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Submitted by on November 13, 2009 – 8:35 pm3 Comments

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

This was rejected from FoodGawker for “Harsh lighting and/or overexposed.” What advice can you give to the foodie photographer behind the photo to improve this attempt?

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  • Amanda says:

    Honestly… I have no idea what this food is and how on earth to make it look pretty. I think maybe just chalk this one up to a learning experience and move on to the next…
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Guess What I Didn’t Have to Do? =-.

  • Jenn says:

    I have two suggestions here –

    1. Don’t use a flash or bright lighting shining directly on the food one is photographing. Food tends to look a lot more appetizing without a flash and I would bet this is the reason for the “harsh lighting” comment.

    2. If one is having a hard time getting food to look awesome in the dish it was cooked in, try photographing it in serving sizes(in this case, in the bowl the soup would have been served in). There is a lot going on in this soup and if one could simplify the photograph a bit it would be easier for the viewer to understand the elements present. In my experience, oftentimes smaller portions are easier to photograph.

    Good luck! I’m sure it was very yummy!
    .-= Jenn´s last blog ..Gluten Free Empanadas =-.

  • Casey says:

    Also, as Jenn has pointed out before, soup is very, very hard to photograph, period.

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