17 Apr

Basics of Food Photography | Tutorial 3

Basics of Food Photography | Tutorial 3

Sometimes we do not realise how much knowledge we have gained over the years. It’s only when we are putting it down with a pen and paper or on a notepad like me, that one gathers how much has been achieved.

When I started composing these series for my YouTube Channel, I was overwhelmed with information I had, to share with you guys out there.

I broke it down into various themes and categories. With the first five videos, I am briefly touching upon each of these categories and will expand further upon them in later videos, handling each topic in detail.

Till now we have done – How to Compose a Story around your food image and Learning about Orientation and Depth of Field and in the latest video we will understand Direction of Light and how to work in Natural Light and Artificial Light.

Understanding light is 80% of work in photography. In this video we understand direction of light using simple clock positions with respect to food and camera.

Side Light – Light coming in anywhere between 1 to 5 or 7 to 11 ’0 clock position

Back Light – Light between 11 to 1 ’0 clock

Front Light – Light between 5 to 7 ’0 clock

There is a live example how to determine which clock position is the light with respect to the position of camera and subject. These tips work well with Mobile Food Photography or a dSLR.

We also explore shooting in natural light next to a window and how to tackle artificial light and why pay attention to glare.

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13 Apr

Basics of Food Photography | Tutorial 2

Basics of Food Photography | Tutorial 2

I am back with the weekly series of some easy tips to create amazing food images using your smart phone or a mobile device.

I drool on some serious food porn posted on Instagram daily. The more I see around the more determined I got to learn what others knew.

    It wasn’t easy as people are not willing to share their information or knowledge easily. Yes, that’s the ugly truth of Blogging world.

    I am nothing if not persistent.

    After a lot of hard work, I can boast that even my images are now my USP on the blog here, which is big achievement for me. I am happy to share the knowledge which I gained over the years.

    In the first video we had discussed which orientation to choose and create depth of field, in the second video we will explore how to create a story or frame your composition.

    In this video we will understand how to create a story or compose a shot when shooting food through your Smartphone. Chef Akhilesh has prepared Evviva’s signature dishes for us to shoot like Asharfi Murg Tikka, Afghani Zhinga Kebab, Bread, Dal-e-Evviva and Nalli-Nihari.

    Since we were at a lounge, there was a cocktail and a beer bottle. Rearrange the dishes to bring focus to HERO dish, let the other dishes be in the background as part of adding story.

    Choose the story you wish to create and accordingly compose your shot including choosing the angle, props, etc.

    Some foods do not look good when shot at close-ups or are already bitten into. But if you wish to portray a sense of enjoying a meal or even a plate ready to be dug into, then I suggest moving further away from the food, allowing background like serving hot-pots, bread basket etc. to come in the frame. Certain food look unappetising when zoomed in. So choose your composition wisely.

    Key Points:

  • Remove clutter from the background.
  • Compose your shot bringing HERO into focus.
  • Choose objects, props which will complement your HERO.
  • Avoid too close-ups of half eaten food.

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10 Apr

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Over a year ago, I made a lot of Banana recipes as there was always some leftover. After a long while I got few of them languishing in freezer and the fact that I haven’t baked in some months, that I decided to re-create one of my old recipes into muffins.

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

This recipe is a quickbread recipe in one bowl. Dump all your ingredients in one bowl, give a nice whirl and you are good to go.

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

You can make them into Vanilla Muffins by replacing cocoa powder with flour. I topped these with some chopped walnuts. You can sprinkle chocolate chips, or serve them plain for breakfast.

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

The recipe gives a lot of scope to experiment. I earlier made it as marble quickbread in whole wheat. I shared some with my neighbours and they all loved it. When kids enjoy my baking, I am most pleased, I guess.

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

One bowl recipe for the most delicious eggless chocolate muffins.

Yields: 9 muffins

  • 1 cup of mashed banana, very ripe
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon of oil
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Lightly grease a 9 muffin pan or individual muffin cups.
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl, until relatively smooth. Spoon the mashed bananas into the measuring cup to measure and then return to mixing bowl.
  3. Beat in the brown sugar, oil, milk and vanilla.
  4. Add all purpose flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt. Mix gently. It is ok if some flour is visible. Do not overmix.
  5. Scoop batter into each muffin cup, filling it only till 3/4 level, allowing space to rise.
  6. Bake for 18-20 mins. Allow to cool in tin for 10 mins and then remove. Eat fresh with milk or for kids as snack.
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Eggless Chocolate Banana Muffins | Quickbread

Sending this Chocolate Banana Muffins to Bake Fest # 42, an event started by Vardhini.

06 Apr

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

If you see my last few posts, you would realise that I have been writing mostly reviews as life turned hectic when I took up the full-time project in January.

Now that the project is phasing out soon, I am getting some time at hand, including the missing inclination to create. During these last few months, V kept insisting on me making some thing new or even something old in the kitchen, but I wasn’t ready.

After seeing my resistance to create, the other day, V asked me haltingly if I could make him some evaporated milk a.k.a. masala doodh.

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

I happily agreed without a single BUT. I was more surprised than him actually. Yes, I know I have been thaaaat bad.

Kadha doodh has strong memories attached to it as in north India, in winter months drinking this delicious concoction is a very common sight. It is flavourful, generously envelop you in the warmth and when sipped in earthen pots (kulhad) it taste the best. It is pure heaven on earth and knowing I can make it at home with very little effort is a blessing.

For the masala doodh, I used my old recipe of basundi, and just evaporated the milk for a shorter period and kadha doodh with perfect consistency was ready.

Apart from V singing its praises, even my neighbour loved it.

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

Masala Doodh | Kadha Doodh

Flavourful dried fruit milk or masala doodh or kadha doodh

Yields: 1 litre of masala doodh

  • 1.5 litre of milk
  • 1/4 cup of almonds
  • 1/4 cup of pistachio
  • 1/8 cup of cashew
  • 5-6 green cardamom
  • 1/4+1/8 cup of sugar
  1. In a thick bottom vessel, boil milk on slow till it reduces to three-fourth. Continue to stir in between to avoid burning the milk.
  2. In the meanwhile, finely shop or crush all the dry fruits. You can pulse twice also using the mixer jar.
  3. When the milk has reduced, add all the crushed dry-fruits while stirring. Allow it to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add sugar and give a complete boil. Remove from flame.
  5. Serve hot, warm or cold. I served chilled.
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes

03 Apr

Basics of Food Photography | Tutorial 1

Basics of Food Photography | Tutorial 1

 After a lot of work and deliberation, I am finally sharing all that I have learned in last 4 years in food photography. My mistakes, my learnings and my achievements. All in one place.

I felt the need to understand mobile photography a lot in these years as most of us share what we eat on our social media feed and I have seen my share of some ugly Instagram and Twitter feed. So I have decided to share the knowledge through live examples shot at a restaurant using a mobile device like a smart phone or a tablet like an iPad.

The same know-how can be applied to dSLR or Point & Shoot.

I have divided the content in small 2-3 minutes videos, making it simple to absorb and implement.

In this first video you learn which Orientation to select i.e. Landscape or Portrait, how to create depth of field and remember to break the rules by experimenting with your knowledge.

Don’t forget to enjoy a pint on the side. Cheers!

Hope you enjoy the video. If you like what you see, subscribe to my channel. Come back for more – like comment and share. XOXO!!