Food Photography Experiments

Tri-Color Pasta in White Sauce
My wife Mukta is quickly becoming a PRO Blogger with her blogs Mum-Mum Time and Mumbai-Foodies. Mumbai Foodies is still in its nascent stages. As of now it is about the interesting places to eat in Mumbai, she soon plans to start posting articles about interesting eating places in other cities as well. Her other blog Mum-Mum Time, as the name suggests is all about healthy food recipes for babies, toddlers, and kids. For her blog she requires photos of the food that she cooks and puts up recipes for. When we started we had a big debate about how to present the dishes. She was of opinion that the whole dish should be shown by clicking the photo from TOP. However, I felt it would make the dish look flat and that food would appear more interesting if it is shot more from front-top perspective. Later we realized that since our visitors would want to see how the overall presentation of the dish, we decided to go ahead with the TOP view of the dish.

However, that didn't stop me from experimenting, and I did a lot of experiments under the tungsten light and more often under the natural light pouring from our window. Here are some of the pictures from those experiments with Food Photography.

I prefer shooting food in natural light. Also, from all the tutorials that I had referred to, I could learn that it is better to have the food back-lit or side-lit i.e. allowing light to fall on the subject from behind it or from the side. This adds a slight shadow element and gives more depth to the food item, and its texture appears more lively. Adding a slight angle, i.e. not shooting the dish straight also makes the overall capture look good. Also, other than the subject if you add more elements around the subject it makes the photos look more interesting.

The photos below are just baby-steps, I've a lot more to learn through all kinds of experiments and setups. Do let me know your opinion in comments along with any suggestions that you may have. Hungry to experiment, shoot and of course... eat!!

P.S. Stuffed Tomatoes and Tri-Color Noodles are two dishes that I had cooked which will be posted in Mum-Mum Time as guest recipes. :-)

Tri-Color Noodles

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes in Mushroom Sauce

Barley Upma


  1. Great shots! It is a wonderful initiative.

  2. Greetings, my friend! You've come a long way from a few years ago. Your compositional skills are excellent and you've figured out that camera for sure. I'm still trying to understand my SX40!

    By the way, do you know the name of the Photoshop action which provides a very smooth-looking photo, almost like glass? I've used it for a long time, but now can't find it and can't remember the name of it.

  3. I think I lost my first comment. I said you've come a long way from a few years ago. Your compositional skills are excellent and you've learned well how to use your camera. I'm still trying to figure out my SX40!

    These are fine photos and I wish your wife well as she enters the world of blogging.

    BTW, do you remember the name of a Photoshop action that smooths out the photo so it looks almost like glass? I've used it for years but can't find it on my computer anymore.

    1. Hi Lowell, are you referring to the surface blur filter? Thats the only one I know can smooth out the photo.. may be gaussian or lens blur can also do the same...

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