Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Food Styling for Blog

Nowadays food blog have become popular among us. Food bloggers come from various background.............housewife, home economist, chef and even food enthusiast. But do you know that as food bloggers you need to take on a multi-tasking role, a chef, writer, food photographer, food stylist and on top of that kitchen helper / cleaner and dish / pot washer. It a multi-tasking and hard job, do you agree with me?
As mentioned earlier in my previous writing, food styling is a form of artwork in its own right. The job of a food stylist is just not to arrange and using various technique in order to make food look perfectly beautiful, delicious and tempting before the camera, it need a creative and imaginary minds too.. This requires an artistic in you and the ability to transform all the 'unseen' quality of a good food such as aromas and tastes into photograph.
To be an effective food stylists one need to be able to use appropriate equipment in a process to create the perfect piece of food art. Access to a decent studio or workshop will be helpful apart from knowledge of basic or even advance photography such as lighting, backgrounds. And, a long with that the ability to identify appropriate and suitable props that might compliment and enhance the food image would be useful. However not all food bloggers have the liberty to own a studios, lighting equipment or even knowledge and skill as food stylist. So, this left them to whatever resources they have. But that does not means it is the end of the road.

Here are four tips for a start, that you may find useful on how you can style your food effectively without having that so called 'professional equipment", just use whatever equipment available.

1. Proir to that, please bare in mind that a succesful food photograph should start with an exceptional quality - it has to show up in the final product. Quality is the whenever you are taking the task do not compromise when quality is concern, thrive for perfection. And, please also remember that it may not takes a real cooking for that purpose.

2. Using of white plate and a white background will make and complement food that particularly vibrant in color. You will find that most food product will be easily matched with white plate and background.
3. Understand the shape and form of the food. To break the monotonous, avoid using same texture for the backgroud compare to your food. For example if your food is smooth use a texture background or if your food is rich in texture use a smooth background. This will ensure the food (focal point) is enhanced in appearance not overshadowed by the background.

4. Balance and harmonized the colours – two or three colors are often better than one but avoid too many color.  For example using black and white in highlighting one photographic element can create an interesting mood but it all depend on what you would like ti emphasize.

..........................more tips to be shared...................

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