Look for the light
‘Natural light is your best friend, especially in a hawker centre. Find a table nearer to the light or a window and snap away. You can also play with shadows if you want a moodier or more artistic feel to your photos. Avoid shooting under spotlights and artificial lights – it makes the food look unappetising and lacking in texture.’
‘The top-down shot is the best angle when shooting with your smartphone. There’s so much you can do with a phone camera. Properly position your camera over your dish to get a good overhead shot, and play with different compositions. Sometimes, less is more, so you don’t always have to try to squeeze all your plates in the same picture.’
Get a little help from your friends
‘Use their hands to model. A little bit of action in a shot adds a nice, lively touch to a photograph. It also portrays the vibrancy and liveliness of our hawker centres. Add a little caption to the scene when you share it on Instagram or Twitter and continue to spread the joy of photography and food!’
See www.thekitchensociety.com for details on Bellegarde’s next food styling and photography class ($220).