Lebanese Food / Wine and Culinary Traditions

Lebanese Food / Wine and Culinary Traditions
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Food Photography

I learned to photograph food by practice, only! It started with my journey while researching for the Man'oushe book about 10 years ago . At first, it was not an easy task. As they say, "practice makes perfect". I became obsessed with photography and because I loved food, the two just came together. I hate to photograph food with artificial lighting because it makes the food look too polished. Food photography entails colors, textures, lighting, and authenticity - yes, authentic feel of food. That's what I look for when I take those photos, not glossy images of fake food that look so perfect that you don't want to eat them. I was hired lately by Chef Joe Barza, Lebanese food activist, to take some photos for his website. The joy of the photo shoot was to eat all these delightful plates after our work. I can vouch that they were quite delicious! If you are interested to learn food photography, just start by snapping away and analyzing each shot. Now with digital technology, it's very simple.

2 comments:

Verena Buschinelli said...

Barbara,
found out about Manoushe when my dad asked me to research about the book in the net. Fell in love with it as soon as we bought it and gave it to my mom as a bday gift. We actually did a whole course dinner with your recipes and enjoyed a lot! The pics in the book are out of the world and it's great to be able to find out a little bit more about Lebanon since we are so far away...we are from Brazil.
Did not know about your blog...I was looking for the other book yesterday and came across it. It's a pitty is so expensive...I can not find it here, only ordering abroad and with freight costs it's too much. Hopefully one day I will be able to buy it.
Hoping all of your family is well and healthy I wish you the best!
Cheers!

Barbara Abdeni Massaad said...

I hope one day to sell my books in Brazil. So happy that our local foods are traveling far with people who appreciate its goodness. Sahteyn Verena!