Digital Photography Tips to Make Your Food Look Even More Delicious

July 21st, 2018

Here are some handy food photography tips from Jonathan Berriman.

Source: Pixabay.com

Source: Pixabay.com

We’ve all had that millennial moment where we are served a delicious looking dish and immediately stand up to take a photo. Sometimes it just looks too good not to. Food photographers are some of the most followed influencers on Instagram and for good reason: people love food. We love eating food, we love making food, and we love looking at food.

However, there are times when we go to take a photo of our tasty dish, only for it to come out looking like the dog’s dinner. When building a food photography brand, consistency is important and making sure each and every shot looks incredible is the key to success. Here are some of our top tips to make your food snaps look even more delicious.

The Right Light

One of the most important aspects of food photography is getting the right lighting. You don’t want a photo that’s too dark or overexposed. Natural lighting is by far the best light you can use as it adds a soft and vibrant look to your dish without making it look unnatural or giving it the colour tint that indoor lighting often does.

Backlighting and side lighting make for the best food photos. You don’t want to slide your plate right into the sunshine – it’s harsh and unflattering. And if natural light isn’t an option, there are some great indoor lights that can give that natural-light look. For example, the Lowel EGO Lights for food photography are artificial lights but they give a natural look to your photos. It’s not too bright, you don’t need to be an experienced professional to learn how to use it and it will have your food pics looking truly yummy.

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Source: Pexels.com

The Right Lens

Choosing the right lens to use with your DSLR can be tricky when it comes to food photography. Depending on the kind of shot you want, the lens makes a huge difference. The so-called ‘nifty-fifty’ 50mm lens is one of the best you can use as a beginner. They are perfect for cropping your image and they are best used for flatlay shots. It’s a great lens to use in low light conditions with a high aperture, and it’s a budget-conscious lens.

If you want 45-degree angles for a softer, more detailed food shot, the 90-105mm Macro lens is ideal. They make the image look very flattering and the right lighting makes the dish look natural and detailed.

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Source: Pexels.com

The Right Subject

Another important aspect of food photography is the food you use. Homemade food can look great, but it can be a gamble. While a homemade pizza may taste amazing, it might not look so great. The reason so many food photographers shoot in restaurants isn’t just for the great lighting, it’s for the professionally made food.

A professionally made pepperoni pizza will look far more photogenic, so if you don’t want to leave the house you could try ordering one from Deliveroo to help you get the best shot possible.

Food photography is a fun hobby and can even be a lucrative career. You don’t need all the expensive equipment to be a good photographer either as there are affordable options available. All it takes is the right lens, the right light, the right food and boom, you’ve got a photo that looks good enough to eat!

Yamaha Opens 1st AV Lifestyle Concept Showroom in Singapore

July 6th, 2018

Yamaha Audio Visual launched its first lifestyle concept store in Singapore. The Yamaha Experience Studio (YES) is its first in ASEAN and is located at #06-02 in Plaza Singapura.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The Yamaha Experience Studio combines the authenticity of listening to music with the technologies that make the experience available at the time and place that consumers want to enjoy.

The 58-sqm flagship store will provide a space for audiophiles to experience the performance of high fidelity audio, including its acclaimed AVENTAGE AV Receiver series and new MusicCast system.

It is designed to enable visitors to hear music as if the artist was in the room with them, as well as to learn how to reproduce this experience in their own environment.

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I visited the Yamaha Experience Studio as part of the media preview and enjoyed the high fidelity audio visual experience presented.

The products at the Yamaha Experience Studio feature patented technologies that have been developed over many years.

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New Arrival: Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router (StarHub Exclusive)

July 6th, 2018

StarHub Broadband and Hubbing Plans subscribers will receive the new Linksys AC2600 router (usual price S$329) at no additional cost.

The new Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router is available in Singapore exclusively to StarHub subscribers but may be available in other countries in the future.

The new Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream MU-MIMO Router is available in Singapore exclusively to StarHub subscribers but may be available in other countries in the future.

Linksys has teamed up with StarHub to announce the launch of the Linksys EA8100-AH Max-Stream™ AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router for StarHub customers in Singapore.

Media briefing on the new Linksys EA8100-AH AC2600 router at the company’s office at South Beach Tower in Singapore.

Starting from 7 July, customers who sign up for or renew their StarHub 1Gbps Fibre Home Broadband and HomeHub Plus plans will receive the all-new Linksys EA8100 at no additional cost (usual price: S$329).

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New Arrival: Dell G Series Gaming Laptops and Peripherals

July 4th, 2018

Dell launches new series of gaming laptops and stars in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie. Models and prices below.

“Technology has always been about advancing human progress, and this core belief drives everything that we do,” said Rakesh Mandal (2nd from right), Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

Moving from “Inspiron Gaming” to the “Dell G Series”, the new family introduces a new look for two new gaming laptops in Singapore.

“This exciting partnership with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp demonstrates the super powers of technology. It brings to life our goal to empower everyone with the capabilities of Dell devices and technology in pushing boundaries in design and gameplay – be it for gamers, visual effects artists or the average movie-goer,” said Rakesh Mandal, Senior Director & General Manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell.

The Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 feature gaming-forward designs and snappy performances at affordable prices.

These new G Series gaming laptops come equipped with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ high performance processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 Series graphics processing units (GPUs).

The high performance gaming laptops play a role in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” movie which was released around the world today.

Dell hardware, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision workstations, were used to produce visual special effects for the film.

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Offering gaming solutions for players of all levels and budgets, Dell today announced two new Windows 10 gaming PCs – the Dell G3 15 and Dell G7 15 systems – at a private screening of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” film in Singapore.

The new gaming laptops and peripherals are listed below with prices.

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Holiday greetings: Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2018

June 15th, 2018

Here’s wishing all Muslim friends: “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri”!

Masjid Sultan, or Sultan Mosque, in the Kampong Glam district of Singapore. Completed after 2 years in 1826, the mosque can accommodate up to 5000 people in mass prayer.

It’s Hari Raya Puasa today.

After a whole month of fasting during Ramadan, today is the day that our Muslim friends have been looking forward to.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

New arrival: OPPO R15 and OPPO R15 Pro Android smartphones

May 17th, 2018

The OPPO R15 (S$749) and OPPO R15 Pro (S$899) will be available online and in Singapore stores from 26 May.

The OPPO R15 (center & right) will be available in Nebula Purple and Rouge Red in Singapore while the OPPO R15 Pro (left) will be available in Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red.

The OPPO R15 (center & right) will be available in Nebula Purple and Rouge Red in Singapore while the OPPO R15 Pro (left) will be available in Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red.

OPPO Singapore announced the launch of the OPPO R15 and R15 Pro yesterday at their launch event at Zouk Capital.

Top features of the OPPO R15 series include the following.

  • New gradient design on a glass back in Nebula Purple for the OPPO R15 and Cosmic Purple & Ruby Red for the OPPO R15 Pro.
  • AI-enhanced camera adopting the Sony IMX519 sensor in dual rear cameras (R15: 16MP+5MP; R15 Pro: 16MP+20MP) offering high quality camera capabilities.
  • Super Full Screen with a 6.28-inch bezel-less screen featuring a resolution of 2280 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 19:9.
  • Memory and storage space of 128 GB ROM with 6 GB RAM(DDR4) for both models.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: LG Connect 2018 Asia – Commercial Displays & Home Solutions

May 8th, 2018

LG Connect 2018 Asia is a showcase of the company’s innovations to enhance end-user experience across the retail, hospitality, transport and residential sectors targeting citizens of smart nations at work and play.

LG 55″ transparent OLED signage, with razor-thin bezels. With 40% transparency, this display will be launched end this year or next year.

The LG Connect 2018 Asia was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.

“Buoyed by an all-encompassing suite of solutions, LG is excited to partner with businesses in Asia to help expand their portfolios of offerings. Together, we can build technological infrastructures that are future proof and can bring immense benefits to end-users across all the retail, hospitality, transport and residential industries,” says Steve Song, Asia Regional Chief Executive Officer of LG Electronics.

Among the impressive lineup of commercial displays showcased were the Open Frame OLED digital signage, the 55-inch Transparent OLED signage, the In-Glass OLED Wallpaper, OLED Wallpaper Hotel TV, Ultra HD smart displays, 0.9mm even bezel video wall, IPS Interactive Digital Boards, and 88-inch Ultra Stretch displays.

Solutions using these displays in various commercial settings were also exhibited, eg. Pro:Centric smart platform for hotels, and All-in-one Collaboration Solution for business centers, as well as SmartThinQ ecosystem for home appliances and ThinQ AI for LG’s Signature OLED TV W8.

Details below from the press release.

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CE China 2018 – Successfully bridging brands to consumers

May 5th, 2018

Today, CE China 2018 draws to a close after three days of connecting brands to manufacturers, retailers and consumers in the pan-Asian region. Tech4tea.com reports as an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

In total, 146 companies from 12 countries presented their brands, showcasing consumer electronics and home appliances products.

On top of that, 25 prominent speakers from 9 countries shared their market knowledge with retailers, trade visitors and prosumers.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 demonstrated a clear growth in quality compared to previous installments.

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CE China 2018 – Interview with Jens Heithecker & Dirk Koslowski

May 4th, 2018

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin; while Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

Here are some thoughts from the men behind CE China 2018.

Question: In 2017, you had 120 exhibitors showcasing their innovations to 11,500 visitors from 38 countries, within one exhibition hall with 15,000 square metres of exhibition space. This year, the scale is similar. I understand CE China focuses more on quality and focus rather than on size, but in terms of future evolution, is this the ‘steady-state’ size of the show that you’re looking at for the next five years, or are you planning to scale it up in terms of size.

Koslowski: That’s correct. Anyone who has experienced CE China since its premiere in 2016 has witnessed the level of quality that the organisers of IFA pursue with our international retail events. It continues to be our objective to provide all our partners with the most efficient and effective platform for the continuous exchange between brands and retail, outside of political intentions and issues, purely focused on the core purpose of doing business.

Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Koslowski: This does not necessarily go hand in hand with huge growth spikes in exhibition space, especially during the introductory phase. What matters more to us is a consistent, credible qualitative development that is based on partnerships – just like outlined above. We may be acting very German in this regard – however, that is exactly what we aspire to and what our partners expect from us.

Jens Heithecker on the roles and significance of CE China 2018.

Question: How do you envisage CE China 5 years from now, in 2023 – in terms of scale and nature? What is your vision for CE China in that timeframe?

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CE China 2018 – Opening & Day 1 with IFA Retail University

May 3rd, 2018

CE China kicked off its third installment this morning in an opening ceremony attended by Shenzhen Vice Mayor Chen Biao. The first of three days for CE China 2018 saw the successful completion of the new IFA Retail University.

Ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of CE China 2018 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in China.

Ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of CE China 2018 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in China.

IFA Retail University is a new format in CE China where international exhibitors at trade show presents their latest products and share their brands’ strategies and visions in short 20-minute “power briefings” in the IFA-GPC style.

From right: Guest-of-Honour for the opening of CE China 2018, Chen Biao (Shenzhen Vice Mayor) with Dai Fengjun (EVP, South China, Suning.com Group).

From right: Guest-of-Honour for the opening of CE China 2018, Chen Biao (Shenzhen Vice Mayor) with Dai Fengjun (EVP, South China, Suning.com Group).

Industry analysts from GfK and IHS Markit also presented their findings on trends and forecasts for the region.

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