Google+ Yummy Food: Guest Blogging - Food Photography #4

Monday, August 1, 2011

Guest Blogging - Food Photography #4

It's been long since I updated my blog.....simple reason...I am at my mom's place...relishing, relaxing, rejuvenating and rejoicing....My lil one MM is fully enjoying all the attention and pampering getting from her grand parents and sweet aunt.....Now coming to today's post....as by now most of you know about food photography series being featured on first of every month. After talking much about light, camera, angles and settings....I thought of moving on with blog props. Blog props play much important role in food photography.....where food photography has involved as a new hobby/passion blog props play a major role in making the food appealing to the eyes....

The guest who is going to share her asset of blog props and who is going to make a clear cut notes on blog props is someone who has acclaimed heights of blogging with in no time since she started her blog. I choose her because I am always bowled by her unique and distinguished look of her food pictures. Colorful props and elegant backgrounds and cute hand made articles are signature in the food pictures of her blog...I am talking about none other than friendly and charming Nithi Rajasekaran of The 4th Sense Cooking. When I contacted Nithi to make a guest post on blog props, she enthusiastically accepted my invitation and being busy with her work she manged to send a detailed post on the topic. Scroll down to check what Nithi is going to tell us about backgrounds and blog props....


A warm hug to Lubna for giving me such a nice opportunity to write on her blog and for choosing a favorite topic of mine as well.

I was surprised and also was wondering if I would be worth it to talk about photography! But then the two topics that she wanted me to cover were my most favorites. First being backgrounds and next the properties involved in food photography. Though not sure if I am an expert at it, I have always enjoyed that specific phase of food blogging or rather photography. So I happily agreed to share my behind the scene secrets with you all :)

I always believe that colors have the ability to bring a canvas to life. I enjoy playing with colors in my photographs.

BackgroundBackground of an image is as important as the foreground or the subject as such. The dish that you make gets really highlighted only when the background is supportive and pretty.There are various items that you can choose as backgrounds for you photograph
  • Colored charts
  • Hand made papers
  • Wall papers
  • Planks of wood roughly painted
  • Colorful napkins
  • Gift wrappers
  • A dining table as such
  • or even a simple Dhupatta or saree can do wonders to your pics.
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Colored charts that I use as background

Properties A wonderfully cooked up curry which tastes amazing could look absolutely unappealing when presented in a cooker that it was made!!!(excuse exceptions) That is not what you want right??!!Its not just the dish that gets one's attention to the pic. It could even be the serving bowl, or the flowers used at the background or even a simple napkin could grab the attention. So do concentrate on all the properties on the setup to make it a beautiful pic on the whole.

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I choose colorful bowls and plates that suit the dish and highlight it very well. Plastics, ceramics or glass!! what ever they are made of have their own attraction quotient definitely :)

Flowers never fail to make us smile :) Choose pretty flowers that compliment your dish as backdrops.

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Now comes the most important and interesting part of the post - factors that help us choose the best backdrops and settings.

I go by following simple rules of colors or color theories that help us choose the best schemes that pleases our eyes.

Monochromatic Color Scheme:

Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base color and extended using its shades, tones and tints.

Using one single color in the picture from its lightest shade to the darkest can keep the focus on the subject color and would register in the viewers mind easily.

Simply go ahead choosing background and properties of the same color of the dish :)

Monochromatic

Example:I have used only shades of yellow as the main color and have extend to its lightest shade being white in mango yoghurt parfait picture below.

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Complimentary color scheme

Complimentary colors are colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel.

Complementary color schemes have a more energetic feel. The extreme contrast between the colors creates a vibrant and fresh look.

complimentary

Example:

I have used Purple and Orange as prominent colors which are complimentary to each other and highlight the picture.

The vibrancy is phenomenal when such opposite colors are used.

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Analogous color scheme:

Analogous colors are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Analogous color schemes are pleasing to the eye. They usually match well and create serene and comfortable photographs.

Analogous

Example:I have used Yellow, Orange and Green in this picture that blends well and gives a pleasing effect.

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Bi-Color and Tri-Color: Restricting the number of colors in a picture to two or three result in extremely pleasing pictures. Example: I have kept it simple and classic by choosing background and properties of just two colors(yellow and brown) in the first pic and three colors(Yellow, pink and green) in the second photograph.

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Apart from having such colored backgrounds you could simply choose to have nature as the background at times too. The photos give a very pleasing and homely appearance when they are shot next to a window :)

Example:The apple tea photograph below was shot next to a large window. The blurred trees at the backdrop give it a nice tropical look isn't it?!!!

natural background

Saying all that, we can also have simple vegetable or fruit carvings as our properties too.

Use the prominent veggi or fruit used in the dish to carve out simple flowers or creatures and place them next to the dish. You would score extra points for this from your viewer :) It shows your creativity and also enhances the presentation factor of the picture.

Example:I have carved out frogs from green bell peppers and used it as a property to decorate my Bell pepper rice.

carving background

The aim of food photography is to make people drool, so keep clicking pics with different backgrounds and settings until you reach your goal :)

Food photography involves a huge scope of creativity and I have realized it in the two years I have been blogging. The best way to learn is to try and keep on trying different things.

Enjoy clicking :)

In case if you have missed the entries under this series, here are the links to the posts.....



36 comments:

Sarah said...

this is a wealth of information!! I never realised about all these colour schemes until i read this post! I just always thought a lil bit of green or red in a pic, made it nice! But now i know better! Thanks Lubna and Nitya for this extremely informative post!

Vimitha Anand said...

Thats a very informative post. Thanks for all the tips Nits. :)

Anuradha said...

I have always been a great fan of Nithya's photography. Nice to see such a post sharing her secrets with us. Thanks Lubna!

s said...

such a fantastic post! truly inspiring and motivating..great job u guys!!!!!

Prathibha said...

I should say u hv chosen the right person 4 d right topic....nice n informative post....awe stuck with Nithya's collection of props..thanks lubna n nithya 4 dis..:)

Arch said...

What a wonderful post !! She really has an awesome collection of plates and napkins...beautiful pictures...very tastefully done...Thanks Nithi for sharing this and thanks Lubna for featuring her...

Meena Kannan said...

that's a g8 tips to book mark....excellent...i was wondering with what's nithi is making all these magic??!!..thnx a lot for nithi who reveals the tricks n that the explanation can be easily followed ....thnx for yummy food for making this guest post that enhances my learning towards photography..thnk u
Meena's Kitchen

Varshini Sudharsan said...

wow this sooo so very informative...bestest:) thanks for sharing

Umm Mymoonah said...

That's really a nice post Nithi, good to see ur collection. The colour scheme information was very useful. Thank you Lubna for doing this.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Very informative post...Thanks Nithi and Lubna for this! I am always a fan of 4thsensecooking :)

Homecooked said...

Very very informative! Thanks a lot Lubna and Nitya.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

that's a gr8 post,thanks nithi for sharing...

Sum said...

I had admired Nithi's food clicks ever since i discovered it... Thanks for the nice post...

Paaka Shaale said...

Great post Lubna!!! I never knew about the colour schemes till now. An amazing post indeed :)

Rachana said...

Such a great post! So informative and inspiring. I love Nithya's photography.

Uma said...

It is all well worthy informations. Landed here from Niti's blog and read all posts abt photography. I thank and appreciate your effort and making wonderful bloggers to share about their photography experience.

Cheers,
Uma

Nimi said...

Lubna ..Nits is the perfect choice for this post.Nits..luv u fr doin such a wonderful post..well done dear!

Kadhyaa... said...

Lubna..thats such a informative post thanks for sharing

A Spoonful of Yumm said...

thanks a lot ! this is so useful :) glad to have found your blog through nithya

Food Photography said...

I am into food and photography. Your post inspire me in how to mixed and blend colors. I am actually thinking more colorful pictures in the food followind it's senses of your article.

Janine said...

omg I've been a great fan of Nithya and luckily I came over to your blog because Lubna, your photography is amazing as well! totally loved this post and how informative it was! i never knew the different methods to choosing backgrounds and to improve my photography but now i know :)

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely; Lubna & Nithya thanks a ton gals for sharing this treasure of information !

Pavithra said...

Lovely post Nithi. Great job Dearies and I remember reading this color schemes in my aunts Home science Record note book which is very very interesting. Great job gals !!!

divya said...

Thats a very informative post. Thanks for all the tips Nits. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of Nithya's photography and this was very informative..Thanks Lubna.

notyet100 said...

Thanks this was very informative :)

Parita said...

This is one of the most fantastic and informative post I have come across on food photography and with example! Thanks Nithi and Lubna!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

That is one spectacular post on colors.. thanks for sharing..

Gayathri NG said...

Excellent information.Now i got a clear idea to make my blog also more colourful and attractive.Thanks a lot for Lubna & Nitya for such a useful tips and i had admired the pics, great job.

veena said...

this is amazing, very informative. will use it on my food photos as well.

Nirmala's kitchen said...

It was wonderful to read the tips about blogging!!!Thanks a lot,I must start applying some of those tips

Priti said...

Nice tips Nithi ..and very informative ..thanks for sharing ...both of you :)

Ammu's said...

That's really informative... Thk u..

Indian Recipes said...

I have a blog which is all about food and recipes,i m not a professional photographer but i am learning it for my blog as well interest .Your post defines the best photography tips.

Usha said...

This is one informative post. Bookmarked the page

Rituparna said...

Those are some really amazing photographs & really helpful tips. I love the use of the different colour schemes & those bell pepper frogs are extremely adorable.

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