Comments on: Another one bites the dust… Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:36:45 +0000 hourly 1 By: Debbie Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:07:49 +0000 While viewing a food site I StumbledUpon the other night, I was commenting to my guy about how yucky the site owner’s photos were.
“Look at this! This isn’t food porn! He needs to visit Jaden’s site & learn how to take better photos!”
It’s amazing how often you come up in my food-related conversations…

By: Dr. Biggles Wed, 21 May 2008 00:24:40 +0000 Hmmm, my thoughts? Really? Are you SURE ???

While your observations of the original shot are perfect (I caught none), I now have a different take.

Ya know how you follow a starlet of some ilk? Movies, Sound, Stage? And they’re spot on? You’re one with them, you want to be with them, hang out and see what happens? Then, one day, years down the road they’re buying giraffes, speaking faux dialects and dating junkies?

Listen to you. The cookbook is about you. The reason we’re here is because of you. If you begin to attempt to please others? You’re doomed. At least you’re cute, you’ll recover.

xo, Biggles

By: FlaNboyantEats Tue, 20 May 2008 00:21:50 +0000 hey girl.. what are those scallops made with?

and, i happen to like the tray, though yeah, the beef needs
to take up much more space? what about a tighter shot?

did you end up eating anyway!? better have!



By: oi812uc Mon, 19 May 2008 02:37:09 +0000 The first thing I noticed was not the brown-ness, but the out-of-focus rice, cukes, sauce and back of the tray. That can work well for some images, but for some reason it’s not working here. If that is your intent, that’s fine…but to me it looks like you need a larger depth of field….longer exposure time and a higher f-stop….say f-16?
By the way, the last image of the scallops works well for me because the foreground and background are both unfocused, thus emphasizing the center.

You do have some very nice images…

By: White On Rice Couple Sun, 18 May 2008 20:53:55 +0000 I prefer both and believe that both play an equally important role. The close ups and pure food shots are vital to highlight the food’s textures, flavors and overall drool factor. All the other styling stuff can tell a story about the culture and history of the food, through the use of the local and ethnic silverware.
My most favorite magazine is Saveur and their photography incorporates both, simple close ups and great table set up to show the story about the food, it’s people and culture. My motto is to show the food and tell a story about where it came from and it’s environment- real food from real people. So, I prefer to show all different styles of food shots, both close up and from a distance.
You’re right, there is a-lot of brown in your photo, but it’s still darn good!

By: Emiline Sun, 18 May 2008 19:37:37 +0000 Actually, I thought the pictures looked good! I enjoyed your post on what your “photo studio” looked like. I don’t have any sort of a photo studio. I just put the food on the table and take a picture of it. Sometimes even on the floor.

I found your blog looking up “flatbread” recipes- so glad I did! I really like it.

By: jen Sun, 18 May 2008 17:18:38 +0000 i 2nd nathan’s request. I’d like to know about how Yan drops he accent off air, too! :)

I also would like to know why “Yan can Cook so can you” doesn’t apply to me. :)

By: velops Sun, 18 May 2008 15:45:38 +0000 The rice is the brightest element in the picture, drawing the eyes away from the satay and peanut sauce since. I would replace the placemat and tray with something brighter so that the eye would instead be drawn towards the darkest parts of the picture (the satay and peanut sauce). I don’t think the banana leaf is working since there isn’t enough contrast to frame the satay and make it pop.

By: luyanghapon Sun, 18 May 2008 13:28:55 +0000 The earlier photos definitely have more heart- am sure you know what i mean- you’re the expert- it looks like you have everything in control…you even criticize your own work- great job steamy!

By: Mike Sat, 17 May 2008 17:34:56 +0000 I love your photos, but now that you’ve pointed it out, I agree with what you’re saying. For the blog though, I say do whatever is more fun for you (since the composition of the entire plate does make for a fun looking dish, I think). I have never put much time into the props, special plates, etc, but sometimes, I wish I did because it really would just bring things together a little more. I guess there’s a balance to be struck. I’m just happy to see well thought out stylings from other food bloggers with better sensibilities than I have as there’s definitely a lot to learn.