Mother Nature does most of the work to make things beautiful I’d say. Capturing its magnificence is what I strive for in camera. When my amateur photography fails, using Adobe Lightroom for localized adjustments is fantastic. Photoshop gives the most options but sometimes you simply don’t want to deal with all of the layers.
When it comes to visual appeal, nothing can succeed or fail so much as food photography. We’ve all been there. You’re perusing a menu at a restaurant, drive-thru, or even television. Sure, that food SOUNDS good but the lighting is bad, the colors are flat. Maybe you hope that it tastes better than it looks? I am always baffled that some restaurateurs put so little into their visual presentation, since pictures really do “say a thousand words”.
With some basic knowledge, anyone can make foods more appealing. This is a great resource that I found that will be tucked away for future reference. Maybe you don’t have a restaurant but LOVE to take pics of your food for Facebook or Twitter? Bon Appétit!