Wednesday, June 20, 2012

readerREQUEST : FOOD-TOGRAPHY

As most of your know, photography and food are second to fashion when it comes to my 'Interest' list.. That said, I often post my culinary tours both on the blog and my latest favorite social media, Instagram. I am steering away from my usual fashion posts because I do feel that a breath of new topic is a need once every blue days.
No I am not making a food guide for Jakarta (that would be too much work for me to collect the images all over this traffic damned city). Instead, I will be sharing some food photography tips! Part of my new year resolution was to try to cater to YOUR posting wants.. A couple of readers have asked me to do a food photography tutorial and here it is !
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before you start, I'd recommend on understanding the terms : aperture, white balance, and shutter speed (google !) also, keep in mind that these tips are pretty basic. Therefore, they can be applied to other photography categories such as fashion portraits, product or even your everyday shots!

TIP 1 : Master your Camera Functions
Whether you have a Leica, an EOS like me, or just an iPhone, the best you can do is learn how to make use out of your camera's abilities (I'm sounding like a Pokemon guru now). Some point-and-shoot cameras even have manual control over aperture and shutter speed now. make use of that and stop using auto...
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photo by carissa vicky

TIP 2 : Set your Food Nicely
Sounds stupid to be putting this for numero 2 but this is actually crucial. Think about it.. Your home made pasta vs that pasta at a fine dining resto. Not talking about the taste but restaurants tend to put extra garnish, some black pepper cracks, and sauces in a certain way to tingle your taste buds. Also try to position your dishes and any complimentary utensils in the right place.
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good texture and color combination.. reds, greens, and a tinge of purple makes this a natural photogenic scene.

TIP 3 : Use Natural Lighting
Light coming from window does wonders for the food aesthetics. NO direct flash please ! External flash can do wonders but it's not exactly convenient especially when you're at a public place.
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natural light vs indoor spot light (see above and below). With the right settings, indoor artificial light from the ceiling can create a nice different ambient. Most halogen light (or whatever it's called) in restaurants give off a yellow cast. Set your white balance to prevent nasty yellow photos...
6-20062012

TIP 4 : Proportion & Angle !
Crucial for every photograph.. Best way to get the good angles is to PRACTICE! Even if you don't have a proper camera, use you phone camera to try and test different angles. You can also try to visualize how the food looks best in your head then try to replicate that image.
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TIP 5 : Browse
Still relevant to the previous tip, my second last tip is to browse and check out food photographs. Not only will you drool :P, but you can study the food styling and different angles out can try out next time :)
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this was shot from a point-and-shoot cam. angles from above can work well too

TIP 6 : Focus Point
Make sure to focus on the food because you are photographing the food in the first place. Emit any distracting background (towels, tissues, phones, or the ciggy in this case), and point the focus point on your camera to the correct spot. Lastly, hold the camera steady so that your pictures are crisp clear.
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On certain photographs (like above), I use a large aperture at f/2.0 or below. This means that I have to carefully select my focus point in order to keep the subject in focus

TIP 7 : White Surface
Okay last tip ! you know one side of your food can look dark and the other side looking really bright even when you have the right settings? well, try this simple tip and that should solve that. Find a white sheet (can be napkins/paper placemats/etc) and place that on the opposite side of the light source.. You'll notice that the white surface reflects the light back nto the food, creating an even light :) simple, effective, and free !
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Well, that is all for now! one last tip (I know I said last in tip 6), is to edit the photos! Remember that most photos aren't published in raw form, use Photoshop or whatever to enhance. But always keep in mind that a fabulous RAW format photo is crucial to a fabulous end result..

HAPPY CAPTURING EVERYONE !

**please note that I am not a professional food photographer, I am just writing based on my experience and hobby**
I hope you enjoyed this post and do comment/email if you want more tutorial and/or questions


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39 comments:

Vania Aprilia said...

really great tips ci! :O my mind is like wide open now, thanks a lot <3

Love,
Pudding Monster

rock 'n' roll your life said...

tip 5 is the best one, looks soo yummy!!

Tannya Aditya said...

thanks for the tips! i'll surely practice em all :D

chelle said...

THANKS FOR THE TIPS!!!!! :DD

Malu Swartjes said...

Great tips!
xx
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diamond.prairie said...

Will try to remember your tips! Great photos + tutorial! Hope this also applies during nighttime dining; lighting in restaurants at night don't yield the same or similar results when during daylight. Any tips for that?

Yajaira said...

great photos
the food looks great
am hungry now

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Andrea said...

Genius post! You give such great advice, this is a wonderful idea.

Ken Raras Cestyakara said...

kewl! Very educating-post...

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Jeny said...

They're really good tips for practical food photography. Easy to understand too... Love all your food photo.
Btw is it taken at Madeleine Bistro Kemang?

MaTty said...

I LOVE THOSE PHOTOS!

Sarah Rizqi said...

This is the wonderful post. You're a good photographer.

Love,
Rainbow Passion

HitomiNeko said...

awesome tips! thank u !!!!!!!!

xoxo HitomiNeko xoxo
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Hana Fiona Tindjau said...

thank you for your lovely tips darl <3

obat herbal jerawat said...

thanks gan informasinya :)

Outbound di Malang said...

Kunci keberhasilan adalah menanamkan kebiasaan sepanjang hidup Anda untuk melakukan hal - hal yang Anda takuti.
tetap semangat tinggi untuk jalani hari ini ya gan ! ditunggu kunjungannya :D

CL said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I'll try them next time. :)

Girl With Plastic Camera said...

thanks for the tutorial!

Girl With Plastic Camera

SophiaCharles said...

So glad that you post something about photography tips! Thanks!!

xx
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Louise said...

great tips, thanks for them, they'll be very useful for me because I think my dad wants me to take photos of food for the menu of his restaurant :D

antonia said...

it looks delicious!!! great photo!!!!


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Gawgus things... said...

This a fantastic tutorial! I still really struggle with my photos :(

Emma xx

Melissa Tjioe ♥ said...

This is amazing.
thanks for the useful tips.
gonna try it soon.

xx,
Melissa

clara thomas said...

great tips! :D

Arpasiri N. said...

Thanks for tips : )
Really really love ur photos, so wonderful!!

feliciajesslyn said...

nice tips, I'm amazed! :D

Charlene Gondo said...

nice tips! You've done your job as a professional blogger very well!

Summer Flounce

Ribka said...

Thanks a lot! I really need these tips :D

Coffee Cream and the Caffeine said...

I do agree on the tips you were given here. Some people are relying too much on the auto-mode and one more tip probably. I know its not really crucial but cropping is also important. Tries to eliminate object that may distract the purpose of the photo, but remember to still maintain the proportion of the photo itself. btw this tip is just IMHO, btw the photos are lovely here !!

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Adeline Kusuma said...

Thank you very much. I'm still curious with aperture,hmmm.
Ini gabisa pake camera pocket ya? =P

dea said...

mmm yummy !!

Gita Andreina Ang said...

this is really really useful tips!!
Sometimes i find it's hard to get rid of the yellow lights(?) LOL
anyway, LOVE YOUR BLOG<333

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michelle_ said...

The photo with the steak was shot as night with artificial lighting from the restaurant only..usually those lights guve a yellow cast, set ur white balance u keep the colors looking as real as possible

michelle_ said...

Yup ! Most were at madeleine ;)

michelle_ said...

I agree cropping n angles are crucial ! We need to find the food's photogenic side lol...

michelle_ said...

Tergantung kamera pocket apa :) the photo with the coffee was shot with a pocket cam.. Point-and-shoot = pocket camera :)

michelle_ said...

Set ur white balance to get rid of the yellow light...

Mitha Komala said...

thanks a lot for the tips!! will keep them in mind ;) xx

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