#18 Start With Simple Food Styling

Garnishing is the easiest way to style the food. Once you have food subject prepared, you can add some nuts or herbs, whatever recipe can accommodate. Some Ways to Garnish Food for Photography:

  • Chopped Nuts or seeds
  • Creams
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Herbs
  • Spices like cardamom, cinnamon powder etc.

A decoration is something to make food look better but is not edible. A garnish is an edible object that you put on or near food or drinks. Such as parsley or lemon and so on. Actually the only difference between a decoration and a garnish is the food which it goes on. a decoration goes on anything sweet such as a cake. it is true that some decorations are not edible but that is because pastry chefs or such use inedible objects like beads. a garnish goes on anything savoury. Since a bead or an umbrella like that does not look good on say a steak you use foods like parsley which so happens to be edible. (garnishes are often green)

One caution on garnishing – Don’t overdo it. If you overdo garnishing, it will steal the show from the food subject and that’s not what we want.

  • Step 1 – Just like before, today again, select the subject. Ideally use the same food subject, you have been using last couple of days. This will give you an easy way to measure your improvements.
  • Step 2 – Set up the scene and bring the food and get ready to take a photograph. Do not add any garnishing at this point.
  • Step 3 – After step 2 is done, take a photograph without any styling garnish.
  • Step 4 – Add garnish. Use any one of the five above or any other you can think of.
  • Step 5 – Take photographs with these garnishes.
  • Step 6– Just like previous assignments, compare photos from step 2 and step 4. Does the photo look any different? Is one of the two better?
  • Step 7 – Upload the best photo/s on Lesson 18 Album on the new Facebook Group.

My garnish. Fresh steak with cheese and vegetable.