Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Looks as good as it tastes

Grandma Abson’s recipes have always had fantastic feedback about their taste, texture and simplicity but capturing all that in a simple photo has proved more of a challenge for me than baking her recipes.

I only have one photo of Grandma with a cake and that's the one on her ninetieth birthday but, since starting to write Grandma Abson’s blog, I’ve amassed a wealth of photos of her wonderful baking at talks and events to celebrate her legacy.
I’ve also learnt some tips and tricks about what works and what doesn’t in food photography by seeing what professional photographers do and looking at food photos in magazines, cookbooks and websites to try to make Grandma’s baking look just as inviting as the taste. My early attempts didn’t do justice to her recipes but I’d like to think that, although I’m not a photographic genius, I’ve made some progress. Most of all, the advent of the smart phone camera has made it much more accessible for me. Developments in cameras such as the ones that Light is coming up with for its new compact camera show see how far camera technology has come and what the future holds. So, here are my 5 ideas for perfect Food-tography:
Make the food look tempting You don’t need to use the tricks of the professional food stylists but it’s worth cutting into a Paradise Cake so it looks as if you are inviting the viewer to take a slice.
Balance the shot Arrange the ingredients for Parkin so you are showing exactly what’s needed. You may need to move the items around the board to draw the eye to a different angle.
Check the lighting Try to use natural light and not flash unless necessary. It’s about creating the right ambiance for these Flakemeal Biscuits so it’s not too harsh or dull.
Crop the first attempt This can work if you are focussing down on a key element of these Yorkshire Puddings and may have included too much detail in your first attempt.
Check the camera tools It’s well worth checking out the other tools to edit your photos as they can turn an acceptable photo into an exceptional one with the Easter chicks loving this Simnel Cake.
Grandma would have found it quite amazing to see how far taking photos of her mouth-watering recipes has come. So just as we can’t resist the aromas and tastes of home baking straight out of the oven, the same applies to making sure it looks as good it tastes! Have you got more camera tips to snap that taste?

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