It’s always best to get your photo right in the camera, but most of the images can be improved with a little post processing.
By recording images in RAW (if your camera permits) you have the possibility to make color and exposure corrections without degrading your image very much.
Every image on my blog has been processed. It takes time, but I want to present a story with a special mood, so I need to post processing. My camera will not present that feeling that you get when you see a food image and you just want to eat it in that moment.
As you can see, the after image is the same as composition but has a stronger vibe.
All this post processing can be done in any soft. I did my in Lightroom, but you can use any software you feel comfortable with.
The image I took with these beautiful prunes was RAW and had these specifications:
- CAMERA: NIKON D700
- FOCAL LENGTH: 105mm
- ISO: 125
- SPEED: 0,6 sec
- APERTURE: F 5/6
- NO FLASH
I had just some basic adjustments like sharpening, exposure, cropping and contrast.
I used contrast to make a bigger visual impact and exposure to make my photo a little brighter. Sharpening is done at the end because the effect can be negated by other techniques if you apply it early on in your process.
Most of these techniques are easy to use, once you start playing with them. It will take a while to learn them, but in the end you will become better. Use them carefully because in the end you want to show your food looking the best and real.