Wednesday, January 22, 2014

GIVEAWAY | Food Styling Tips & Tricks: how to take great #FoodPorn shots & contest for passes to the 'Labor Day' movie!

We're no experts when it comes to food photography or food styling! So, why not explore some tips & tricks for the ultimate foodporn picture?  We're also giving away 2 double-passes to the advance screening of the film, Labor day, that features a scene with some heavy duty food styling!

“Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.

So, why are we writing about this romantic movie when the post is about Food Styling Faux Pas?  The film's most symbolic and intense scene is when Kate and Josh bake a pie together (foodie moment!). We can't tell you why it is seen as the most important part of the film - you'll  have to watch yourself! Scroll down for the contest details!

CONTEST details!
Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 double-passes to the Labor Day movie advance screening!
January 29th 7:30pm at Scotiabank Theatre

How to enter:

1. Follow us on Twitter (@foodsisterhood)

2. Tweet us one of the following lines:  

"I want to win advance screening tickets for the #LaborDayMovie cc: @foodsisterhood"

"My favourite pie is from ____________(tell us where the best pies in the city are). I want tickets to the #LaborDayMovie via @foodsisterhood" 

RT our tweets regarding the contest

Feel free to tweet everyday! Contest closes on January 26th 10pm. We will draw randomly and announce the winners on Monday, January 27th 9am. Good luck! :)

Meet the Food Stylist behind that peach pie in Labor Day:

Susan Spungen is a celebrity food stylist that worked on the film with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Prior to working on the film, Labor Day, Susan styled the food for Nora Ephron's movie, Julie & Julia, It's Complicated (starring Meryl Streep & Steve Martin) and Eat, Pray Love.

Labor Day's significant scene that involves Kate, Josh and a peach pie actually had Susan baking several hundreds of pies!  She personally coached the stars on pie-making as well.  It takes a lot of time and effort (even to make something look 'effortless') to make food look delicious on film & photos, so we researched some ways we can make any food look appealing!

10 Tips & Tricks to food styling:
Cool food tends to photograph better than hot food. You can make a dish look hot by spraying with PAM or with some oil.

Lights, lights, lights! So important! The best is to shoot in natural light, but if you're at a dark restaurant with only candles, place the food near the candle and hold up a white napkin behind the candle.  This way, the candle light bounces off the napkin onto the dish.

Use baking or parchment paper & textiles to add texture and visual interest to a plate.

Garnishes such as herbs, micro-greens, ingredients, etc add "freshness" and a point of interest.

Create elevation an definition. Whether you're trying to show the texture of the pie or the ice cream on top of it (or both), make sure you target that area to focus on.

Use colors to create contrast in the food and the background.  If you have tomato sauce, add some green garnish to the side and use a wooden table background, etc.

Play around with angles and see what works. Sometimes a birds eye view shot looks good, but sometimes it's not.

Choose simple dish and tableware and allow the food to be the start of the picture. 

Take a bite out of the food and then reshoot or show that the food is being indulged in. The photo is much more engaging when there's a piece already eaten or is being eaten.

Practice makes perfect and take a look at a lot of other photographer's food shot.

    Now, let's see these tips being put to use! Snap you best #FoodPorn picture and tweet it to us or instagram to us with hashtag: #foodsisterhood.

    ...and remember! Labor Day is in theatres to the public on January 31st!

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