It took me a while to actually start this blog. I was hesitating, I was unsure if the content will cut the mustard. I knew the best way is to throw yourself in at the deep end and just see how it goes; still, I had been delaying it, and delaying it. Then I read an interview with David Frankiel, an ever so inspiring food blogger and photographer and his advice on food blogging:
…the very essence of food blogs is about recipe sharing and improving your cooking, writing and photography skills. Blog for the fun of it and to get the opportunity to learn…
That sounded about right, and it resonated with me. It should be all about having fun, just like cooking is for me. And then just learn (a lot in my case) and improve as you go! And hope that practice-makes-perfect works in my case as well.
Writing and photography skills have always been a sore spot; food photography is just so important when it comes to food blogs – any food blogger worth their salt should invest in it and get better and better at. And I’m no photographer. And like with everything, I wanted to learn from the best. Luckily for me, my friend Sean is a fantastic photographer, and a very inspirational mate as well. He has been patiently giving me tips and tricks but finally we did a cool workshop together last weekend that Sean has created for one of his tutorials (among many on his YouTube channel) on food photography at home. So we did a little collaboration – where I contributed with my recipes and cooking and a bit of food styling.
Sean started his career as a food photographer actually, and through his vast experience he’s acquired some serious knowledge in the field. So you’ll find some fundamental tips on here how to improve your food photos if you are already taking them, or if you wanna dip your toes in the water with the genre. I know I’ve learned a lot(!) from him. And from the tutorial.
Besides the food, that you should definitely make look good, taking great photos comes down to using lighting properly. Just like with painting, still life drawing… Light is everything. And using natural light is the way forward in food photography. If you have a pretty-looking dish, and cleverly use natural light, not much else is needed. You can learn more on this in the tutorial and Sean explaining it in more depth.
When I say that food should look good – it should be look tasty, be mouth-watering, with vibrant colours but also styled nicely. Food styling was another area that I had to learn a lot. I have worked with food stylist before and learned a great deal. Somewhere along the way, I have realised I like my photos just as I like my design – less is more. Simplicity. So while still learning on styling and trying to improve, I have been flying by the seat of my pants and hoping that all my design experience over the years will help a bit.
Since the workshop, I have been applying what I learned and it has been so much fun taking these photos below! Almost as much fun as cooking (and eating) the actual food.
It was a bbq kinda day and I wanted to make everything from scratch – veggie burgers, rye buns, chickpea chips (panisse), relishes, and pudding (obviously). And considering there were no leftovers… I would say the recipes were sort of a success. So you may expect them up on Riyuu very soon.