye when one is sitting at the table. Shoot from straight up, or scoop down to a 180 degree level and you will notice that food looks different from different angles.
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