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09 January 2012

Food Styling Trick | A Tower for Your Croutons

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Remember this soup??  I know...you've seen like a jillion photos of it now, but did you notice something hiding in the bottom of the bowl?  Look closely...you can see it in this photo...right down there on the bottom beneath the cheese.  Did you guess what it is??  Did you notice earlier?

That would be a tiny little whiteware bowl thingy from Crate and Barrel.  It usually holds olives or such, but when showing off new soups to bloggy friends, it shows off the toppings.  You see, when putting toppings on soup, they often kind of fall INTO the soup.  That is all well and good when you are immediately EATING the soup.  Toppings are meant to be eaten with the soup, but when you want a great photo of the soup showing off the toppings, you need a little help.

Now everyone knows that food stylists have lots of tricks, and food stylists have even been known to use non-food items when doing ad work (anybody seen a hamburger made with gel plastic cheese and gooey bright red ketchup??  Yeah...don't go trying to eat that...).  While I don't think I would go that far, I am all for little tips and tricks to make a better photo.

So  here is the simple technique...take a small object with a flat bottom and slowly sink it into the bottom of the bowl of soup.  Go slowly or the soup will fly out of the bowl...you are displacing liquid here....

Give it a little nudge and wiggle until the rim touches the bottom of the bowl...

...wiggle, wiggle wiggle, and SUNK.  Now pile those toppings on top of your little tower and take your photos!  
Remember to take out the little box before serving the soup to your husband...oops! :)


Now tell me you noticed way back in THIS RECIPE POST that there were dishes in the soup???  Did you, did you??  
What are your little tips and tricks for taking great photos of food?


Life In The Thrifty Lane Monday, January 09, 2012  

Thanks for sharing, I never though about doing this :)

meg Monday, January 09, 2012  

i would really love to have been a food stylist! how fun be?!

Torviewtoronto Monday, January 09, 2012  

lovely tip

Elle Tuesday, January 10, 2012  

Thanks - that's useful to know. Please do a post with a whole bunch of these tips for us newbie food photographers! :-)

Heidi @ Food Doodles Tuesday, January 10, 2012  

Love this idea! I know I'll use it - my soup strategy usually involves hoping for the best, haha. This is a great idea :)

danyandy Tuesday, January 10, 2012  

What a fantastic tip! thanks for sharing!

Laura Tuesday, January 10, 2012  

Wow, what a great idea. I just found your blog and your photography is great! I can't wait to test out this new food styling trick!

Tara @ Crock-Pot Ladies Wednesday, January 11, 2012  

You have such beautiful photos. I definitely need the pointers. Keep sharing please!!

Tara @ Crock-Pot Ladies Wednesday, January 11, 2012  

You have such beautiful photos. I definitely need the pointers. Keep sharing please!!

Mallory Crain Tuesday, January 24, 2012  

What a great idea! I'm attempting to strengthen my styling skills when taking photos so this is a great tip. Also, totally loving your blog...I'm glad you commented on mine because I have been missing out on your talent :)

Andrea Friday, January 27, 2012  

thanks for the great tip. I am happy to be following your blog. When you get a chance check out my blog. www.questfordelish.blogspot.com

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