Today we have a beautiful guest Lubna Karim from YummyFood
with us who is sharing her food blogging journey with amazing photographs. I came to know her last year through one of her events, Joys From Fasting to Feasting
where she had invited me for the guest post.
Though we didn't start off well at first and still whenever we chat , it starts of with an argument hehe. But I have an utmost respect of her and her work. Her blog describes each phase of life, her happiness, sadness, difficulties, her turmoil & most importantly her passionate nature in the ways she deals with each part of her life with full commitment. She is a gifted writer with an amazing talent of food photography and styling. Today Lubna is sharing with us all her knowledge about food photography along with some tips to better blogging. Over to you Lubna.
Salam and Hello….Warm welcome to all the
wonderful readers of Gheza-e-Shiriin. It’s been my immense pleasure to write a
post for you all. Hope you enjoying reading this post. This post is all about
my food blogging journey. Try to read each and every point carefully.
‘Experiment’ is the only term which I can suggest to you all when it is the
matter of food photography. In food blogging, the most important two things
apart from a good recipe and recipe writing style are, ‘Food Photography’ and ‘Food
Lets first start with Food Photography……
A lot more people ask me, how to improve
food photography skills? Is it all about camera…??...Thus ‘Black Beauty’, a
DSLR….help in taking good pictures??? These are some regular queries asked by
many…My simple answer is ‘know your camera’. Even a basic camera can do magic.
Read the manual which comes with camera carefully. Check out online what else
is available regarding your camera. Read it. The more you know about your
camera, the better. Experiment in all the modes available along with all the
Natural sunlight is best of all. You might
have read this zillion times…but one thing I have observed over the period of
time is ‘Knowing Light’. Initially I use to take my food to living room or to
front door or to terrace sometimes…just to get fresh natural light. Early
morning light is different from evening 4pm light. The intensity of light is
more during afternoons, which may give hard shadow to a picture.
One more thing which I have observed is,
light coming from a particular direction. Say in the below picture the light is
coming from right side window, which is North…not much change in light from 11
a.m. -3 p.m.
But in the picture below the light is
coming from same right side but from east. The light tends to fade from 11 a.m.
– 3 p.m.
The below picture is clicked in bright day
light where the light is coming from top. No reflector is used.
In the picture below the light is coming
from all the sides and I clicked it around 9.30 a.m., where the intensity of
light is not more.
Natural light depends on lot more factors
like, Weather, Country, Season, Building Floor, Size of light, Time of the day,
Showing mood of the food is one more aspect
in food photography. Say in the picture below, I wanted to show wintry morning
light in my soup…to go with post, weather and season…..
Nothing can be comforting than chilled
lassi on a bright summer day….so I clicked this picture in the summer afternoon
If the recipe is for any occasion or
festival give it the mood needed….The picture below is of cake which I made for
my blog’s fifth anniversary…a candle and ribbon says it all….
I clicked this picture of Lukhmi during
last Ramadan, and I need to show it…so the styling was done in such a way that
you can know, it’s a festive food.
OF REFLECTORS & DIFFUSERS:
The key to good food photography is to
learn how to diffuse and reflect (natural) light.
DIFFUSING LIGHT: Direct light or harsh
natural light or abundant light can create harsh shadows or washed out bright spots
in photos. This can be easily be handled by keeping a thin white sheer between
the subject and light source. For example, a white cotton lining cloth will
ease your work. This technique of using a sheer white cloth is called diffusing
light. You can even check online for diffusers.
This can also be called as bouncing light.
Using reflector you can bounce the light to spread evenly and you can even
control shadows of the subject. You can see in the picture below my darling
Lil’M is holding foam board for me. You can color foam boards to get different
shades in a picture. Sometimes a thin sheet of aluminium foil can also be used
Apart from these, there is side light,
front light and back light. Take these pictures for example; I have shot these
in three different lights…check out….
Hope by now you would have understood the
light play….Experiment to experience the nature’s wonderful light play in your
Styling of food is to bring out best of any
recipe. They say a man first eats with his eyes…so this implies to our food
blogging too…Whenever anyone enters our blog, appealing picture of a recipe is
more important. They are different recipes…recipes for every reason and every
season….call it party food, wedding food, comfort food, routine food, kids
special, breakfast, lunch box, romantic dinner recipes, drinks, summer recipes,
winter recipes, even rainy day recipes….
With styling and plating you can bring out
that season and reason of cooking of particular recipe. Some of the pictures
below are quite an example for food styling depending on the concept of the
It is whole a concept in itself. Keeping
the length of the post in mind…I am restricting this to talk about this in
future if possible…White props are best for food photography. There is no limit
for this…Keep your eyes open for props wherever you go…The best props which are
always handy and I use more often are under Rs.50/-. I won’t pick up anything
which is expensive and I am not comfortable clicking using it. Sometimes a
picture doesn’t call for many props. A simple styling or no prop pictures can
also be eye candy…These are some examples.
A simple fresh garnish can also do magic to
the pictures…Check below.
Human touch in food pictures can give life
to picture. Check this shot.
A clean neat layout with appealing header
for a blog can also be a major factor when you are food blogging. Array of
recipes with pictures if displayed in the side bar can enhance the look of the
Hope you have wonderful time reading this
post and hope this post of use to you. Thank you Huma for giving me this
wonderful opportunity to write on a subject which is my favourite but never
dared to write on it.
Thanks Lubna for giving my readers this amazing detailed post & we hope this will definitely help us to take much better photographs. As I always believe there's a never fullstop at learning, this series will continue with more bloggers and we will Learn Through Their Experiences.
Till then Byeee and do put in your thoughts about this post and questions if any.