There’s no denying that food and travel go hand in hand. One of the most exciting things about going abroad is experiencing exotic flavours and indulging in different foods that we’re not used to sampling back home. Today, many of us are fortunate enough to enjoy our favourite cuisines in our homelands, thanks to an abundance of international restaurants; but an increase in international food stores, as well as more global ingredients appearing in regular supermarkets, means it’s easier than ever before to re-create these much-loved meals from the comfort of our own kitchens. There’s nothing quite like serving up an aesthetically pleasing masterpiece and knowing you’re responsible for its heavenly aromas and rich flavours. Around The World In 80 Dishes is the ultimate companion for any foodie – a collection of the most mouth-watering recipes from every corner of the globe, including fascinating insights into their origins. The most difficult problem you’ll face will be deciding what to cook next!
Weeknight meals can be on the table in a flash with this collection of clever recipes. Ready in just 17 minutes or under, these family-friendly dishes will make dinnertime easier. Plus, they’re from our Eat Real range, which means they’re packed with veg and lighter on the calories while still being super more-ish. Eating healthier really can be fast and fab!
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Australia’s Top-Rated Recipe Collections
Photography: Guy Bailey, Chris L Jones, Vanessa Levis, Mark Roper, Jeremy Simons, Brett Stevens, Craig Wall
I never would have guessed that I would be a professional food photographer and stylist. I’ve always gravitated towards people and dramatic costumes and makeup as my muses. I quickly learned that I can have just as much creative flair with food and, also have a subject that doesn’t talk back or cancel a session. It does, however, expire.
My advice to those starting out is to find and make as many of your props and surfaces as you can. You also don’t need brand new equipment or gear. If you do your research, you can find good deals on used equipment or even rent before you buy to see what you like. Some of the surfaces I like to shoot with the most are ones I’ve made myself. They are also guaranteed to be unique.
Open to professional and non-professional, old and young, the Awards celebrate the very best in food photography and film from around the world.
The categories cover the full cultural range of the depiction of food in society – there is something for everyone. From styled food for magazines to images of families eating together in celebration of religious festivals, from depictions of the realities of food production to food growing in its natural setting.
Pumpkins At Sunrise
1st Place Andrew Newey, United Kingdom
Food in the Field Category
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1st Place Kazi Mushfiq, Bangladesh
Bring Home the Harvest Category
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Preparing For The Nightshift
1st Place Tiree Dawson, United Kingdom
Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer
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1st Place Jianhui Liao, China
Food for Celebration Category
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Tarte Tatin With Thyme
1st Place Nick Millward, United Kingdom
Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture
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Food Photography by Artur J. Heller Graphic designer, photographer. Very creative and independent. 23 years experience in DTP, design, photography. Running own graphic design studio. I like challenges and hard work that brings great results. I manage well working under pressure when it comes to deadlines. No project is too small or too big.
Take a moment to play around with basic photo framing: the rule of thirds, S curves, leading lines, diagonal lines, and symmetry versus asymmetry. Certain foods may look beautiful when arranged on a simple plate, while other foods take on a new form if you fill your frame with an extreme close-up. On the opposite side of the spectrum, you don’t have to fit everything in your photo every time. Let your viewer’s imagination run wild by choosing to share just a part of your seven-course spread.
Natural lighting is good, but natural lighting with a hazy filter is even better. Always aim to shoot outdoors during golden hour or use translucent curtains to filter intense light through windows. Also, don’t be afraid of shooting at a high ISO (400 – 1600) to get an artfully grainy shot. If neither of these options are available, use a camera with manual settings to adjust exposure or a lens with a fast aperture that captures more light when shooting delectable dishes in low light areas. Just leave the flash off.
A perfect image is all in the prep. This could mean work-in-progress shots of diced vegetables on a wooden board or fruit sitting in a harvest basket waiting to be baked. Use ingredients to add character and texture by creating imperfections like overflowing sauces, dollops of cream, herbs, crumbs, and grains of sea salt. Again, think about the depth of your photo and focus on various ingredients to see what yields the best shot.
I always say that composition is 51 percent of a photo, editing is 49 percent, and lighting is 100 percent. Lighting is everything. Think about what a camera is: it’s a box that lets in light. Beyond that, composition is the foundation of your photo. Because composition is based on universal visual principles, it’s the thing that’s going to make your photograph universally appealing. That being said, editing is the thing that’s going to make your photograph even more attractive. Basically, think of composition like bone structure and editing as your makeup.
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Capture drool-worthy photos of your favorite foods with these photography tips.
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