Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Digital Photography Tips to Make Your Food Look Even More Delicious

Saturday, 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!

Weekender: Hotdogs Inc with beer garden

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

If you’re a hotdog lover in Singapore, here’s a restaurant where you can hang out and enjoy some delightful hotdogs with beer.

* This article first appeared in The Travel Memoir and is reposted here with permission.

Hotdogs Inc is in PoMo Mall, where many adult students attend classes at schools such as Kaplan in the vicinity.

Hotdogs Inc is in PoMo Mall, where many adult students attend classes at schools such as Kaplan in the vicinity.

Hotdogs Inc doles out high-quality sausages paired with freshly made buns.

Since its inception last year, mainstays such as Wagyu Beef Roll; Soft Shell Crab; and Pork Cheese Sausage have won the hearts of gourmands.

My Favourite

I tried out the new menu dishes at Hotdogs Inc and was delighted with the variety of hotdogs on offer.

My favourite was the Kurobuta Pork Roll which is made from the juicy, tender and high-end meat culled from Berkshire pigs, which boasts delectable marbling.

You can have it with either Asian, German or Japanese topping – I was partial to the German one.

The Kurobuta went down well with the Great White Beer by the New Zealand-based Mac’s Brewery.

New additions to the A La Carte menu include (clockwise from bottom rightt) Truffle Fries (S$5.80), Kurobuta Pork Roll (S$8.80), Man’s Jumbo Special (S$14.80), and Lady’s Secret Delight (S$9.80).

New additions to the A La Carte menu include (clockwise from bottom rightt) Truffle Fries (S$5.80), Kurobuta Pork Roll (S$8.80), Man’s Jumbo Special (S$14.80), and Lady’s Secret Delight (S$9.80).

The restaurant also serves up delectable side dishes such as Cheeky Spicy Wings and Premium Squid Balls.

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Batman v Superman meals & postage stamps in Singapore

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Fans of the movie can order a film-themed menu at the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe from today, and purchase a limited edition MyStamp Collection from 24 March. Prices below.

The action adventure movie - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in Singapore on 25 March.

The action adventure movie – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in Singapore on 24 March, 2016.

The collaboration between Singapore Post and Warner Bros. Consumer Products will see the launch of a limited edition MyStamp Collection in conjunction with the Singapore premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Superman’s Pasta Crevettes Carbonara (S$28.90++). Fettuccine Pasta | Poached Organic Egg | Mentaiko Cream | Red Prawns | Ikura | Parmigiano Shaved.

A specially designed menu will also be launched at the DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CAFE.

 

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Batman’s Truffle Pasta (S$26.90++). Squid Ink Linguine | Alba Truffle Sauce | Sauteed Garlic White Shrimp Tall | Arugula Salad | Parmigiano Shaved.

Fans may also win movie tickets through contests from SingPost and DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CAFE.

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Travel: Meeting Dato’ Chef Ismail at Restoran Rebung in KL

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Dato’ Chef Ismail is the food ambassador of the Malaysian Tourism Ministry and owner of Restoran Rebung in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

tech4tea.com was invited by Tourism Malaysia to check out the restaurant and meet with the affable owner-chef. Here are some pictures that Wee Wu Neo has sent back to Singapore. Text by John Tan.

Chef Ismail shares how he helped his grandmother in the kitchen since he was five, learning how to cook Malay heritage dishes over the years.

Chef Ismail shares how he helped his grandmother in the kitchen since he was five, learning how to cook Malay heritage dishes over the years.

Restoran Rebung is located at No. 4-2 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar (59000) in KL, near to the bustling nightlife in the capital’s Bangsar district.

Siput Sedut or Belitung cooked in curry. In case you’re wondering, it is a species of Sea Snail.

Siput Sedut or Belitung cooked in curry. In case you’re wondering, it is a species of Sea Snail.

The interior decor is very traditional and reminds one of the typical Malay home.

Get a taste of Negri Sembilan at Restoran Rebung.

Get a taste of Negri Sembilan at Restoran Rebung.

The 55-year-old celebrity Chef Ismail Ahmad grew up in a small village in the Malaysian state of Negri Sembilan and includes in his menu a huge list of local cuisine that diners can order a la carte or through a buffet.

Nasi Lemak - fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf - wrapped in banana leaf and old newspaper.

Nasi Lemak – fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf – wrapped in banana leaf and old newspaper.

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POTD: Celebrating Hari Raya Puasa with family and loved ones

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

How does a traditional Malay family celebrate Hari Raya Puasa? Rasyida Sam contributed these photos to let us take a peek.

This year’s Hari Raya is a special one for me as it is the first time I am going around introducing everyone to my fiancé, so it is a chance for them to get to know the soon-to-be new addition to the family who is also new to the culture. Photo/Captions by Rasyida Sam.

This year’s Hari Raya is a special one for me as it is the first time I am going around introducing everyone to my fiancé, so it is a chance for them to get to know the soon-to-be new addition to the family who is also new to the culture. Photo/Captions by Rasyida Sam.

For Rasyida, Hari Raya Puasa, also known as the Eidul Fitri, is a great occasion and opportunity for her to be with family and loved ones.

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POTD: Smiley and cool cupcakes

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Here are some cheerful cupcakes to light up your day.

Take your pick of favourite vibes from these cheerful cupcakes. Photo taken with an Olympus E-450 with Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Take your pick of favourite vibes from these cheerful cupcakes. Photo taken with an Olympus E-450 with Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Got a box of these cheery cupcakes during the launch of the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone in Singapore some 2 weeks back.

Have been saving this snapshot to cheer up the day.

POTD: Cheap and versatile – shish kebab and doner kebab

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

My favourite dish not only in the local night bazaar but also when I travel overseas – the variations of kebabs – especially the shish and doner kebabs.

Nothing beats a smoking hot kebab on a Winter’s night in Europe. But here in tropical Singapore, it is no less inviting. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Nothing beats a smoking hot kebab on a Winter’s night in temperate countries. But here in tropical Singapore, it is no less inviting. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Originating in the Middle East, kebabs have become popular in many other countries for many years now.

They are delicious and affordable, and can be eaten at a roadside kiosk, a proper restaurant, or taken away to be enjoyed on the go.

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POTD: Hari Raya cookies for family, visitors and friends

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

One of the things I love about Hari Raya is eating the delicious cookies that Muslim friends and colleagues share when the festival approaches. They are tasty and make delectable snacks suitable for all occasions.

 Rows and rows of Hari Raya cookies on sale at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Rows and rows of Hari Raya cookies on sale at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

You can also buy them at shops and the Ramadan Night Bazaar.

If you’re a baker or feeling adventurous, you could also try baking some yourself!

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Gordon Ramsay VS Singapore Chilli Crab, Laksa & Chicken Rice

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

After eight days of intensive voting and over 2.5 million votes, Singapore has chosen Ang Kiam Meng from Jumbo Seafood (319,922 votes), Mdm Foo Kui Lian from Tian Tian Chicken Rice (318,151 votes), and Mr Ryan Koh from 328 Katong Laksa (316,611 votes) as their most popular hawkers to challenge Gordon Ramsay at the SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge.

Update (7 July, 2013):

More than 1,000 members of the public were at Newton Food Centre to taste and vote for their preferred version of the three dishes.

Overall, the Singapore hawker heroes edged-out Chef Ramsay in the live poll by 6% of the total vote.

In terms of individual dishes, Ramsay’s version of the Chilli Crab beat that of Jumbo Seafood by 5%; while he lost to both Tian Tian Chicken Rice (by 6%) and 328 Katong Laksa (19%) for the other other two dishes.

Chef Ramsay accepted the challenge to pit his skills against three popular hawkers in Singapore selected through a public poll,

Chef Ramsay accepted the challenge to pit his skills against three popular hawkers in Singapore selected through a public poll. Image from SingTel

The three will now prepare for a mouth-watering culinary cook-off against Michelin-starred heavyweight Gordon Ramsay in the SingTel Hawker Heroes cook-off.

Top 3 SingTel Hawker Heroes.

Top 3 SingTel Hawker Heroes. Image from SingTel.

On 5 and 6 July, Chef Ramsay will spend time with each of the three hawkers to learn their signature dishes: chicken rice, chilli crab and laksa.

Date 7 July 2013 (Sunday)
Time 6pm onwards
Venue Newton Food Centre
Details Non-ticketed event, open to the public free of charge. 1000 servings are available on a first-come-first-serve basis

He will then put his own unique spin on these dishes at the final showdown event held at Newton Food Centre on Sunday, 7 July.

The event will be open to members of the public, who will be able to sample the dishes prepared by the local hawkers and Chef Ramsay and vote for their preferred version.

About SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge

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Tea for Tech at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I usually sit down with a cup of tea in the morning while I surf the Web for the latest tech news. Today, I sat down with three cups at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

The three Tea Cappuccinos are available at all outlets at $6.00 each for all three flavors (Chai, Scottish Breakfast and Anniversary Blend Tea). They will only be available until 25 May 2013.

The three Tea Cappuccinos are available at all outlets at S$6.00 each for all three flavors (Chai, Scottish Breakfast and Anniversary Blend Tea).

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a frothy trio of tea cappuccinos at all its outlets.

The special concoctions will only be available until 25 May 2013.

The special concoctions will only be available until 25 May 2013.

These freshly brewed tea concoctions are layered with silky milk foam and drizzled with delicious vanilla bean sauce.

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