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6 Easy Food Photography Tips For Malaysian Food Lovers

6 Easy Food Photography Tips For Malaysian Food Lovers

Due to travel restrictions, there haven’t been many travel photos in our social feeds lately. Most of us have been home bound, ordering meals, cooking we can and occasionally having a go at baking. While it is an excellent time to sharpen our culinary skills, those who are not as adventurous in the kitchen can take this opportunity to work on their food photography skills. Aside from adding to your social media, food photography is also a great way to enrich your food reviews, helping small businesses that are struggling during this difficult time. So if you’re ready with your camera phone, read on and get snapping.


Explore interesting angles

If you’re not too hungry, try taking pictures of your food from various angles. Top view, side view, up close, cropped, or anything else you can think of. Be mindful that certain angles tend to work better with different types of foods. For example, a hot meal would create a lot of steam, blurring out your picture or how desserts tend to look more mouth-watering up close, especially when it is glossed up with a chocolate sauce.


Presentation is key

You don’t want to be taking pictures of food still inside the foam container. By plating it on proper dishware, you can make a 5 ringgit dish look like a 20 ringgit one. This is something any Hell’s Kitchen fan can attest to. But don’t just focus on the plate, think about props that can include table mats, cutlery, salt and pepper shakers. You could even have a casual fork poking at the dish for added playfulness.


Inviting lighting   

When it comes to food photography, you want to see every mouth-watering detail. This makes lighting a very crucial point when it comes to food photography. But don’t worry, you do not need any fancy set-up as natural lighting works best when it comes to food. Try to place your dish where natural light is available and turn up the warmth in your photo if you’re looking to edit it. If you have no choice but to shoot in artificial lighting, be mindful with shadows, especially with top view photos. Also, don’t bother with flash as it tends to make your food photos look like evidence.


Edit your edibles

As previously hinted, editing is important when it comes to food as the colour temperature can affect how appetising the photo looks. Naturally, you would want to go for warmer tones when it comes to hot and savoury meals while cooler tones work well for desserts like fruit popsicles and cold drinks like a watermelon cooler. 


Get griddy

Positioning your meal can be frustrating when there are multiple subjects. Thankfully most camera phones include the 3X3 grid feature to help you compose your picture. Try photos with the point of interest appearing at the cross points of the grid or perhaps create symmetry with multicoloured desserts falling within the ⅓ portion of the grid. If you’re not starving, take your time to explore.


The mood for food

Think about the mood you are trying to invoke with your photos. The combination of photography style as well as set-up and editing can help you tell a story with your photos. With this in mind, you can add a few props to a bowl of Laksa to make it your ah ma’s Laksa. You could even turn your plain ol’ Nasi Lemak to Coconut Infused Rice with Sweet Anchovy and Chilli Chutney.


Conclusion

Thanks to smartphones, millions around the world are taking up photography as a pastime. Food photography could also possibly be something you can do as a side gig as we know how popular food reviewers are. Aside from showing off your skills, your photos could also help a struggling restaurateur by sharing tantalising photos of food from his or her restaurant. 


Malaysia is internationally known for its culinary delights and if there’s one thing that unites all Malaysians, it has to be food. If you’re looking to get a better camera phone to level-up your food photos, you could always check out our store for top flagship models at affordable prices.

7 Apps That Will Sharpening Your Mind

7 Apps That Will Sharpening Your Mind

With more time at home, it’s important to stay active not just physically but mentally as well. Fortunately you can easily get a whole lot of brain training and learning done with just your phone. With just a few taps, you could be learning a new language, sharpening your mind or more. Here are a few reputable apps to get you started.


Duolingo

If you’re looking for a low commitment way to pick up a new language, Duolingo is the app you need. Choose from over 35 languages to learn through simple and fun mini-games. On top of reading and writing, you can even learn to listen and speak through your phone’s mic, providing you with a well-rounded language learning experience.


Photomath

How many of us still remember our mathematical formulas from secondary school? If you want to jog your memory or simply solve a complicated math problem, this is the right app for you. It doesn’t just work like a calculator, but it also provides you with the steps to reach your solution. All you need to do is scan the problem with your phone and voila! 


Peak

With a wide range of brain training games, Peak personalises and creates daily brain workouts for you. The 45 games that it includes help boost your memory, attention, problem solving skills, mental agility, emotions and more. You can also keep track of your progress as you log in each day for your training. 


Scrabble Go

Learning is always better when friends are involved. Scrabble Go invites you and your friends to challenge your word constructing creativity together. There are also plenty of modes such as Duels, Word Drop, Tumbler and Rush all designed to keep this brain teasing game interesting. 


Skillshare 

If you want to streamline the media you consume to purely educational ones, Skillshare, the widely known educational content site is also available as an app. Here you can sharpen your Photoshop skills, learn the ins-and-outs of Adobe Illustrator, or even pick up a new skill such as copywriting or coding. A lot of what you learn on Skillshare can become your side hustle so don’t miss out on this handy app.


Free Books & Audiobooks

While you could get the Kindle, the main setback is that Kindle Unlimited is yet to be available in Malaysia. You could consider Scribd that has a monthly subscription fee of USD 8.99 a month. But if you want free eBooks and audiobooks… you can get the self-explanatory app… Free Books & Audiobooks. The app houses thousands of books which would be a good starter before you decide on committing to a paid digital library app.  


Tricky Test 2: Genius Brain?

You don’t need an internet connection to expand your brain with this app. Tricky Test 2 is filled with witty puzzles that you can play without having to worry about your data draining away. The games are also entertaining and will surely force you to think out of the box. Tackle the challenges by yourself or share the experience with friends. This one is a whole lot of fun with a dash of frustration.


Conclusion

Being stuck at home is no excuse to stop developing your mind. And with your smartphone, the learning never has to end. If you’re looking to upgrade your learning tool a.k.a your smartphone, we’ve got some awesome deals for you right at our e-store. Also, if you’re looking for limited time deals, we’ve started livestream sales! Don’t miss the next Merdeka Meriah livestream event that will be happening on the 27th of August at 6.30PM.