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Author:  Double Negative [ Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Food Photography Tricks

Not really the realm of rangefinders, but always an interesting topic. Just not around dinner - as this may make you lose your appetite... :o

Antacid is dropped into soda to create fizz and bubbles
Boot polish is rubbed onto char-grilled foods to make them shine
Cardboard is placed inside of food such as hamburgers to give it more volume
Colored waxes can be melted to look like various sauces
Cotton balls can add warmth to your meal. Soak them in water, microwave them, and place them behind foods for some instant steam.
Dish soap is mixed into drinks to create surface bubbles
Fabric protector is sprayed onto pancakes to prevent them from absorbing syrup
Glue can be used as a replacement for milk for foods like cereal
Glycerin is coated onto seafood to make it look juicier. It can also be mixed with water to make longer-lasting drops.
Hair spray can be used make dried-out foods look fresh again
Incense sticks can be used to add steam to shots
Laquer is painted onto rice to make the grains shinier and less sticky
Lemon extract can be used to remove the blue letters and numbers printed on food bottles.
Liquid glucose is mixed into noodles to make them look hot and fresh
Mashed potato is used as a replacement for ice cream due to the fact that it doesn’t melt. Color it to change its flavor. It can also be injected into meat to give volume, or stuffed into a pie to allow for picture perfect slices — just make sure the edges are covered with actual filling.
Motor oil is used as a replacement for dull-looking syrups due to the fact that it shines in the light.
Plastic ice cubes replace real ones due to the fact that they don’t melt
Shaving cream is used instead of whipped cream because it’s less runny and is easier to shape
Spray deodorant is used to make certain fruits (e.g. grapes) shine
Toothpicks are used to prop up food for better angles and increased volume

(via Petapixel)

More tricks available here:

Quora
Pixiq
DivineCaroline
Photopoly
PR Daily
Food Photography Blog

Author:  kokoshawnuff [ Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Food Photography Tricks

I always knew those fast food photographers where extremely talented, because none of that stuff looks remotely similar to what you actually get!

Author:  Double Negative [ Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Food Photography Tricks

kokoshawnuff wrote:
I always knew those fast food photographers where extremely talented, because none of that stuff looks remotely similar to what you actually get!

Oh, I know, right?! You unwrap your Wheezeburger Deluxe and it's this deflated, sloppy, nasty looking thing...

Maybe a little shoe polish isn't so bad? :p

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