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Food For Thought

With the myriad of food bloggers out there in cyber land, another aspect to tantalising writing is the use of tantalising images.   In respect to cooking, imagery online sits in the place of the other senses available when it comes to food, ie, ones that help discover inviting aromas, succulent (and almost sinful) tastes and the surprisingly delightful textures on ones palate. I’m no foodie, so let me demonstrate with a home cooked pizza.

Let’s say you’re making up two different styles of pizza. You want to show them both, but make it obvious to your readers which one you are referring to in your image. For instance, I’ve used shaved ham in my ‘recipe’ (lies, I don’t use recipes when making pizza, it’s whatever is in the fridge!).

Non-Bokeh Pizza =[

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/22.0, Exposure: 2.5 seconds)

While your readers can see the shaved ham pizza in the foreground, the diced ham in the background provides distraction and possibly provide irrelevance to the paragraph your image relates to. Not exactly a major issue, but engaging the recipe to image can provide a nice touch to polish up a blog post.

Bokeh Pizza =]Oh look, it’s delicious shaved ham!

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/1.8, Exposure: 1/50th of a second)

The use of bokeh in the kitchen can reduce visual clutter while focusing only on what is important to the message you want translated in your image. The shaved ham is the main focus, allowing readers to immediately savour the meaty goodness in one eyeful. The background pizza with diced ham is now out of the depth of field, rendering it as a blurred, bokeh pizza.

There are other uses of bokeh in the kitchen, particularly for amateur bloggers using your everyday kitchen. Sure, you could go to immense lengths to tidy up the background for your images, or why not use bokeh to clean up your kitchen? (Doesn’t work in real life, so don’t rid your cleaning products just yet).

Before:

Non-Kitchen Bokeh =[

I don’t want to show people my kettle, salt and pepper grinder, left-over oil from deep frying or a half used pasta packet!

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/22, Exposure: 2 seconds)

After:

Kitchen bokeh =]

Tada!! Bokeh Kitchen Mess in an instant and claim some focus on your meaty goodness!

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/1.8, Exposure: 1/80th of a second)

If you aren’t equipped with an SLR, I find the macro settings of a point and shoot camera to provide similar identifying details and focus, perhaps even more than an SLR using a prime lens due to the close up nature you will need to capture your tasty meals.

Happy blogging and snapping!

P

P.S – The pizzas were delicious =]

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