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Old 01-29-2012, 01:38 AM   #1
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A few recent dishes I made, as photography exercise

I have been posting my food photos here and asking for advises. After taking the advises I experimented different settings on my camera, adjusted color in photo editor, and tried different lighting. Funny thing is that I think the best lighting I found is a tungsten chandelier on top of my dinner tables, which lets my camera kick off white balance almost perfectly, and brightness is just right too. Unfortunately the chandelier has too many bulbs and it creates multiple shadows. What do you guys think of the following, in terms of plating and photography? Be rest assured that their flavors are all great :)

the meat from the neapolitan ragu which is not eaten with the pasta

This is pho, I kind of "cheated" by adjusting the color saturation


Zuppe Toscana that I copycatted from olive garden

Chicken Scallopine

Buffalo wings

Smoked prime rib

Grilled pork chop and peach salsa


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Old 01-29-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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I will take the smoked prime rib. Great photos. Makes me hungry.

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Old 01-29-2012, 03:27 AM   #3
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your photography has gone from good to great, hyp!

and i'll have one of each... yum!
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:31 AM   #4
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Great job! Much much much improved.
And don't think you cheated by adjusting the color afterward, there is nothing wrong with that.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:45 AM   #5
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Great photos. Wish I could do that! Do you need an assistant who would also be willing to act as a taster???
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:50 AM   #6
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They look beautiful, I want recipes!
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:54 AM   #7
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My mouth is watering, and it's only 8AM, and I've had breakfast. Great photos! Love them all.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:01 AM   #8
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Awesome photos!

The food looks real and ready to jump off the plate .. good job !!
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:53 AM   #9
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Good. The first one has a small focus problem, but I understand that with the lighting you were using, you may not have had much latitude. But it needs a bit more depth of field to bring the near edge of the meat in. Color saturation adjustment is not a problem. I shoot everything in RAW and go from there in software.

The pho, the gumbo, and the zuppe are especially good. I can see the texture and the range of ingredients clearly. The scollpine is weak. The potatoes are strange. I know they look like that, but I think they need to look more like potatoes and less like dry fungi. The cauliflower suffers some of the same focus problem as above and has some odd color variations. It looks like it might have gone texturless dead white and had been burned in and went off color. They can stand the color, though, but not the soft focus for a vegetable with that much textural character.

I would like to have seen enough off the wings to know what they were without the caption. The rib looks good but a bit lonely. Maybe staging it with the remaining whole portion of meat in the background.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:08 AM   #10
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Dude you have come a long way with your photos. Each dish looks really appetizing.

meat from the neapolitan ragu

Real nice shot. Good color contrast and focus.


I like how you have the basil and sprouts in the background.
The meat looks kind of gray (which is not surprising). Next time set everything up including the camera. Add the meat and quickly take the shot before the meat starts to cook.


Soups and stews are hard to shoot. I love gumbo but it is hard to shoot since everything can be just brown. You did a nice job of showing the ingredients and you put in lots of color contrast.

Zuppe Toscana

I like this shot. Your lighting really brings it out. They only way it would have been better is with more expensive gear. Really nice job for what you are working with.

Chicken Scallopine

The chicken looks really good. The potatoes in the back ground look odd. I think lighting would have been key here

Buffalo wings

Nice shot.

Smoked prime rib

The prime rib looks good but the sprouts look off. I think lighting would have been key here.

Grilled pork chop and peach salsa

The pork chop looks really tasty! The color contrast sitting on the broccoli is good.
Your salsa should have really popped nice color contrast. But the peaches look a bit washed out but that is a small detail.

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