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Food Photography Styling Tip: How to Float Garnish on a Thin Soup

By Anthony Thurston on July 21st 2013


Food photography is not all about sticking a plate of food down and taking a few shots. A lot of work and planning must go into the styling of the food; just as a hair or makeup styling is imperative for shooting with Models, Food Styling is imperative for high quality food photography.

Today I wanted to share a tip that I came across for getting a garnish to stay on top of a light soup. This can be infuriating if you do not have much experience styling food, and it can completely ruin a shot if your garnish sinks into the soup.

You can see this tip in action via the video below, but for those of you who prefer to read its simple. You take glass beads, preferably clear, and place them in the bottom of the bowl. Then you pour the soup over the top just so that it covers the beads. Then place your garnish and you don’t have to worry about it sinking.

Learn some more great food photography tips via the Pinch of Yum Ebook which we reviewed a while back. Its a great resource if you are looking to up your food photography game.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing

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