TRYING to make a roast chicken look pretty :)

Shutter Speed: 1/50, Aperture: F/2.2, ISO: 200 (some post-processing)

It’s Sunday and I’m cooking Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken…again. It’s a fav in our household, for sure, and dang I wish I had smell-a-vision for you! But, not being a food photographer, I’m challenged by how to make this juicy creature look attractive. With all the yellows in the chicken and potatoes, I didn’t care for the pic SOTC (straight out of the camera), so I applied a bit of processing. I bumped up the saturation overall, played with the hues of the red, orange and yellow settings, and increased the sharpening (using Lightroom). So, two versions, one up close and this one below, WAS SOTC. Which photo makes you drool more?

Shutter Speed: 1/60, Aperture: F/1.4, ISO: 200 (no post-processing)

I just keep on shootin’ away and learning, learning, learning! Thanks all for your input! 🙂


6 comments on “TRYING to make a roast chicken look pretty :)

  1. ndjmom says:

    Looks good enough to eat. I too have a hard time making meat look good in a photograph, don’t know why.


  2. meelswa says:

    appreciate your empathy ;). maybe because meat lacks vibrant colors and looks either brown, sallow yellow or bloody? i think that’s where learning how to plate the food helps too. food photography is a fun new challenge for me!


  3. sTEVE says:

    Getting sharper! Back up a bit more and gain some DOF … then crop as you wish. IMHO the forground must be a tad sharper for food photos to “work”. The color, texture, shine and light all look great!

    Boy does that look good! You’re quite the cook! (And photographer!)


    • meelswa says:

      Oh, thanks Steve! I do love to cook and now I have a new goal to learn more about food photography. If you have any online tutorials or books to refer to me, I’d appreciate it! And, as always, I appreciate YOUR comments!!!!


  4. Steve (SLHPHOTO1 at Photobucket) says:

    I failed to mention that I think the “juiced up” version of the chicken is the most saleable (appealing). Most food photos never look like the real food. Go to McDonalds and look at the Angus Burger Deluxe picture, then order it. Does it look like that? NOPE!! LOL!

    The buns not that brown, the tomato is not that red and the lettuce is not that green! In this world of Photoshop things are never WYSIWYG any more!

    As you said, staging, prep, and post production are a big part of food photography.

    Really appealing food photography in your 365 Project is a distinct challenge without post production manipulation. Your chicken is a fine example.

    If you can’t manipulate the photos, … you have to manipulate the food!


    • meelswa says:

      yeah, i don’t think chicken will end up in my 365 project, unless i plop it next to some pretty cupcakes or strawberry cheesecake! LOL thanks again for piping in steve!!


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