Photography is not just about getting the right angles and right lights. It's a lot more that goes behind getting a perfect frame. Likewise, when it comes to food photography, you only see the delicious dish that the photograph portrays. But what goes behind is a lot of effort by the food stylist.
Read on to know its importance…
Just the way you use your makeup, the food also needs its makeup. That's right, guys! Food in these days, especially for cafes and restaurants needs to look as scrumptious as it tastes.
Here's where the food stylist's skills come to use.
When it comes to cinematographers and photographers who shoot food for TV commercials, the tabletop needs to be set up right by the food stylists. They constantly have to be there to make the food look right, especially when they shoot piping hot food or really cold ones which might lose its charm in a couple of minutes. As much as the guy holding the camera needs to be quick with capturing the right image, the stylist has to be equally skilled at making the food look fresh and suave till the end.
Very important to know!
Just how fashion stylists aren't fashion designers, food stylists need not be chefs. Styling is a whole new concept. The chef cooks the dish with all her/his knowledge of special ingredients and spices, wherein food stylists use props and garnishers to make the food look appetising to the eyes.
Not only does first impression matter when you meet someone new, but it also matters a lot when you have to decide what to eat. I mean, come on! A very attractively styled food picture along with the menu works more than just a list of dishes, doesn't it?
Right! As much as the stylists know how to style a particular eating item, they can very well know which angle is better for the food to look its best. There are a lot of food stylists who are photographers themselves since they've now perfected their skills at both.
So guys, especially food photographers, give some credit to the food stylist the next time you shoot a mouth-watering dish for whatever reason.
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