On Food Photography

April 14, 2010

I love food photography
No, I really, really love food photography!

I was recently interviewed by Kristen at Culinary Snapshot, who wanted to know more about how I take my photographs, the equipment I use, the setup as well as an initial (embarrassing) shot taken with a camera phone. No dSLR here (although I really want one!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t take good photos!
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When & why did you start getting into food photography?

When I started my food blog, I went and bought myself a high end camera phone thinking that it’d be perfect because I wouldn’t miss a photo opportunity – bad decision. Soon enough (okay, it took a few months) I realized that the photos were quite shoddy and needed to capture the food just as beautifully as it really looked. That’s when I bought a Canon camera. I’ve been fiddling around with the manual functions ever since and working on bettering my photographs.
Read the full interview at Culinary Snapshot!

PS: I went for a fun pizza tossing class over the weekend at one of the city’s best Italian restaurants. Photos here!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 fazela April 15, 2010 at 2:00 AM

What? No DSLR? You are kidding me!!
Awesome interview.

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2 Kristen April 15, 2010 at 5:25 PM

How cute is your graphic? You are so talented!
Thanks again for participating. I love the I was "recently" interviewed… *blush* – again, feel so bad about the delay, but I'm so glad to have you on board over there :)

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3 finelychopped April 15, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Great photos. Very inspiring to know that you don't use a SLR. Your photographs always look like they have come out of a high end glossy mag. Must learn from you. And congrats on the feature.

Do you sell all this great looking food or is it just for personal consumption?

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4 finelychopped April 15, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Great photos. Very inspiring to know that you don't use a SLR. Your photographs always look like they have come out of a high end glossy mag. Must learn from you. Congrats on the feature

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5 The Purple Foodie April 15, 2010 at 9:24 PM

thank you so much Kalyan! Happy to have discovered your blog through Rushina. :) back at you for the feature as well!

I do sell the stuff I make at Le 15 Patisserie..

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6 The Purple Foodie April 15, 2010 at 9:25 PM

hehe tht would be the work of orangefoodie who spruces up my writing once in awhile. He obviously doesn't have a clue about the gap. :) thank you so much for featuring me :D

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7 The Purple Foodie April 16, 2010 at 9:17 AM

hehehe thank you!

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8 finelychopped April 19, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Hi, Dipti told me about Le 15 Patisserie. Would love to check it out. Sooner than later I hope.

Any tips on close up photos using the flash? Especially in restaurants with low lighting. I have a Sony Cybershot

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9 anne April 19, 2010 at 7:05 AM

you take such beautiful pictures! and here I am, grumbling about wanting an expensive dslr! as mr. kalyan said, it's inspiring :)

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10 The Purple Foodie April 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

What a small world! Dipti attended a cupcake class I took.

I never use flash – it makes the food look ugly with the light bouncing off the food unevenly. It's hard to take photos in restaurants with low lighting. Very hard. On manual setting, just increase the ISO level (although not too much because the photo will look grainy) and increase the exposure time – but keep a very, very steady hand!

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11 The Purple Foodie April 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM

thank you so much anne :D

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12 finelychopped April 19, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Dipti and I have worked together in two different companies now. Small world indeed. Till I found out the food connection recently.

I agree that no flash helps a lot. Will try the tips. At home first perhaps. Restaurants are slightly difficult after all

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13 EatMyShot May 20, 2010 at 5:42 AM

I would recommend to always ask for a table near the window (when available) then it’s easy to get a good food shot without flash. you can even use white cloth napkin to bounce light

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14 mrudz September 12, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I ahve the same camera and i used to be a photographer(yes professional one) with SLRs(be4 digital era actually) ,lights and reflectors but I always believed that it is the photographer’s asthtic sense that makes a good picture.Looking at your pix, I know i ma sooooooo right!!
Really nice compositions , great use of colours and great recipes Shaheen.
Woudl love to catch up with you on my next india trip!!
Cheers!

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