Monday, June 18, 2012

Less is more, so let's keep it simple!

Less is more, so lets keep it simple! says Aparna in her much inspiring series of food photography- lesson #2.

Core Idea -
Less props, making the food the hero, thereby allowing one's eye to concentrate on the main focal point of the composition without distractions.

Well, I would like to talk less too so that the photography gets more attention :)

                                                                  Blueberry muffins 
                                                       Recipe adapted from Joy of  Baking

                                                             Dull mood, less props
                                                   Did I drag your eyes to the muffins?
                    Shot this around 9.30 in the morning when the muffins were piping hot and my glass window refused to let through the diffused sun light as in my general shoots which happen around mid day.
Tried to create a shadowy surround with  just a folded napkin underneath and let the dull morning light fall on the muffins from the right through the window...

Exposure  0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture   f/2.8
ISO           200
Lens Used- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

                                                          Bright mood, less props
                           I am successful if I had drawn your attention on the muffin mount :)
                                                         Oh!  plzz say Yes ;)

This was intentionally a bit over exposed by increasing the ISO. To have a bluish white surround to make your eyes focus 'only' on the muffin. The other attributes were also adjusted accordingly.

Exposure   0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture    f/3.5
ISO           400
Lens Used- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Like Aparna, I have limited stocks on props and dishes. I pull in shells, conchs, colored pebbles, glass jars and napkins which I use at home otherwise to create a novelty/style in each of my posts.

Now, I love the concept, "Less is more" for two reasons..

1.The ultimate food photo is still classy. Coz you're learning the art called 'photography!'
2.The intensity of relationships don't go "Less" ;) (you see a piece of rag you had yearned for a while, a dainty sheet of hand made paper or a glamorous cut glass in your friend's/relative's house and you never fall for it) ;)



  1. Oh yes you did drew my attention to the mudffins, they look fabulous.

  2. I agree more is less. I also remember that I need to get that exercise going. Thanks for reminding.

  3. Muffin looks perfect in bright mood.

  4. Loved both the pics..but liked te first one more..

  5. Nice clicks...Loved the first one more with the dull mood...

  6. I Love both these pictures Bharathy! Love the first one especially. Agree even I don't have too many props plus very difficult to style without it looking too cluttered. Less is always classy!

  7. This is really interesting…

  8. Mouth is filled with water. Will try on the coming days, thanks.

  9. Hi Bharathi ,

    When'll you mingle with Blogger Marathon :):)

    Looks nice and come soon Bharathyyyyyyyyyy

  10. OMG!!! this looks awesome...
    you are successful as attention was on the muffin mount :)

  11. Thanks for joining us this month. Other than the "lack of props" (:D, the shallow DoF also helps focus the eye on the muffin. I personally prefer your first photograph as I like "moody" shots. :)

  12. looks wonderful following your lovely site


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