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INSIDER spent a day shadowing a stock food photographer, a prop stylist, and a food stylist to learn the tricks of the stock food photography trade.
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Both photographers and food stylists use many tricks to make food look incredible for marketing and advertising clients.
Sometimes meat is soaked in oil to make it look juicier than it is.
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We've all had the unfortunate experience of eating a disappointing fast food meal that looks nothing like the tempting advertisements that made you crave it in the first place. But how do photographers make the food you see in advertisements look so incredible? Strangely enough, the answer is never just Photoshop.
INSIDER spent a day shadowing professional food photographer Steve Giralt, whose work can be seen in Shutterstock and Offset (the high-end offshoot of Shutterstock), as well as food stylist Emma Feigenbaum and prop stylist Paola Andrea. The three of them worked together to create stunning photos of steak and lambchops for Offset.
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Keep scrolling to learn the 'dirty little secrets' behind food advertisements and stock photos.
"A lot of companies have the policy of 'as long as you're using real food, no matter how you dress it up, it's fine,'" Emma Feigenbaum said. "If a diet or frozen foods company uses bell peppers — say — you're allowed to swap them out for fresh peppers [...] Sometimes, I'll dig through 200 packages to find the perfect combination of photogenic ingredients and make a Frankenstein food."
Offset - Photoshoot - Feigenbaum - Food - Right
For the Offset photoshoot, Feigenbaum made the food right on set before Giralt shot it live, but oftentimes when food stylists and photographers work for advertisers, the perfect-looking food can be a few days old.
"I was doing a Thanksgiving dinner shoot for a clothing advertisement and we made three turkeys at the beginning of the four-day shoot,"Feigenbaum said....
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