Photography @ MQP: Fill it up!

By | June 21, 2012

It’s been more than three months since I blogged about photography, so I figured it was about time for something new in this section.

Today I want to talk about something so small that part of me questions whether it even warrants a post of its own: Filling dishes for a photo.

Let me show you what I mean.

In this photo from my iced coffee post, there’s a good inch of space between the coffee and the top of the glass. {Shudder.}

Now look at this one from my recent post on iced coffee milkshakes. Isn’t it amazing how much better it looks when that glass is filled to the top? (Okay, the chocolate shavings clearly don’t hurt, either.)

But it isn’t always enough to fill the cup/bowl/plate with food. Sometimes you need a little help. Like, from a towel.

You can’t see it, but I filled at least half of this bag with an old raggedy kitchen towel to bring the popcorn up to very top. There was no way I was using anything but this popcorn bag for those photos, and I just didn’t feel like popping more.

I mean, it wasn’t like I had been saving the bag for, say, an entire year since I found a pack of them in the dollar store during last summer’s trip to the States.

In times like those, it makes sense to use a bit of back-up. But sometimes it doesn’t.

…Like when I decided to use oh, the biggest glass bowl we own to showcase my baked bbq sweet potato chips.

I stuffed the bowl with smaller bowls, then strategically placed the chips in just the right places.

If it makes you feel better, I still made an inordinate amount of chips. Which was okay. We ate them. They were good.

But seriously. I didn’t have to do that. I could have used smaller bowls…which I did, afterward.

Live and learn, right?

Cook and learn…style and learn…photograph and learn.

Thanks for watching this episode of Photography at MQP. Stay tuned for the next one!


1 Comment

Prag on June 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm.

Pictures are stunning,in particular the one with the chips, love all the colour mix.

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