February 5, 2011

Feedback request

If you have read my first post, you’d already know how much I’m in love with food photography and food styling. Admittedly, I am a total amateur photographer and stylist. Love for photography is not enough to be a good photographer. It is a good start though, and it helps a lot to be passionate about what you are doing.

As a beginner, I find that my ambitions are rocket high, and my conditions poor. Poor, indeed. You see, my mind is bursting with ideas, but it’s quite challenging to come anywhere close to my aspirations without proper and timely feedback. Aren’t we all familiar with constructive criticism and how it helps us to grow? Oh yeah, feedback is an integral part of growth. And then, I find it quite challenging to improve my skills with a point-and-shoot camera. Not to mention the discomfort of literally holding on to my breath, while shooting without a tripod. Man, I’m cornered. I wish I had a DSLR. One day, I’m sure. But for now, I will have to continue my experiments with what is mine.

I recently had the opportunity to submit one of my photographs for critique, to the very wonderful Neel from Learn Food Photography and Food Styling. Neel has an amazing website with a wealth of information for aspiring food photographers and stylists like you and I.

I was really excited when my photo critique request was published this Feb 4. This has been such a blessing. I was fortunate to receive honest feedback from some very talented international professionals in the field like Matt Armendariz from Mattbites. Matt is a professional food photographer with many talents. He has even appeared on the Martha Stewart's television show with his delicious recipes. And then there were other talented people and popular bloggers like Martijn, Marisa, Jenn and LesHoward, who very kindly offered valuable tips and suggestion on how to improve the picture.
You know, when I picked this photo for the critique request, I was happy with it. I thought it was a good shot and it made me smile. Today, it’s a different story. Now I am more aware of the problem areas in this photograph and what I could have done to improve it. I am so happy to have received such wonderful feedback from Neel’s audience. I feel that I’ve already learnt a lot from this exercise! (If any of you are interested in a photo critique, please contact Neel)

Honestly, I still love the colors in the picture! Or perhaps I am a bit biased since I am the photographer here, and I totally love the dish photographed. What do you think?

To conclude, I would request you, my friends and readers, to kindly share your thoughts on this photograph. Does it look good? Is the food inviting? What could I have done to improve it? You can leave your comments on this post or, better still, by following this link. 

Trust me, each word you share means a lot to me. It is a wonderful feeling. A new page in my book of experience.

A big thanks to all of you for enriching my experience!


  1. Nice click itha...Eventhough the camera is PS the subject is sharp and more inviting...

  2. I have to say it looks very sharp for a point and shoot and your interest in photography gives me lots of inspiration to take better pictures in future.
    BTW how do you request them for feedback, do we have to mail them with our picture.

  3. Filu dear, wonderful to hear from you! Are you back to the US? And, thanks for your feedback!

    Ayeesha: Thanks for your kind words! You can email Neel and ask him for guidance for submitting your photo for critique. Do let me know if you need any further information.

  4. I just found you and I am having so much fun reading your recipes!

    I am not a photographer, but I Like the picture. I Love the color contrast. I would put some sort of green leaf in it..mint or something ..is that too...too? Common?

  5. Thanks Janie for stopping by and sharing your kind thoughts- I treasure these kind of commendations.

    Actually, mint and strawberries go well together and would have looked wonderful in the picture. It's just that I was hesitant to style the food with something that was not part of the recipe this time. And then, my aim was to make the pic look simple and appetizing :) Looks like I have tons to learn!

  6. This snap is so beautiful!! Which cam do u use?
    Could you give me some tips on photography?

  7. Hi there, Rinku! Ah, well, I think you are too nice. I have way too much to learn but thanks much for your nice note..:)

    I'm using Canon PowerShot SX200 IS, a compact point & shoot camera. I'd advise you to switch off the camera flash and take pics in natural daylight, not direct sunlight but a spot next to a door or window where you receive plenty of sunlight. For a seamless bright white background effect (as in most of my pics), place your subject on a white foam board. The advantage of using white is that you don't have to shout for attention, it comes to you :) And then, shoot away to your heart's content...:)

    And yea, if possible use a DSLR camera and a tripod for shooting close ups. These two items are sure in my wish list :)

    Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, sweetie.


A million thank you's for stopping by, taking the time to connect, and coming back to visit again. I genuinely appreciate each of your kind thoughts, lovely words, love and support. Happy, happy to hear from you, and hope to see you again!

♥ Nashi