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    My friend suggested dining at this place and this was what we two shared.
    Hope the colors came out nicely for the food
    Please do C&C
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenefotoworks View Post


    My friend suggested dining at this place and this was what we two shared.
    Hope the colors came out nicely for the food
    Please do C&C D
    Hi Serene,

    Just like to check did you use flash on this photo?
    What food is this? look kind of messy ya

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    is that one dish or did u just dump everything into the same plate??

    and where is this place...?


    regards,
    wacky

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntheni View Post
    Hi Serene,

    Just like to check did you use flash on this photo?
    What food is this? look kind of messy ya
    Yup. I did use flash on the photo cause the place was too dark to get a proper photo without having flash on
    Well. its meant to look messy. Its a restaurant/cafe at B1 of cineleisure orchard, basically u pay $8.90 and get to dump 30 over items onto your plate.
    And the best thing is that... the limit is to as much as u can fit onto your plate :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by wackykid View Post
    is that one dish or did u just dump everything into the same plate??

    and where is this place...?


    regards,
    wacky

    Well. It is just one dish, but its kinda like a "dump-all-you-can" kinda dish

    B1 Cineleisure restaurant/cafe. I forgotten the name but its on the left of the escalator area
    Taste great and worth the price!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenefotoworks View Post
    Well. It is just one dish, but its kinda like a "dump-all-you-can" kinda dish

    B1 Cineleisure restaurant/cafe. I forgotten the name but its on the left of the escalator area
    Taste great and worth the price!
    ah... interesting concept... so it's sort of like buffet with a twist... instead of "eat as much as you can"... it's "take as much as you could" huh...

    haven been to cineleisure for a while... but B1 on the left of escalator area last time used to be a fried chicken restaurant right..? so this place is located just beside the food court...?


    regards,
    wacky

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    Nice attempt. Food photography is the same as portrait. You need to think what are you trying to say to a viewer. Your shot would say hey look at my snap shot of the plate of food I just bought and yeah it is nice see how a took a bite or two to taste. Show the plate alone, be careful what you have in the picture. Arrange the food on the plate - it is like adding jewelry or fashion accessories to your choice of dress. Display nicely it look lovely displayed any old how you look like an aunty. Lighting plays a role but since it indoors and there is most probably no other light you are limited to what you can co opt in to light your plate. Experiment with how to soften, redirect the on camera flash - yes that can be done if you take the trouble to learn how to for your flash. Remember things are dead, people are alive and can adapt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellery View Post
    Nice attempt. Food photography is the same as portrait. You need to think what are you trying to say to a viewer. Your shot would say hey look at my snap shot of the plate of food I just bought and yeah it is nice see how a took a bite or two to taste. Show the plate alone, be careful what you have in the picture. Arrange the food on the plate - it is like adding jewelry or fashion accessories to your choice of dress. Display nicely it look lovely displayed any old how you look like an aunty. Lighting plays a role but since it indoors and there is most probably no other light you are limited to what you can co opt in to light your plate. Experiment with how to soften, redirect the on camera flash - yes that can be done if you take the trouble to learn how to for your flash. Remember things are dead, people are alive and can adapt.
    Alright. thanks! I was trying to show a "messy" dish. =/
    Guess my photo did gave that aspect correctly then!
    Just took some photos for my lunch! will be uploading them soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wackykid View Post
    ah... interesting concept... so it's sort of like buffet with a twist... instead of "eat as much as you can"... it's "take as much as you could" huh...

    haven been to cineleisure for a while... but B1 on the left of escalator area last time used to be a fried chicken restaurant right..? so this place is located just beside the food court...?


    regards,
    wacky

    Yeap. It is an interesting concept because you will literally see "mountains" of food on people's plate but generally the plates are shared among 2-3 people at least. Even me and my friend we two big eaters, couldn't finish the plate of food :x yes it is at the last time fried chicken restaurant there this cafe/restaurant has taken over the space and is doing well! crowded during dinner time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenefotoworks View Post
    Yup. I did use flash on the photo cause the place was too dark to get a proper photo without having flash on
    Well. its meant to look messy. Its a restaurant/cafe at B1 of cineleisure orchard, basically u pay $8.90 and get to dump 30 over items onto your plate.
    And the best thing is that... the limit is to as much as u can fit onto your plate :P
    Try avoid using flash directly on the food as it’s too harsh. If really no choice, use a flash diffuser or have the flash bounce off a ceiling
    If taking about food photography, try not to take food with such a "messy" presentation. But if it's a snap shot to share with friends it's nice

    At least now I know got this interesting concept resturant in SG

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntheni View Post
    Try avoid using flash directly on the food as it’s too harsh. If really no choice, use a flash diffuser or have the flash bounce off a ceiling
    If taking about food photography, try not to take food with such a "messy" presentation. But if it's a snap shot to share with friends it's nice

    At least now I know got this interesting concept resturant in SG
    IF i use my handphone flash to shine onto the food then use my camera to take it without the camera flash, will it be better? :P
    It is not bad for the taste but.. we took too much fried food so it was kinda oily on my tastebuds!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenefotoworks

    IF i use my handphone flash to shine onto the food then use my camera to take it without the camera flash, will it be better? :P
    It is not bad for the taste but.. we took too much fried food so it was kinda oily on my tastebuds!
    Any direct light that shine on the food will be harsh even those food photography that use nature light will use curtain to defuse the sunlight and a reflector to reflect light onto the food.
    You can try using higher ISO in low light. May be noisy but better than blur photos

    Shall go and try out the food hahha stack it like a mountain

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    lolz .... hope you dont take offence..... its almost revolting looking at the image

    may i just add to the other suggestions ? watch the composition too .... it seems a little 'tight'
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
    Walkeast

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    lolz .... hope you dont take offence..... its almost revolting looking at the image

    may i just add to the other suggestions ? watch the composition too .... it seems a little 'tight'
    No offense taken it depends on various people.
    I just had my supper which made me super fun & i look at the picture.. feels revolting too :P
    Thanks for the advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntheni View Post
    Any direct light that shine on the food will be harsh even those food photography that use nature light will use curtain to defuse the sunlight and a reflector to reflect light onto the food.
    You can try using higher ISO in low light. May be noisy but better than blur photos

    Shall go and try out the food hahha stack it like a mountain

    Haha. I check made home-cooked carrot cake and tried using a high iso cause of low light. will post it up soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenefotoworks View Post
    Haha. I check made home-cooked carrot cake and tried using a high iso cause of low light. will post it up soon
    Looking forward for your posting

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    Sorry for the delay in posting.. But here is it all!


    Fish&chips!
    Quite tasty for the texture and crisp but a bit too saltish.



    Tortilla chips with cheese.
    Not bad but the chips was kinda soft compared to the usual nacho corn chips.



    Blackforest cake.
    suitable for chocolate lovers as I personally think its too chocolatey!



    Home-cooked carrot cake.
    Tasted a little plain as this is my first attempt at cooking carrot cake !
    Photo overall kinda too yellowy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenefotoworks View Post
    Sorry for the delay in posting.. But here is it all!


    Fish&chips!
    Quite tasty for the texture and crisp but a bit too saltish.



    Tortilla chips with cheese.
    Not bad but the chips was kinda soft compared to the usual nacho corn chips.



    Blackforest cake.
    suitable for chocolate lovers as I personally think its too chocolatey!



    Home-cooked carrot cake.
    Tasted a little plain as this is my first attempt at cooking carrot cake !
    Photo overall kinda too yellowy.
    Hi Serene,

    Glad to see you keep it coming

    Just share a few pointers I learned from here.

    Shall not touch on WB as you already seen it

    Watch your composition on your fish & chip and the black forest cake. I prefer if the photos were taken on side view. Can see more details on the food.

    As for the carrot cake the lighting is too harsh but I like the way you added many eggs in it
    Love carrot cake with lots of egg hahaha

    Keep it coming~!!

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    Well...Serene, some pointers for you..... try your best to analyze your pics #1 and #17 again with some pointers that my bros here had given/mentioned/highlighted...ya...!!

    For a start, learn it, practise it and create-new &/or recreate it...!!


    Well, I'll be looking forward to see your better/improved version-shot/s...ya...?!?!
    Anything that can take pictures...happy already lor...(..but...Hasselblad_H5D-50 as my Workhorse)

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    I took some of ur comments ! and did some recent shots! will post it up soon! thanks for the support !
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