Ah.. my first foray into the realms of food photography. Thank you Jason Choong from the famed Ipoh Mali Talak Sombong food blog for inviting me along for this session. :)

It doesn't take very long for me to realise that shooting food is definitely much more challenging than it looks. For one, I was shooting with a 50mm portrait lens at the maximum aperture of f1.8 most of the time. This tends to result in a really shallow depth-of-field that isolates just a portion of the dish such that it's rather difficult to tell exactly what dish was being served. Artistically it looks pleasing I guess, but commercially, perhaps not as practical. :P

And then we introduce 'poses' for the dish, i.e. having the dish presented in various stage of consumption, for example, when being scooped up from the main dish, or in individual servings. Care is taken that utensils are specklessly clean and all careless drops of gravy and the occasional wandering grain of rice or piece of meat are placed back where they belong. It's like crafting an art!

I've definitely enjoyed the experience, although I must say that it feels very different as compared to a laid back dinner where we just grab the food as they are being served, and not have to wait for like 10min of camwhoring session to be over for every dish before we can dig in.

It's a nice exposure nevertheless, and I'll definitely be on the look-out for similar opportunities in future.:P

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