Over the past few years lot has been changed in food photography. I still remember my initial days of food blogging, where blogging was much about the recipes…..But over the years, food blogging has raised to new heights taking food photography into concern. Apart from props, DSLR’s came in fashion. Many of my time food bloggers transformed to ‘Digital Camera’ era.
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After lot has been talked, shared and read about DSLR food photography and then came in the era of social media. As soon as the post is up on blog, religiously the link of the post is spread around social networks. Before and after preparations were clicked and shared on social sites to keep the fans and followers completely occupied.
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To make this task of clicking, editing and sharing easier, bloggers took a deep step in looking out for easy to carry gadgets like mobile phones/tablets. Gone are the days where mobile phones were just used for talking and texting. With the invasion of high end smart phones along with whole lots of features and apps, food photography was not left behind by this…Why food photography, I recently joined Instagram and I can see whole lot of different sects of photography there….food, nature, literature, places, monuments,……every click has got its own story to tell….isn’t it??
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edited through #asuszenfone2laser in built photoeditor
Until recently I never took food photography through mobile camera seriously. But when people from Asus sent me Asus Zenfone 2 Laser to try out and review the ‘incredible camera’ of it….I started working on it….First of all, you cannot carry your DSLR everywhere and if you are like me lazy and when you have kids, the handbag will be filled with their stuff only when you are going out….at that times a mobile with good camera will come very handy.
Clicked using #AsusZenPad 7.0
This Asus ZenFone 2 Laser has got 13 MP rear and 5 MP front camera with 5P Largan Lenses with whole lot of features like Rear 13 Mega-Pixel – Auto Focus, Wide View, LED Flash, F2.0 Aperture, PixelMaster, Dual-color Real, Tone flash, Blue Glass IR Filter, Zero Shutter Lag, Back Light (HDR) mode with ASUS Pixel Enhancing Technology for up to 400% brighter, and evenly exposed photos.
Low Light mode, Manual Mode for DSLR-like camera detail settings, Super resolution mode for up to 52 X resolution photos, Real Time Beautification, Night mode, Depth of field, Selfie mode, Photo Effects, Panorama mode, Miniature, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, All Smiles & Time Lapse.
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Winter Evening Sky – Aperture f/2.0 Exposure Time 1/326 ISO 50 Focal Length 3.78 mm
Setting sun over the mobile towers Aperture f/2.0 Exposure Time 1/326 ISO 50 Focal Length 3.78 mm
Evening lights at construction site Aperture f/2.0 Exposure Time 1/326 ISO 50 Focal Length 3.78 mm
Here are some sample pictures which I took using different modes, By just drawing the letter ‘C’ on the screen will on the camera of Asus ZenFone 2 Laser and by drawing ‘W’ on screen the browse appears….Isn’t it cool??
Front 5 Mega-Pixel – Auto Focus, F2.0 Aperture, PixelMaster, Low Light mode, Real Time, Beautification, Night mode, Photo Effects, Time Lapse, Selfie Panorama (up to 140 ˚),HDR mode & GIF animation.
Selfie time with Assus Zenpad 7.0
Food photography runs on three basic rules… Plating, Styling, Lighting irrespective of the device you are using….
Choose appropriate props, backgrounds and napkins. If you got little time, then just make a rough diagram of what is in your mind regarding the food photoshoot. Most of the times, when we cook food, hungry tummies in the background will keep you on toes while clicking, so we may forget what we have in our mind regarding the shoot. So it is better to write a note or draw a rough diagram. You can see in the picture below, the simple change in the background has made the food look different.
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Create a mood or tell a story with your food in a click. Try out the angles in which the food looks more clear and appetizing. Composition is the key to better food photography. Don’t hesitate to play with colors.
Reading Mood Aperture f/2.0 Exposure Time 1/120 ISO 150 Focal Length 3.78 mm
This is one of the vast subjects in food photography. Study the light. The intensity of light is different in different seasons and the light varies throughout the day. Morning light is different from that of afternoon light and so as the evening light. First check out for a place where you get good light. Then keep the food there and click throughout the day for every ½ hour or one hour to see the change. Not only is this, there a difference in backlight and sidelight. So check these options too. The temperature of the light depends on the direction also. For example say the light source is from a west side window then you get good light from afternoon to till sunsets. Know the light to get brilliant pictures. Avoid flash.
Natural light at 4.00 PM coming from right side window, clicked with ‘Depth of Field’ option
In ZenFone 2 Laser you have got an option called ‘Low Light Mode’ option which helps to click brilliantly in low light. Check this out.
SOME TIPS ON SHOOTING WITH ZENFONE 2 LASER:
- First learn to hold the phone, without disturbing the camera. Steady fingers are must when you are shooting with smartphone.
- Focus on the food. Choose best props and background to suits your food.
- Light is the key mantra. Allow light to play the drama.
- Check out which option is best while clicking and adjust according to that. For example in the picture below, you can see I have used ‘Depth of Field’ option in Asus ZenFone 2 Laser which will give, 50 MM macro lens effect by blurring the background as you can see in the picture below.
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ZenFone 2 Laser rear camera has laser auto-focus technology for the fastest possible clarity. ZenFone 2 Laser beam measures distances at lightning speed – and that means near-instant focus as fast as 0.3 seconds, especially in dim light conditions. The laser auto-focus even accelerates close-ups photography, compensating for the extra distance created by the lens receding during framing.
Can you spot that ‘Bokeh Effect’ in the background ??
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Sometimes you want to post multiple pics on your blog or social media….like this one…I went out with friends the other day to a chat corner and clicked some random pics and posted as collage…Asus Zenfone 2 Laser have got an awesome collage maker, where you can collage up to 7 pictures at a time by even applying some awesome photoeffects…like you see in the picture below.
You can collage pictures, edit them, apply backgrounds, filters and share them with easily.
With ‘Blazing Fast Cat 4 LTE, I have even posted some teaser pics of today’s post on facebook and instagram fast and easy. I have almost tried all the modes in the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser and currently obsessed taking photos with it. I can just slide this in my kitchen apron while cooking and listen to my favorite numbers. The ZenFone 2 Laser have got 5 magnetic built in speakers to give that magnificent sound effect and moreover I can click in between….isn’t it wonderful…??
Photo Editor, options and effects in #AsusZenfone2laser
You can check out some interesting pictures with Asus ZenFone 2 Laser on my Instagram handle @lubnakarim06.
Beauty of mother ‘Nature’ Aperture f/2.0 Exposure Time 1/366 ISO 50 Focal Length 3.78 mm
If you are looking out for a smart phone to click, edit and share along with good speakers and voice quality with awesome apps and applications along with good battery…then I recommend you to buy Asus ZenFone 2 Laser…I rate this 4½/5.
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Apart from this the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is designed rather say crafted with premium electroplating spin, Iconic Hairline back cover metal effect, maximum viewing experience, crystal clear and vivid display, less distortion blue light filter, uniform high quality display, user preferable auto brightness, sonic master 2.0 sound, dual speakers, best sound quality tuned by ICEPower, optimal speech recognizer, fast and responsive touch (compared to other high end smart phone I am using right now….the touch of Asus is brilliant), Anti-fingertip coating, accurate touch distinguish technology (this helps you when you are cooking and clicking), Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 processor, smart display dimming, laser auto focus, zero shutter lag which helps you capture every eye-blinking moment, sensor pixels and algorithm, low light photography, super resolution mode (I am bowled by this feature) and above all fast charging. Know more at Zenfone 2 Laser at Asus.
Tomorrow I will share my experience with ‘Asus Zenpad 7’ along with some tips on easy blogging through tab.
Rafeeda AR says
Such beautiful pictures, Lubna… and some nice pointers too…