Saturday, March 10, 2012

Experimenting New Ingredient is Experimenting a New Shoot

What i just said in my topic is absolutely true. A food photography definitely comes out within you only when you have that urge to try something the next morning you get up from your bed. Don't sit in the thought that a morning you will get a call from an elite hotel asking you to come down and take photos of their newly tried dish by one of their renowned chef's. No! You are the master of your creativity. Only you have to be your own chef, run to the departmental stores rather than running down to a mega sale offer this Sunday. Pick up some new ingredients that you read about in any of your food magazines, go ahead try that recipe out. Make mistakes, learn from them. But remember, just make it out for once.

This photo shoot is the exact example of what i want to explain you in this topic. Lately i wanted to put something new for my readers here. I also wanted to put down some new recipes so that everyone gets something new to try on, and not just another rice recipes that we all read in almost all the recipe and food blogs, just that they are modified with different words. Ingredients are just the same for all. I went to the near by grocery store the last Sunday which keeps lot of international ingredients. I did not really know what i am picking up because i din't have a recipe in my mind. I just went on picking up ingredients randomly which felt cheesy to my mind.
Like i tried my hands on Thai Jasmine Rice, Chicken Satay Sauce, Sage Leaves, Mushrooms etc, trust me i have never used Thai Jasmine Rice ever before in my life, but i had this eagerness to try new ingredients in my cooking. Invent something new and place before you to give you a invention what i call as Culinary Goddess Inventions. I am not exactly explaining you how i prepared this dish. Though i will be writing a recipe corner on this soon. I want to just let you know, if you want to click away any food just for the sake of your food photography business. That is not going to work at all. You have to start yourself from the bits.

When you cook a dish all by yourself, there is a very different urge to get it shoot and proudly keep in front of your fans. So that you know you have worked hard to get this frame so correct. Place all the props you think will look good with your dish. I went shopping for this black table liner, I have lot of new ways to display a black background for my food photography. There will be lot shoot which will show up my black table liner in near future but totally in different ways. Bring out all your old decorations that you don't use anymore. Or whenever you go for a trip in a new place pick up something that will please your eyes, but see that it pleases you only keeping your food photography in mind. I picked up this green candle lamp from a flea market in a small hill station. But i never used it up til now. The very first time i lit this lamp was to shoot my Thai jasmine rice recipe :)

I never knew i will get such a glow of this lamp and that too in this photo shoot. I am happy that i purchased it. There are several such things that you must have bought from small flea markets but never got a chance to use? why not now when you will be cooking and shooting your new recipe right after you read this post? Everything is easy until you make it look like one. Food photography starts from scrap and its something you make it right from the raw ingredient to a beautiful, lavish and mouthwatering dish oozing out from your computer screen and making your viewers lick their screens.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead explore the galore of your minds filled with so many creative ideas. I am sure you will come up with something never seen before.