Food photography emerges as a popular COVID-19 lockdown activity


The COVID-19 lockdown has turned kitchens into inventive areas, prompting dwelling cooks to upskill, guided by skilled photographers

Hot sauce makes dumplings extra attention-grabbing. So do the three S’s — Shape, Space, and Structure. Scroll by Kuwait-based Kulsum Kunwa’s Instagram web page (@kulsumkunwa) for extra useful suggestions and methods to get began in meals photography. Jump to Himanshu Taneja’s web page (@thewhiteramekins) to see how an orange syrup cake glistens, flavours shining by in a {photograph} clicked utilizing backlight. Chennai-based V Ashwin (@ace-photography) offers followers a step-by-step information, on something from how one can shoot meals with excessive ISO to how a coconut shell can change into the most effective prop to {photograph} paal kozhukattais.

There are virutal classes too, from meals bloggers like Delhi-based Vernika Awal (@ delectable_reveries), on how one can give attention to plating, perceive your house kitchen and work with color palettes.

Food photography appears to have emerged as a popular lockdown activity over the previous six months, and {many professional} photographers are generously utilizing their social media accounts to assist amateurs higher their expertise. There has additionally been a surge in meals photography workshops, as individuals use the additional time at dwelling to upskill.

Maani Kozhukattai photographed by Ashwin V

“Learning cooking or baking as well as photography go hand in hand now,” says Ashwin. “People have more time, and they also want to avoid ordering food from outside. Sharing their cooking experience has become a fun activity.”

Ashwin says that the pandemic has triggered a buzz round meals photography. He has accomplished three back-to-back workshops and now has college students not simply from India but in addition from the US and Dubai. “Since conducting workshops on Zoom, Skype or Google meet has been normalised now, people are investing time to pick up skills in photography,” he says.

Vernika Awal

Vernika Awal, who’s gearing up for her second digital workshop on meals photography, says the kitchen has became a inventive area. She says over name from Delhi, “The community of home chefs, especially among women in the 35 to 60 age group, is growing because of the trust factor of home kitchens. But if your food does not look appealing, I don’t see myself ordering as a customer.”

That explains why they flip to professionals for assist. The workshops cowl matters that embody lighting, angles, backdrop, props, and styling.

Tips for freshmen

  • Wipe your lens earlier than you shoot. Smudges can soiled up your cellphone’s lens and make your photographs gentle and blurry
  • Closer to window = higher lighting = higher footage
  • Use smaller plates or bowls for smaller parts; this makes the presentation look fuller
  • Use window mild and switch off each different mild within the room. This helps you get directional mild with out awkward reflections in your meals
  • Use chart paper or linen to immediately get attractivebackdrops to your footage

“Food photography and food blogging has been growing and is now a crowded space,” says Vernika. “They need skills to take good photographs and build traction. Most mobile phones come with great cameras. We teach them to make the most of it to achieve good results. Itis not about fancy crockery, but telling a story. The food visual has to be bright enough to make one order or recreate it.”

Filter coffee photographed by Vernika Awal

“If you can’t take a good picture of what you bake, then your baking is useless,” laughs Sangeeta Khanna (@sangeetaamkhanna), a meals blogger based mostly in Dehradun.

“People are cooking diverse food to kill boredom and they want to showcase it. They enroll for courses to improve their photography skills, more so because everyone has a good phone camera. The self-appreciation of one’s own food comes through the pictures and it’s a great motivator. Earlier, people shared food with friends and family. Now, they share the photos,” she provides.

The visuals do the speaking now, says meals author and photographer Sheetal Bhatt, who divides her time between Singapore and Ahmedabad. She began a weblog to place the highlight on forgotten Gujarati recipes. “What I have been documenting on my blog is now out in the form of photos on Instagram. People who want to get into food photography have understood that the food needs to ‘look’ beautiful,” she says over a name from Singapore.

Swayampurna Mishra

The pattern has additionally led to a lot of free data sharing. Says Adhyayan Sahay (@adhyayan_sahay), meals stylist, “I create videos/carousels showing how one can easily photograph food with either a smart phone or a DSLR. One of the best tips is ‘the camera you have is the best camera to start with’. I see many young women who have turned home bakers are more involved in food photography and are doing amazingly well.”

Grilled watermelon avocado salad with micro greens photographed by Swayampurna Mishra

Grilled watermelon avocado salad with micro greens photographed by Swayampurna Mishra  
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Hacks galore

Swayampurna Mishra who gives recommendations on meals styling and cell phone photography by her Instagram deal with (@lapetitchef), says it’s now not about ‘plop the food on the plate and click a picture’. “Be it professionals or amateurs, they are going the extra mile to make their food sparkle.” She shares a fast tip over WhatsApp: “Use natural light. Once you get the basics of lighting, a decent camera can take care of the rest. One has to develop their unique style, and let the picture tell a story.”

Ashwin agrees and provides that he usually shares the BTS (Behind The Scene) photographs that give helpful recommendations on the background, lighting and the place to put the meals to call a few.

Neha Singh (@saltsugarnspice), who’s a meals blogger in Mumbai, says that many made the swap to Instagram in the course of the pandemic. She provides, “A lot of online food photography challenges test your skills. You step out of your comfort zone and learn more. What has emerged is a community that has discovered its collective passion for cooking.”

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