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Food porn or how to make perfect gastronomic photos

Instagram has definitely been installed in our lives as a means to spread our gastronomic experiences to the four winds. Apart from several criticisms and postures (is there a greater sign of posturing than criticizing food photos in this social network?), It must be recognized: we are all gastroexhibitionists in their purest form. Therefore, we want to give you a few tips to do your best, with the help of one of the photographers whose food images we admire most.

In this Instagram today and the gastronomic topics (everyone hides a gastronomic critic inside, remember) this rare today of foodies and followers bought by weight, the value of something so innocent and so simple to make "a picture of what you eat" has acquired national debate.

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Aiala Hernando: gastronomy and photogenics in its purest form

On the one hand we have the restaurateurs, theoretically delighted of the free dissemination that their works have on social networks (despite the recent anger of New York hoteliers, which we will treat in due course); for another, We have thousands of passionate foodies, armed with their iPhones and their hipsters filters. And finally the harsh reality, which - so well - portrays our admired Mikel López Iturriaga: “The images megacuquis They are part of a parallel world that does not resemble reality. Because the reality, your reality is much uglier, and what was an ideal cake with the face of Mickey Mouse has resulted in a disappointing imitation, if not a plasta report of diarrheal appearance.

It seems good to me, the truth (and I follow that sacred law of the Hakuna Matata) even though I see a little tired this gastronomic overexposure that invades every corner of the Internet. We are a little Japanese of the gastro. But it will happen to us, as we happened to Rick Astley or Sad Keanu (the cat thing has not happened to us, that's true). Conclusion: you have to keep the good of all this - that there is, go if there is- do a vital content healing exercise and rejoice very strongly that there are jewels like the photos that our protagonist gives us today: Aiala Hernando.

I have been following Aiala for a long time because I am fascinated by her vision of gastronomy (and, therefore, of life). Each photo on his Instagram is a punch of color and good taste between gray days and the retreat that so often floods social networks. His photos make me happy. So I have put a little value (caution is a virtue of mayors, said Cromwell) and asked him to tell us (some of) his secrets to make perfect gastronomic photos. And for dessert, a gallery with 25 of his best works.

Enjoy the photos and suggestions of Aiala:

Food porn it is an expression more than explicit to describe that phenomenon that turns food into objects of desire. We refer to that obscenely appetizing food that transforms a simple “are we going to drink something?” Into an aesthetic of pleasure.

Virtually any food (with touch, taste and vision) is worthy of being photographed. It is not so much what but how, where or if you are able to see beyond the bacon that accompanies your lentils. There are some brushstrokes:

1) If we are talking about Instagram, the quintessential food porn app, please, goodbye to filters. They are nothing more than veils that make the image not appreciate the quality and color that it should enter through the eyes.

2) Color and clarity It is probably the first thing that makes us stop for more than a second to look - rather observe - that photo. If it is also something that you have prepared yourself, that you can place, choose the light, the cutlery, and all that, what else do you want?

3) Choose a place with natural light (next to a window would be ideal) - lamps, fluorescents and, of course, flash are prohibited -

4) An attractive surface, the more primitive, the better - it is understood, unvarnished wood, matt white table -

5) Appropriate tableware (No, the trousseau that your mother gave you when you left home is not worth it), but it suits us with: simple white plate and silver cutlery. And it only remains to place the food in a way that makes us want to eat it (even when we are not hungry).

6) In a restaurant, things get complicated. It's not always easy to take pictures of food dishes in restaurants, so sometimes it is better to settle for photographing the place (if it's pretty enough, of course). Full screenshots of color, symmetries, light and zenith planes They are some of the things to consider.

7) Details like a (pretty) hand, some flowers, the magazine they are reading (if not the Cuore) or some of the ingredients You have used for cooking can be a good complement to a picture of ten.

8) By last, Creativity and good taste.

GALLERY: here you can see a selection of the gastronomic photos of Aiala Hernando.

Gastroexhibitionism © Aiala Hernando

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Aiala Hernando: gastronomy and photogenics in its purest form

Video: Eat It Don't Tweet It Instagram Food Porn Anthem (November 2019).

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