Hidden Secrets Of Food Photography Exposed
Food Photography
January 22, 2020

Let’s keep it in mind that the purpose of food photography is to enhance the product so much that the viewer will feel like getting into the screen and grabbing the food out of it. And to achieve this in a photograph there is a lot of effort being put into the production stage. We all know how many different shots and clicks you need before finalising your photo or even being satisfied with it completely. And while you do so, the food gets soggy and starts looking unfresh. But to deal with these issues, food photographers use interesting hacks that give them a better-looking product and much longer time to photograph the food.


In this blog, we are going to discuss such ideas and hidden secrets that you too should start incorporating in your food photography.

Steamy Food:


You must have seen hot food items photographed, which look straight out of the oven with all the steam around it. And that definitely helps to evoke the taste buds of the viewers and make them feel instantly hungry. But considering that food photography is indeed a very long process, so they don’t actually heat the food every time before clicking the picture. So the secret here is to create false steam or smoke in and around the product. You can use a burnt cotton ball to create steam almost in any way.


Mashed Potatoes:


There are a number of ways to use mashed potatoes to enhance food in photography. Sometimes it is stuffed inside of a roll or bun or chicken to make it look fuller and thicker. But the most popular use of mashed potatoes is made in photographing ice cream. Since ice cream melts very easily, mashed potatoes is indeed a very good alternative, because it gives the texture of frozen ice cream scoops and adding color to it is also possible.


Milk Alternative:


We see a lot of advertisements with milk being used in it. Like cereal, or coffee ads or ads of milk itself. But actually come to think of it, milk is so thin in texture and it even looks pretty translucent. So how do they manage to show a bowl of crisp cereal, without the grains drowning into the milk? The answer is PVC glue. It is not actually milk, but they make use of glue since it is white and thick and it doesn’t drown the cereal to the bottom of the bowl. These are just a few major ones to name. But these little photography friendly hacks are used in all ways possible.




For more eg:

  • The Hot tender Grill marks you see on a steak or patty? It’s actually Shoe Polish.

  • Whipped Cream on the glass of milkshake? No, it’s Shaving foam.

  • Fresh Watery Fruits? All thanks to deodorant sprays.

  • Dips and Sauces? No, they are really melted colored wax.

  • Cardboard pieces for a perfect looking burger and pancakes.




So well now you know, as a food photographer, how important it is to create illusions and enhance the beauty of the food item. These food items might not really taste well, but the photographs will definitely make your mouth water. And with these hacks, you too should try to achieve that as a food photographer.

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