Do you have a bakery/cafe or home business or are you social media butterfly with a love for food? Then I am sure you want to post drool-worthy photos of your the dishes on your social profiles.
But for that just having the fanciest DSLR camera or mobile won’t cut it. If you cannot make the food on the plate look like a work of art, no camera will be useful.
So how do you style your food in a way that makes people go weak in the knees? Well, here are some basic tips every newbie will find helpful.
1. Turn the ingredients into props
Did you use strawberries, blueberries or chocolate in your dessert? Well, believe or not, they make for excellent props as well. Not just that, using ingredients as props also gives the customers an idea of the ingredients used and the flavors they can expect.
But make sure you use only fresh ingredients for the photography even if that means having to go to the supermarket again and spending hours digging through a bunch of apples and strawberries.
This is one of the easiest ways to amp up your food photos and won’t burn a hole in your pocket either.
2. Undercook the dishes
Yes, it is true, most of the food you see in the photos can give you a severe case of diarrhea. The reason the food is left uncooked is that cooked food does not have the same vibrancy. For example, skin on the meat wrinkles within minutes after it is out of the oven.
Similarly, once you add in the dressing to your salad, the leaves start to wilt which is mainly because of the acidity. So make sure you add it as late as possible so the greens glisten and give you the best possible shot.
3. Garnish the food
Ask any chef and they will tell you that garnish is as important as any other ingredients in the recipe for that perfect taste. And it will just as well elevate the food pic as well.
Don’t believe me? Just take a before and after photo of soup after you sprinkle some chives on it and you’ll know exactly what I mean.
One of the few things to keep in mind is that when using herbs, they should be fresh and green. Herbs oxidize quickly so if you aren’t shooting immediately, wrap then in a wet towel and store them in the fridge. Plus, they should go in tandem with the dish cooked.
Another pro tip is to place the herbs in an ice bowl and just pat them dry using a towel before placing them in the composition as it will make them more vibrant.
Sauces are a great way to add finishing touches to all kinds of dishes. For example, drizzling some chocolate or caramel sauce on a brownie really amps up not just the taste but also the photo. Similarly, Hollandaise sauce works amazingly well with Salmon.
Just make sure you pair the sauce with the right kind of meat/dessert. Also, you’ll need to make the sauces slightly thicker than normal so it does not run all over the plate.