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Salad days

Before you begin taking pictures of your food you need to realise that arranging the food is a work of art before you pick up your camera. I had this salad for lunch and took the photo to show people you can make a meal quite frugally that looks good, tastes good and is very healthy. When I saw the photo I remembered there were cold chipolatas in the fridge that I could have added to my salad; the more ingredients the better.

I like to take this kind of photo with a wide aperture in natural light. I took my first shot on aperture priority and an ISO of 500. That wasn’t good enough so I decided to use a narrower aperture, shoot on manual and use the pop-up flash. That looked to be a better picture. To get my final picture, I just turned the plate around to get the tomato close to the camera and the potatoes on the far side. I shot this picture at f/8 at 1/200 of a second on manual using the flash. Incidentally, my Nikon D750 won’t shoot faster than 1/60 of a second on aperture priority hence I used the manual setting.

It can be difficult to photograph food with steam coming off it, I let the baby potatoes cool a little before I took my shot. Other problems with food photography are food being too shiny and reflecting too much light. Sometimes food can just look like mush in a photograph. When editing food photos try sharpening the photo, food photos often look blurred when things just merge together. Sharpening a photo of beans on toast will help separate the beans from one another and emphasise the texture of the toast.


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