Thursday, 30 October 2008

The camera never lies. But food photographers....


"Don't add too many ingredients
- remember, paella is all about the rice
and the ingredients are there simply to flavour it."

So read the instructions at the start of a paella recipe on-line.

Quite frankly, I'm hard pressed to even see some rice in the above photo that adorned the recipe.

While the cook/writer is probably right, there was no way the photographer was not going to pile the seafood on for the photo.

They can't help themselves.

Don't get me started on how they manage to cut cream cakes and still have (a) cream oozing from the cut layers and (b) no cream smear from the knife cutting through the cake.

Truth in advertising is hard to get. Truth in food photography? Forget it.


  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh... I always thought it was just me. Nothing I've ever (ever) cooked has looked like the picture. Ever. But I thought it was due to my abysmal skills in the kitchen. Or the fact that I drink when I cook. But it's not my fault at all!! It's the photographer's fault! I feel so much better. Thank you, Lee.

  2. It takes hours to mislead you, Lee. I once made "drops" of wine stay on an upturned bottle by using Araldite instead (it's an epoxy resin).


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