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Old 01-13-2016, 03:51 PM   #1
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How to make better food porn

Heard a segment on the radio today (scroll down a few segments), and also read the linked article. Thought others might find it of interest.

1.13.16: Aaron Swartz - The Idealist, Secrets of Food Photography, & Snow Removal Personalities | New Hampshire Public Radio

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Old 01-13-2016, 05:52 PM   #2
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Heard a segment on the radio today (scroll down a few segments), and also read the linked article. Thought others might find it of interest.

1.13.16: Aaron Swartz - The Idealist, Secrets of Food Photography, & Snow Removal Personalities | New Hampshire Public Radio
I knew about some of the tricks of food porn. Such as smearing Vaseline on steaks and painting the stripes with Kitchen Bouquet to make it look delicious and juicy. The tampon one really got me though. They also use a lit cigarette to denote steam.

Thanks for the interesting item.
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Thanks for the link TS, but I knew about many of the tricks. Maybe it's just me, but I hate to see food abuse.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:35 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link TS, but I knew about many of the tricks. Maybe it's just me, but I hate to see food abuse.
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Old 01-14-2016, 01:48 AM   #5
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When I did food demos at a local grocery store in OH, our boss had most recently worked for Meredith corporation in Des Moines as a test kitchen chef. The (horror) stories she would tell about the food stylist's requests to make the food photo-worthy brought tears to all of our eyes. I figured things like shellac in the maple syrup to make it drape better only invited problems - like the shaving-cream-for-whipped-cream story in the article.
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Thanks for the link TS, but I knew about many of the tricks. Maybe it's just me, but I hate to see food abuse.
Food abuse, great description. I was squirming when I read that article, even though I knew a lot of those tricks before hand.
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I agree with "food abuse". To me, food porn is truly edible and makes you drool, like some of the great pictures in our smoker and grilling threads.
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I agree with "food abuse". To me, food porn is truly edible and makes you drool, like some of the great pictures in our smoker and grilling threads.
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I was hoping for tips on how to photograph my meals better. I won't be using any of those tips.
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There's a few really talented "real food" photographers right here who often post on the nightly dinner thread. Off the top of my head, that would be Salt&Pepper, Cheryl, and SteveKroll. Now and then everyone gets lucky, and all pictures are appreciated. I'm often too worried about food fussing before it gets cold.
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How to make better food porn

+1. I would add Paymaster, Savannah and Powerplantop. There are several more as well.
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