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10 Tricks to Follow by Food Photographers

Author: Sameer Tendulkar
by Sameer Tendulkar
Posted: Oct 26, 2015
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Food photography is a specialized method of commercial photography to produce attractive photographs of various food items to make it aesthetically delicious just by looking at it. These are widely used in advertisements, packaging, restaurant menu, cookbooks and so on. But it may not be as simple as it may sound. There are various techniques and tricks that food photographers in Mumbai should know:

  1. 1. Composing the Photograph:

The photographs should be composed and shot in the exact same way as it would appear on the dining table in front of a person. Just visualize how it would appear to you when the food is served to you on the table.

  1. 2. Creating the mood:

For any good Indian food photography lightings plays a vital role in creating the mood. So instead of a natural light a controlled light environment is advisable for food photographers in Mumbai.

  1. 3. Keep it pleasing

Be sure to use a diffusers and reflectors along with the light source to make the photographs to look pleasant for the eyes. As for background a plain backdrop will never go wrong.

  1. 4. Give the photography a live touch:

It’s an art to visually portray the food how it would feel if it was really in front of you. For example, a soup is always served hot, so to make it visually hot capturing the steam artfully will give your Indian food photography a nice click! A nebulizers can be used to create steam.

  1. 5. Angle It:

As it is still life photography, take a lot of photographs in various angles and positions around the subject, and compare them later to choose the photograph that pleases you.

  1. 6. Gear Matters:

Although you don’t need a fancy camera, an entry level DSLR camera is a good choice to control the various parameters (Aperture, Shutter & ISO), which can be adjusted to get that perfect shot.

  1. 7. Working the Gear:

Although you might be having the best gear in the world you should use the optimum Aperture, shutter speed & ISO value to achieve the perfect shot. Put your DSLR to Aperture priority as it automatically controls shutter speed for the selected aperture. ISO value should be put to minimum. For a detailed background & subject use f/8 to f/13 aperture but for a blurred background & a crisp subject use f/2 to f/4 aperture.

  1. 8. Give a fresh look:

Pick the freshest ingredients for your shoot. The ingredient you have in the food should look aesthetically pleasing. Remove the wrinkled, charred or damaged ingredients from the plate. Brush the veggies with a bit of olive oil to make it to look fresh.

9. Keep it simple & clean:

Make sure the plates and props holding the food is spotless clean. Plates and cutlery makes great extra props but don’t overuse it. Take out stuffs & things that are distracting. Arrange your food/props elegantly.

  1. 10. Post production:

Post production is as important as shooting itself. Pro photographers use software like Adobe lightroom & Adobe Photoshop to tweak a enhance their photos. So adjusting the white balance, colour temperature, lens correction, contrast levels & sharpness will truly bring your photos alive.

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Author: Sameer Tendulkar

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