Blog Name: The Purple Foodie
Twitter ID: PurpleFoodie
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.
What equipment do you use?
I use a Canon Powershot A570IS. Yes, just a point and shoot! I feel very flattered when people tell me that my photos look like they’ve been taken using a dSLR. This reaffirms my belief in the fact that it’s not always about the equipment; for that will only take you to till a certain point.The only kind of processing I do is adjustment in brightness and contrast. I am not well acquainted with Photoshop or Lightroom because I’m a little terrified about using it.
Do you have any of your first food photographs? If so, would you share one with us?
This has been my favorite question from all the previous spotlights! Very inspirational to see the evolution of photography skills of other food bloggers.
So here is one of my first shots, taken with a Sony Cybershot camera phone
What has been your absolute favorite food photograph you have taken? Why is this photo your favorite?
I’m usually never satisfied with my photos and I keep thinking about how I can take a better picture. That said, I really like this photo of pop tarts. Love the drip of the strawberry syrup – totally accidental and I like it because I took just a few shots and this stood out from the rest.
This one got everyone swooning and even reached the top of all-time favourited food photos on foodgawker. Garlicky baked fries:
Please share with us a photograph of your typical setup for your food pictures. Describe, in short, your setup.
Another surprise here – I don’t use a tripod. I feel it restricts movement. I have this one spot in my house by the window where I typically shoot all my photos. It’s a west facing room so I have ample brightness and yet not the jarring sun in the mornings. A white foam board is good for reflecting light and avoiding shadows that might occur because of the crockery
I have a bunch of textured papers, place mats, and a few plates, bowls and spatulas in different colors that I adore. I find that colourful paper liners for cupcakes, silicone bakeware, cake stands and pretty measuring cups are a good investment for those who are more into baking.
Share one or two tips that you think might be helpful to food bloggers when photographing food.
Take lots and lots of photos – it doesn’t cost anything beside power. The more photos you take, the more you will learn.
It’s imperative to know your camera very well. Don’t be afraid to play around with the manual settings.
One of the things I’m doing off late is using the “foliage” setting – this makes the photos look warmer. If you don’t have that, then turn on the “cloudy” setting.
Another thing I almost always do is keep a low ISO setting – never more than 200. The higher the ISO, the more grainy the image (of course, this is assuming you’re shooting in a naturally lit room).
Move around a lot when taking the photos. You might just discover some interesting angles.
It’s a good idea to keep the raw fruit/ingredient in the background – like in an apple pie (but definitely not for a banana bread!)
I take a lot of photographs as I’m baking to show in process work – this takes a little time but it not only helps maintain the flow of the blog post but also makes the reader think “Hey, the steps look simple, I should make that!”
And finally, always keep your batteries charged – there is nothing more annoying than having a sigh “change the batteries” in your face.
Who or what inspires you?
Tastespotting and Foodgawker are my places of inspiration. I like them so much because it’s not just about one person’s style – you will find so many different perspectives here. It helps develop your own unique style and is a storehouse of wonderful photo ideas.
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