Have you ever wondered how the professionals get food to look so appetising in their photography? While you might not have the time to arrange your scattered parsley with a pair of tweezers or want to paint your chicken with a mixture of cooking oil and marmite to make it shine, there are plenty of tricks of the trade that you can use to make your food snaps look totally tempting.
As headline sponsor of The Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year we’re passionate about high-quality food photography. We’ve teamed up with the specialists at Aspire Photography Training to put together a simple guide to propping and styling images so you can get the kind of pictures that are crying out to be shared on Instagram as #foodporn !
Did you know an impressive 97% of us admit to snacking between meals?* Whether it’s an elevenses cake break or a mid-afternoon biscuit, we are a self-confessed nation of snackers! Snack time has become a daily ritual in homes and workplaces across the UK, but our research has revealed that snacking isn’t as straightforward or relaxing as it seems.
While researching what it is that people enjoy about our delicious Pink Lady® apples we discovered that 52% of us rely heavily on snacks to keep our energy levels up and boost our mood throughout the day, making snack choice an important factor in productivity and wellbeing.
Mid-afternoon snacking was the most common occasion; whether people go to work or stay at home 57% opt for some kind of snack as the day wears on. The most commonly cited reasons for snacking were boredom and needing an energy boost.
17% of people said they use a snack break as a moment to stop what they are doing and relax during the day, whereas three quarters of us just grab a snack while doing something else.
Once we had established the logic behind snacking we were keen to discover which snack offered the best combination of sensory and emotional satisfaction. Taking into account overall liking and overall satisfaction Leatherhead Food Research created a Scale of Snackisfaction® to rank common snack choices from snackisfying to unsnackisfactory.
*Mintel (March 2015)