Here is my second post on Food Blogger Connect #5
Capturing Culture Via Cuisine.
Penny de los Santos.
Penny travels the world taking photos for National Geographic and Saveur Magazine, sometimes in the most unhospitable places, where she really isn't welcome.
Penny told us to get the story behind the photo, there are two sides to every photo.
I could have listened to Penny all day.
Next up was another great talk by Emily Jonzen of Leiths School of Food and Wine. I didn't take any photos, I was too busy taking notes!
Food Styling 101
|photo: Flickr/ geishaboy500|
- Think about where the light is coming from
- Think abut the camera angle, try taking shots from different angles
- Use paint brushes to paint oil on food for shine
- Use marmite mixed with water to give a golden colour to food
- Store salad and herbs in ice water to keep them fresh until you need them for the shot
- When building up a dish, add things a little at a time
- Use a dripper to drip on dressing
- Show food cut into or spooned into
- Use a teaspoon to take out a little at a time, until it looks good, this is more precise
- Mess up a fork and add it to the dish, don't use it to cut into the dish
- Add cutlery to your photo
- Only slightly cook vegetables for a better colour
- A small plate looks better in a photo
- Turquoise and pale green plates work well with food
- Use a dulling spray on plates and cutlery to take of the shine
- Props - go for neutral colours and dull metals, not shiny
- Props - search in antique shops and car boot sales
- Slice herbs and vegetables very thinly, pop into some iced water and they will curl nicely for your shot. Chillies, carrots and spring onions work well
|Whole Foods Market|
At lunchtime a few of us went off campus, so to speak, as there wasn't any food for veggies. We were very disappointed.
We headed down to Whole Foods Market for lunch. I loved the shop and the array of food on display looked amazing.
We were a little disappointed by the flavour though. A bit bland and it promised so much!
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Kerstin Rodgers (Ms Marmite Lover) talked to us about how she set up her supper club.
What a laugh!
Kerstin had us chortling all the way through with her witty view of life and people. I'm not thinking of starting one up, but I wouldn't have missed her talk.
She also reminded us to get paid for our work for brands and not sell ourselves short.
We ended the day late after more street food outside the centre and then retired to a local pub for the rest of the evening. Unfortunately, I got caught in the smoke from the BBQ and developed an ulcer on my eye again. An eye bath in the pub toilets did little to improve the situation, although everyone was very kind. So Sunday wasn't as much fun as it should have been.
Here are my 5 posts:
- Tips for Food Bloggers - FBC#5 (Day 1) - including how to get published in magazines
- Tips for Food Bloggers - FBC#5 (Day 2) - including food styling tips
- Tips for Food Bloggers - FBC#5 (Day 3) - including brand identity and general FBC tips
- Food Blogging Tips - FBC#5 - including lots of key tips for food bloggers
- Meet the Bloggers - FBC#5 - including profiles of 10 bloggers you may not know and and a list of others that attended.