tips of food photography by the “divas” of “allarsh”

Tip#1
If you are a beginner in food blogging and want to start taking gorgeous food pictures you need to know few things. You need to attempt and practice to master the art of it. The first tip for a good photography is
NATURAL LIGHTING-
 Here are some of the pictures that I have shot in natural light:
1)A good amount of natural light is the key factor towards clicking bright and appealing food pictures. Try to find out the best source of sunlight in your house. It could be your kitchen, bed room or living room. Keep the search on.
2)It is also important to find out the best and suitable timings for lighting in your house. It could be morning, mid-noon or noon,
3)Always shoot in natural light and NEVER use flash for food pictures. It can be a big turn off as it spoils the pictures.
4)Also please do not shoot in direct sunlight as it can be very harsh on the pictures.
So please take the advantage of natural light so as to make your food pictures look fresh and drool worthy.
                                                                         By Hetal kamdar Tip#2
Don’t Let the food sit in the plate or prop used for too long.
  • We as photographers sometimes do not realize the importance of set time frames that are pretty significant, when it comes to Food Photography.
  • Best examples are when any cooked meat  is kept for a longer time it loses its sheen and becomes too dry, which does lead to poor photography.
  • So brushing the dry meat with a little oil does the magic.
  • Herbs tend to wither off very soon, keeping them fresh and crisp is a job of utmost importance, placing herbs in Ice cold water does help.
  • In short sticking to time frames is very important, so that the food in the photographs looks refreshing, scrumptious, appealing and appetizing.
Creating a WOW factor is indeed a must.
                                                              By Reetu Uday Kugaji 
                                                         
Tip#3 Choose your background carefully. Don’t always use the same background for each picture. The background that provides good contrast with the food is an important factor of food photograph.
                                                                            By Shibani Hota     
    Tip#4
 You must pick a piece of wood. Stain and paint it. Tablecloths, chopping boards, cotton clothes, grocery bags and slabs of sheets are some good option to shoot any image.
                                                                   By Shibani Hota
Tip#5
  • Sometimes placing a plate on the table isn’t enough to click any image. Pay attention to the arrangement of food. But don’t clutter the photo with a full table arrangement.
  • Simply a napkin , glasses, utensils, fork & spoons or flowers can make your photo more engaging.
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                        By Shibani Hota
Tip#6
 Don’t forget to garnish a dish. Garnishing makes a dish more attractive.
   
 
                                                             By Shibani Hota
 
TIP#7:
choose your plate wisely. Use small or medium side bowls or plate instead of full size dinner plates. A little food in a small plate look more prominent and appetizing.
TIP#8:
  Variety is very important. Try to take pictures from different angles and direction. Different angles are important to choose your best photo among all the pictures.
 
                                                                     By Shibani Hota
Tip#9:
 Photography is an art, don’t try and rationalize it and make it a logical mathematical problem. The more you enjoy it, the more rewarding the hobby gets. Don’t follow trends, do what your heart wants in case of commercial work you need to follow a brief. That’s not the time to follow your heart. Look at the colors, the quality of light, the placement of props, framing and play around with what you have be it light or props. Try different directions of light, back light, side light, front light. Try different colors. Buy reasonably good equipment and  learn how to use it.If you are starting out , keep it simple - use adequate light, keeps props minimum and shoot. Try using fresh produce, it is easier to handle. Read about photography, try different kinds of photography, not just food. Most important - enjoy it !!
 While photographing a traditional food, try and keep the mood of the image true to the dish. I photographer the jamun with an rich Indian feel, so as to give a festive mood to the image.
                                                                       By Simi Jois
Tip#10:
 
 Use your aperture to create a depth of field that will help you narrate your story. If you want the dish to pop and the background to be just a soft bokeh - keep your lens wide open to an aperture of f/3.2-f/4.5. It will create a nice shallow depth of field. 
                                                                     By Simi Jois
Tip#11
 
Don’t be afraid of harsh light, create deep shadows with black cards or opaque things around you and play with it to create a story. The orange juice was shot in sunlight with shadows from trees and some black cards I used to block light.
                                                                  By Simi Jois
Tip#12:
Use complementary and supplementary colors to create a visual story. Brown and blue compliment each-other and create a very pleasing visual sight. In case you are not good with colors use a color wheel.
                                                                By Simi Jois
Tip#13:
Look at the image , colors, light, placement of prop, angle, lens and framing :wholistically. Is it pleasing to your eyes, does it tell you a story, do you want to look at it?? It will be aesthetically pleasing. 
                                                                      By Simi Jois  Tip#14:
Understand the Rule of Thirds:
 
Imagine the frame to be nine boxes and place your food in such a way that it covers 1/3 rd of the frame. This way your photo will look more balanced and will enable the viewer to perceive the photographs more naturally.                                                                                                                                     By Alka Jena
 
 
 
 Tips#15:
 Use of negative space:
There is no need  to fill the image with props and colours. But negative space or white space can be used brilliantly to bring out a picture beautifully.                                                                             By Alka Jena                                                                                                                                                    Tip#16:
Create drama with positioning your dishes  and props so that it seem to be cascading down the frame.
                                                     
                                                                              By Alka Jena
Tip#17: 
  Framing
Your framing of food would require you to expose enough to give the viewer a taste, but leave them craving for more. 
                                                                             By  Alka Jena
 
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