Know your food
While shooting the food, it is paramount that you know it well. The ingredients and their properties come in handy while shooting. Accompaniments which go well with your curry will enhance your image. A basket of paratha, pickle, a glass of chaas and pappad to accompany will go well with your chicken curry and add some depth to the field at the same time.
Keep it neat
Make sure the chicken pieces are coated with gravy and don’t have a dry spot. As you position the chicken pieces in your gravy, you might leave your fingerprints on them. Use a paint brush to smear some gravy on the pieces before you take a shot.
Let it look natural
Lighting the curry is one of the most vital parts of your shoot. You must remember to do so in a way that makes it look as natural as possible. Your lighting source should have an end, which means it should fade out.
The shoot timing matters
What time of the day you are planning to show through your chicken curry is also important. The lighting and composition of the frame will differ accordingly. Lunch will have a much brighter tone of light as compared to dinner. A dinner meal will be a shade or two darker.
Get the mood right
The image of your chicken curry should also be able to capture the mood. It’s a simple rule: food images are nothing without the mood. You need to have the embellishments around it, like the table top, napkins, spoons etc. All these matter for a great shot and enhance the effect of the image.
To sum it all up, food styling and photography is a very ambiguous medium, each and every food dish can look good, but you just need to have the vision to see it. You can learn about aesthetics and balance by looking at different food images and how they are shot.
Have you tried styling and shooting food? What challenges have you faced? Let us know in the comments below.