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Old 11-02-2011, 01:30 PM   #11
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I think you should work with what you have until you get the look you are after!

Stretch your imagination not your wallet.

That is what the restaurants do.
Aunt Bea, that is great advice. I often have the picture in mind before I buy the food to cook. I do modify the plating etc based on how things turn out.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:32 PM   #12
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yea, the problem is I really don't know what's the look I'm looking for... like I don't have a mental picture of good looking food, cuz any food that tastes good looks good to me lol... I guess I don't have a artistic brain :(

Steal as many good ideas as you can.

Practice, most of us get at least three chances a day.

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Old 11-02-2011, 02:12 PM   #13
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yea, the problem is I really don't know what's the look I'm looking for... like I don't have a mental picture of good looking food, cuz any food that tastes good looks good to me lol... I guess I don't have a artistic brain :(
Follow the link in my sig to flickr look at some of the photos that I have taken. The ones that you like see what groups they are in and look at the photos in those groups. You will get lots of ideas.

Also look to the right of the photo and you will see something like.

This photo was taken on November 9, 2010 using a Nikon D5000.

If you click on the camera it will show you the Exif data. Lots of info like Exposure and Aperture will be displayed. This are the things that give the artistic look. Example a blurred background.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:58 PM   #14
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Some other suggestions. Have fun with the food. Try different compositions and angles. Let the food speak to you. Have fun with lighting. Try to avoid harsh shadows or too much frontal lighting as it will flatten the appearance of the food in the pic. Turn off the camera's onboard flash if that's an option.
For instance, these deviled eggs are kind of a fun food, so I took the pic from overhead instead of at a more traditional angle.


Or maybe you want to show the texture of something like in this loaf of bread I made. Used lighting from an open window to light up the loaf.


Or perhaps just a tighter crop to make the plate appear full of food.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:02 PM   #15
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Try showing the potatoes more and slicing/fanning out the meat with the pineapple diced on top. You could also mold the cabbage and put your parsley on top of that.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:08 PM   #16
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lol powerplantop nice picture. I think I'm really restricted by my plates, cuz I only have round and oval shaped plates. I need to go get more fancy ones.
Yard sales! I find a wealth of one-of-a-kind plates at yard sales! There always seems to be at least one!

Good hunting!!!!
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:51 PM   #17
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Yard sales! I find a wealth of one-of-a-kind plates at yard sales! There always seems to be at least one!

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Yard sales and thrift stores. You can find plates and all kinds of goodies for the back ground. Stuff from broken sets can make nice props.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:03 AM   #18
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I really don't see where it looks like a pork chop - seems more to be 'mystery meat' - and as far as what is visible it seems to be mostly 'mystery fat'

Parsley fine for the color - but why looking greasy and/or 'glazed?'

Red cabbage will never win any prizes for the way it looks - here or anywhere (can taste great tho )

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I totally agree with you lol
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:51 PM   #19
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I agree with potatoes on the side. Everything looks so dark against the stark white plate. Potatoes on the side would help even things out. Also the picture doesn't do it any justice because of the harsh shadows.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:30 PM   #20
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I have never been a fan of piling or stacking food. Sure it can look good but you are going to disassemble it anyway so why bother? I don't mind it touching or overlapping, but it should be ready to start eating as soon as it is served. So, I would spread it out more.
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