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Na megmsxbks boex!s
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Chava Mazal

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I know that the off-white plate is not the best with the white rice, but my options are limited. I chose red placemats to help bring in what I thought was complementary colors, but I removed it for a few shots because it looked cleaner without it. This is with two diffused light stands to the left. Is there something I'm missing--maybe with editing?--that can make these look better?

And what kind of plate would do better? I'm planning on going thrift shopping for some more options tomorrow.
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حُلُوَ
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Ok it's not food but a rolling pin !

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Aperture F/3.5
ISO - 200
exp time : 1/20 sec
natural light from left and behind

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Can I ask what the background is? I love the way the napkin, rolling pin, and the background look together! That rolling pin is so beautiful.
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Viana
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A useful tutorial!
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+Omi Gretchen Pastelería Alemana La Unión Got them! I'll get back to you with a few fixes. ;-)
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Amy Reese

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Weirdest background I've ever used. Can you guess what it is?
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+Amy Reese Patterned, sheer curtain?
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Angel food #cake for #breakfast!
This #photo was shot in my kitchen with Samsung smartphone.
Window light 🌞
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Grasias por tenermen encuenta
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A celestial cake ready to be fetched by the clients, inside the bakery, only natural lights used. Shot with Canon EOS 1200D. Have a wonderful day!
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+Omi Gretchen Pastelería Alemana La Unión You are welcome!
The internet is your friend. :-))
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Laurie V

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Day 3 of learning Splash photography. This time I used direct lighting with an outdoor spot light. Not sure what type of bulb, grabbed it from hubby's garage stuff. I did not use diffused light today. Light was set on the left side of subject, behind me.

1/1000 sec. F/3.5 ISO 150 24-70mm Nikkor Lens

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Thank you +Chava Mazal 
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It´s a plum & cream pie, and it has been shot with my Canon EOS1200D. I tried to avoid shadows, what do you think, I need to practice!
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A photography community for all those obsessed with creating beautiful photos of food and learning about food photography. Share your work, ask for critique, ask questions, let's all help each other improve our food photography skills! Fill out your profile. Make sure you have some posts, profile pic, etcotherwise, how should we know to include you when you want in? Quick rules summary: 1. Read the rules!! Don't Spam. No link littering. Post your own work only. Limit to 3 images/day. 2. This is not a place for "Photo Dumping" or just sharing food. Include with your posts something for discussion about photography - how you created your photo (EXIF/camera does NOT count!), questions, educational tips, etc. 3. Images that do not fit with the spirit of the community will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. 4. Please comment and interact on member's images, we are a community after all :)

Chava Mazal

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I'm still working on reshooting some of the other foods I've shared. However, I did get some pictures of brownies today that I think turned out decent. Natural light from a window on the left. I finally learned exposure compensation and left the ISO at 100. I wanted the plating to be white and clean for a contrast to the dark chocolate brownies. I didn't have to edit much, which was nice.
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I want one😭
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Viana
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This gorgeous little “Knusperhaus” made by Michael's talented wife @+Omi Gretchen Pastelería Alemana La Unión had another issue with a distracting background.
Adjusted in LR, going down the “Develop Module” including: Set white and black points, clarity, vibrance. Pulled into Photoshop. Used Nik “Define” to remove grain. Nik “Viveza 2” to bring out the details of the Knusperhaus. Sharpened in Topaz Detail 3 “Preserve Highlights.” Selected background in Photoshop and filled that with white. For the gradient version I picked up the lavender and purple. My favorite is the one with the lavender gradient.
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+Omi Gretchen Pastelería Alemana La Unión Say you will look at the instruction videos and learn, so you can do these simple things for your wife's glorious pastries. 😉
If you have any questions, let me know. Have a lovely evening.
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Viana
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What to do with a shot that has a distracting background?
Adjusted in LR, going down the “Develop Module” including: Set white and black points, clarity, vibrance, removed some of the yellow from the doily whites, adjusted lens distortion. Pulled into Photoshop. Used Nik “Define” to remove grain. Nik “Viveza 2” to brighten the shadow regions of the cake. Sharpened in Topaz “Preserve Highlights.”
Selected background in Photoshop and added a 45º gradient consisting of the burgundy background colour and white. I tried blurring and all white, but those were not as pleasing.
Obviously, this shot would process much better if the cake were in better focus, with a bokeh background.
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+Dupinder Yablonsky Yes—Thanks! The one with the doily is the "before."
It's just a simple background replacement.
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This shot also is a very old shot of mine taken with a Canon EOS1200D in my wife's bakery, the cooling device in the left upper corner is rather disturbing and the front biscuit seems to be out of focus in the right corner. I guess now with more feedback from the community the white tone is also far from perfect, it seems grey to some point. Now with so many nice advice I am experimenting with my cam to shoot some nicer pics the following days. Have a wonderful week!
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This shot of that delicious cake could be vastly improved +Omi Gretchen Pastelería Alemana La Unión using LR, Photoshop or Nik "Viveza 2." You can also improve the background by super blurring or even imposing another. Here is a tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u2BpzrwG3s
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Shot with my Canon EOS1200D two years ago. Now that I understand slightly more of photography I see that the white tone seems to be odd. And maybe there is too much midtowns, too. These are German Schillerlocken with cream and manjar which is kind of a Chilean milk cream. Have a wonderful day, all of you!
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pushpita sinha

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Hello everyone! A food blogger and a novice food photographer since past two years. I have been using my mobile phone to shoot all my final dishes and ingredients.
I love using natural daylight for both moody as well as bright photography. I use pure white sheer curtains as diffusers and few diy white and dark wooden boards during my shoots.
As part of Food Photography Community I look forward to learn from and share some of my work with everyone. Thank you for accepting my request and making me a part of this wonderful Community.
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!!estan preciosas !! 💋💋💋

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Homemade Jambalaya. Just like Grandma LaClark used to make in the old days in NOLA. One light north of the pot. One reflector south east of the pot.
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TheExploring Epicure

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"Meal Prep Week One", taken with a Samsung Galaxy 6. I'll pat myself on the back for a not too shabby, first attempt.
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Viana
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Behind the Scenes  - 
 
For the many people who have asked, here is a pullback of my simple, homemade setup. I have a small photo station set up in the dining room because, the family is usually waiting to eat and if I took the food shots in the studio, which is away from the main house, the food would get cold. I typically set plates and props up first, then take a few test shots to adjust the camera settings. Once plated I rarely take more than half a dozen shots for different angles or using various props.

For still lifes and food shots I use natural, diffused light from windows, reflectors and light funneling cards, generally with a 50 mm lens,  ISO 100, f/5.6 to f/11 with exposure compensation. The reflective surface, when used is a piece of plain, cut & beveled glass. The black background is a small, $3.- child’s fleece blanket; white backgrounds consist of a shower curtain liner.

Note the lighting from the side and the reflector, which in this case is a silver car sun-shield. My favorite reflector is a commercial gold one. The windows face due south and west.  I always shoot RAW and typically use Lightroom as well as Photoshop to develop my photos along with Nik and Topaz filters—depending on the subject matter.   😃 
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Ann Jacobson

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Freshly baked olive bread that is still warm from the oven. Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II camera and a 50 mm Sigma Art lens. Lit with an overhead strobe. #deliciousfood  
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Viana
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Cocktails and Drinks  - 
 
Mandarine Napoléon is a Cognac infused with mandarins—a delightful liqueur, quite different from Grand Marnier. This is an example of a shot lit with natural, diffused light from the back and side for +shirley byrd  who is working on lighting drinks. A gold reflector was used at left.
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