#AppetibilisInstaFood: Girls Night Out + Snaps and Tips

When portable phones became popular, callers did not say “How are you?” any more but “Where are you?”
Being somewhere else from the landline phone device was (then) so weird that the first question did not concern how you were but rather the place you were answering from.

Twenty-some years later, with our ubiquitous smartphones in our hands, we should change the question once more and ask “What are you having for lunch/dinner?”. If you have not realized it yet, most of the time people use their smartphones for taking pictures of food.
Browsing through any profile (may it be Facebook, Instagram or even LinkedIn) you can be sure to find pics of food. There is nothing wrong about that. I mean, if you’re in Australia and you are about to bite into some witchety grubs (i.e. larvae of the cossid moth Endoxyla leucomochla) perhaps your main concern will be to take a snap of your snack and inform your dear ones that you will survive that faceful ordeal (by the way, larvae taste vaguely of almonds and, believe it or not, they are one of the most sought-after food among Aborigines).

The point is how good are the pictures we take in order to arouse interest, curiosity or pleasure, because more often than not the shots we see on line are blurry, too dark or over-exposed, photobombed or at least with a dozen of undesired elements that ruin the picture.

Appetibilis Team and Ristorante Spazio 33 in Lanciano (a lovely town in Abruzzo) tried to give some useful tips for amateur food photographers. This was not meant to be a photography course, rather an informal evening with people who are willing to improve their photography techniques.

Set is ready
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At the cosy and intimate venue of Spazio 33, customers found a miniature photographic set, some basic photographic gear and were asked to take pictures of the dishes they were going to have.
Between some “Brussels sprouts with gorgonzola cheese, grapes and almonds” and a mouth-watering heap of “tortellini stuffed with porcini mushroom scented with lavender buds”, guests challenged themselves with lights, exposures and layouts.
People had the chance to take snaps of “carne salada (i.e. salted meat) carpaccio topped with Tropea onion chutney and marsala”. Not bad, eh?

The good thing about shooting food is that it is does not move (unless you are having witchety grubs) and after the shot, you will actually “enjoy” it. The bad thing is that lights, shadows and reflection on dishes and props will be difficult to manage if you do not master the basics of food photography.
Appetibilis team tried to give some tips on how to make the snaps really enticing for all those who did not have the luck to try the real dishes.

Did we succeed in doing so?

The Art of Wandering :: Snow at the Seaside

“The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.” ~ E.E. Cummings :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.” ~ E.E. Cummings
Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
~ Pablo Picasso

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~ John Steinbeck :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~ John Steinbeck :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone

La neve rallenta, modifica, ti ferma per farsi ammirare meglio. La neve riporta a altre nevi, a altri sguardi, a altre vite, a tutti gli inverni, a tutte le età che hai attraversato, anno per anno. La neve pesa poco, pesa meno dell’aria limpida, del sole e della pioggia. La neve è roba mia. ~ Mina

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” ~ Sara Raasch :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” ~ Sara Raasch
Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©GiuseppeMarone
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun” ~ Pablo Picasso :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun” ~ Pablo Picasso
Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.” ~ T.S. Eliot :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.” ~ T.S. Eliot
Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” ~ Elbert Hubbard :: Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone
“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
Snow at the Seaside | photo: ©MateldaCodagnone