Street-food photography is as fascinating as taking food pictures in restaurants but it is equally challenging - like shooting Ramly burgers being made in the wee hours with only one fluorescent light, or discreetly shooting indoor a cup of white coffee and roti bakar in a busy 80 year old kopitiam establishment. You don't need a top of the range DSLR to get good photos. All it takes is a little effort to make your food photos looks so LAZAT! If all else fails, Instagram is your buddy. A little effect won't hurt :) Here's my 5 tastiest tips:
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Arrive early so that you can choose a nice spot with good natural light. Avoid direct lighting as it is too easy to be overexposed. Besides, you don't want a harsh shadow and the lifespan of food deteriorates quickly due to the heat of the sun. Food photo is gorgeous with natural light.
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Street food establishments have a lot of backgrounds you can experiment with. Choose a setting that enhances the dish, but does not overpower it. Pick a simple table, with or without tablecloth that has a nice contrast. The effect should harmonise the food photography.
Get up close and personal! Make it alive that your viewers would want to lick them of the picture! Use a macro setting if have it and use it to its fullest. Our Malaysian food is not only full of flavours, but textures too!
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Never assume the staff, diners or and your 'pulun gang' are ok with you taking pictures. Be discreet and considerate. Ask first. The stall owner might even offer a nice corner for you to shoot, and all the frills! After all, they are getting free publicity.
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I take a lot of photos even for a simple composition like Ipoh white coffee in a classic 'grandmother' cup. Go wild! Experiment with angles. Quantity, patience and a little extra thought that goes into your creative effort, will greatly enhance your picture quality.