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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - fast-ed.com.au

IS it just me, or does the en­tire ecosys­tem of so­cial me­dia seem to be in­hab­ited in equal mea­sures by photos of sun­rises, pout­ing self­ies, small cats do­ing in­ex­pli­ca­ble things, and a truly as­ton­ish­ing ar­ray of foods.

For all the tech­no­log­i­cal power at our disposal, that seems to give short shrift to the idea of progress.

But who am I to judge, check out my own feeds and you’ll see I’m as guilty as any­one. That said, if you’re go­ing to post pictures of food, make them de­li­cious. And there’s a few pro­fes­sional tips you can eas­ily learn that will help trans­form your tired­look­ing din­ner into a work of dig­i­tal art.

RULE 1: It’s all about the shad­ows. Most peo­ple think that an im­age is com­posed of light, but shape ac­tu­ally comes from its op­po­site. In most in­door sit­u­a­tions the il­lu­mi­na­tion comes from overhead, usu­ally by way of down­lights. These flat­ten the food and make it look drab. Try hold­ing some­thing over the plate – a menu works well in a restau­rant. This al­lows light to come in from the sides, and gives your im­age far bet­ter form. RULE 2: Re­mem­ber the con­trast con­trasts – light/dark, tones/of tones/off­set colours, shapes. High-co High-con­trast light­ing gives the food punch. Us­ing a tonally l lay­ered back­ground (think v vari­a­tions of greys) with ind in­di­vid­ual colours placed o on top (say the red and gree green of salad) gives the im­age v vi­brancy and depth. A var va­ri­ety of shapes makes the im­age in­ter­est­ing. RULE 3: Smart­phonesSm don’t cut theth mus­tard, at least not yet. If you’re re­ally keen on mak­ing your so­cial feed a work of ed­i­ble a art, in­vest in a q qual­ity dig­i­tal stills ca camera. Also, there ar are some ex­cel­lent app apps for edit­ing ava avail­able, even a mo­bile vers ver­sion of Adobe’s inim­itable Pho­to­shop, so there’s no longer an ex­cuse for slop­pily ren­dered im­ages.

Trans­form your tired­look­ing din­ner into a work of dig­i­tal art

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