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Food Photography tricks– decoded.

Food is love. Some restaurants do such a wonderful job with plating a dish that it looks too pretty to be eaten. These pretty images also make you want to pull out your trusty smart phone cameras and capture the art in the best possible way. However these images often don’t match up to the ones posted by posh bloggers and food magazines. Well, we’ve got a set of really cool tips and tricks that will help you to click mouthwatering images with just a simple click on your smart phone.

Ample lighting

Everyone loves a bright image and good lighting is a sure shot way to do it. The 1st and best option is to click your food photos in natural lighting because it makes your food look more appealing and the colours on your image more realistic and vibrant. The trick when you don’t have natural lighting is click photos against the source of light or to place the subject right below a ceiling light. Flash from your cell phone is best avoided.


An image is only as good as the way it is framed. An abruptly framed image won’t look as appetizing. Balance is crucial, irrespective of it being a symmetrical or an asymmetrical shot. Symmetrical shots are usually self-balanced and work well when you’re capturing food from the top angle. If the dish is placed to the left or right of the frame, make sure the other side has enough elements to strike a visual balance.

Play with elements

While capturing food, also pay keen attention to elements other than the food. Even something as simple as the cutlery or the tablecloth could add plenty of oomph to your photograph. Moreover, you can also add a more personal touch to the images with your hands in the frame or other props like a book or other interesting things that go well with the colours of the dish as well as with the overall theme. Keep in mind that the elements are secondary and the emphasis should be on the food in the picture.

Edit, don’t over edit

Once you’ve got the images the way you’ve wanted, you can always tweak them a bit on an image editing app on your phone. You can tweak the brightness, shadows, contrasts and highlights to get a perfect image. It is recommended that you avoid using filters because they tend to ruin the real look and feel of the food. Although if you feel that the dish is looking good and appetizing with a filter on – the call is yours to take.



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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.