6 Tips for New Food Bloggers


1) Create a content strategy

Create a content strategy on what your blog is going to be about is necessary for new food blogger. In the beginning you might want to write about anything food-related that comes from your kitchen like sharing recipes from the food that you cook daily or weekly. This is fine – it’s a good way to work out what you do like writing about and what you’re good at as a start. And after that you can narrower your topic or even make it wider when you expect your blog would give benefit to many people as a portal does. Deciding on a content strategy also makes it easier to build a dedicated readership because people know what to expect when they visit your site.


2) Produce the best writing you can

What story are you trying to tell? If you don’t know, the reader certainly won’t be able to work it out. Decide what you want to say and then cut everything from your story that doesn’t actually add to it.

Once you’ve written your draft post, go over it carefully, looking for any mis-spelt words or awkward sentences. Editing will really make your story. If you’re not a strong writer then there are a few things you can do to improve: 1) Read as much as possible; 2) Write as much as possible; and 3: Buy a style guide, editing guide and dictionary.


3) Consistently Writing

I am starting to do it now and I think it’s making a big difference. If you decide that you wish to blog maybe once or twice a week, it doesn’t matter if you not do it as what you plan as long as you continue writing. Maybe this week you missed one post a week but maybe next week you can write more. If you can, you might want to make a plan about what you’re going to blog about on each date and schedule time into your diary to prepare your posts. It’s a great way to ensure you’re blogging in a balanced, consistent and regular way. You’ll never get stuck for ideas again.


4) Choose a Good, Simple and Eye-catching Design 

I read a lot of food and other blogs and I generally decide within a minute or so whether a new blog I’ve come across is one I’m going to keep visiting.  I sometimes redesigning my blog to make it much cleaner. I want all the attention to be on the words and photographs with minimal distractions.


5) Blog Walking

Food bloggers are usually inspired by other people’s work. Acknowledge all your sources of inspiration and link back wherever possible. Create a blogroll or ‘favourite sites’ section on your blog to promote other food bloggers you like. Don’t forget to visit other food blogs and share the love by leaving thoughtful comments on the posts that speak to you so they know that you’re exist. The other blogger will be curious about who you are and check out your site back.


6) Find Your Own Style 

Do not publish material, recipes or photographs from other blogs or sites without permission, full credit and a link back to the original site; publishing without permission and proper acknowledgement is stealing. Try to find your own style to create your own original work. It’s ok if sometimes we influence by others but finally you’ll find your own style and be proud of your own work rather than stealing others.


High Key Photography

High key photography uses  bright lighting to blow out most or all harsh shadows in an image. High key methods were originally developed as a solution to screens that couldn’t properly display high contrast ratios, but has developed into more of a stylistic choice. High key images usually bring happy and bright mood, it also convey a positive or upbeat tone. Some high key images sometimes makes us feel ethereal, delicate and dream-like. High-key photography usually have pure or nearly pure white backgrounds.

When looking at a High Key images, you will probably notice a few things. The first thing is that the picture is bright. Yes – to create a high key image you need to set your exposure levels to high values but remember it doesn’t mean over expose. You will need to watch out, the outline of the image should be there. The other feature is the lack of contrast. In addition for the tone being bright, you will notice that it is almost even across the scene. This is achieved by carefully setting the lighting of the picture. A third feature, that need closer attention to notice is the lack of shadows in the picture. The shadows cast by the model (or subject) are suppressed by lighting in the scene.


Here are some samples of high key images:













FujiFilm X100T Photo Samples

Fujifilm X100T is a high-end compact aimed at the demands of enthusiasts and professionals. Announced in September 2014, it’s the third model in the series, succeeding the original X100 and the previous X100S. Like those models it packs one of the company’s 16 Megapixel X-Trans sensors with a fixed 35mm equivalent f2 lens into a retro-styled body with a built-in viewfinder.


  • 16 megapixel 1.5x crop sensor

  • Fixed 35mm equivalent f/2 lens

  • ISO 200-6400 Native, 100-51200 using LO and HI

  • Hybrid mirrorless system with optical rangefinder / electronic viewfinder

  • Built-in Wifi

  • Hybrid mechanical / electronic shutter, electronic shutter capable of 1/32000 sec

  • 1080p 60fps etc video

  • Built-in intervalometer

  • Built-in ND filter (A true ~3 stop ND, not just “ISO LO”)

Following photos taken using Fujifilm X100T.












How To Edit Your Food Photo using Capture NX-D




This time i want to share how I edit my food photos before i post them in here. I use Nikon with RAW file for shooting my photos, so that is easier for me to edit them using Capture NX-D as it’s a Nikon’s Dedicated RAW Processing Software. You can also get it for free.

“RAW” is one of the file formats used by digital cameras to record photographs. RAW images are “raw”, completely untouched data that require further processing to become true photographs, which is similar to developing silver-halide films shot with film cameras. The advantages in developing RAW files are that it allows extensive image editing without concerning about degrading image quality because raw file save all the actual data when you shoot. You can alter the white balance or adjust exposure after shooting, and fine-tuning images using Picture Control will not compromise image quality.

Let’s start with the SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) image above.


  1. Open Capture NX-D application.
  2. Open the image that you want to edit using File –> Open Image
  3. Now we have the image and we can start to edit. In Pic. 1 below : I used contrast/brightness editing tool. I did an adjustment, add contrast to +20 and left brightness as is.
Pic. 1


4. In Pic. 2 below : I used Unsharp Mask tool to sharpen the image. I add Intensity +25 and Radius +11. Then the last thing i did is crop the image.

Pic. 2


In the image below you can see the after editing image. It’s just a subtle and simple adjustment that i made to this image. Next time i’m gonna show you the one with more complicated adjustment in the image. Hope this information is useful and easy to understand. If you have any question, just leave your comment and i’ll come shortly to answer your question.



4 Tips for My Fellow Foodie Photographer When You Shoot at The Restaurant

4 Tips for my fellow Foodie Photographer


Taken food photos for “foodie” blogs or websites, or just to share with friends now becoming popular since social media are growing. We usually taken photo that served in a restaurant when we had breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here are 4 tips for my fellow foodie photographer:
1. Lighting is important.
    Window light is a great light source. It is large and when diffused it can wrap around your subject nicely. When you’ve got harsh light coming through the windows, incorporate shadows into your composition. When available, a skylight makes an               ideal large, diffused light source.
    Here are some photos taken when i went to a restaurant. All photos taken using natural light.

2. Composition is everything.

    Since the food on the plate, bowl or glass is the star of the image, limit the distractions in the background. Using a fast lens will allow you to use the shallow depth of field to your advantage in throwing the background out of focus. Just like people             often feel they have a “better side” to photograph, so does food. Turn the plate around so you can see which side is best to shoot.


3. Keep it simple.

When you’re shooting in a restaurant, be polite to servers and fellow diners. Stick to available light. Bump up the ISO if you have to, and shoot at wider apertures. Here’s where a fast lens can make all the difference as to how quickly you can                   shoot.


4. Experiment.

Do some experiment when you shot in a restaurant, try some different angle and use everything that you can use to support your food photo like serviette, spoon, salt and pepper jar, flower vase, etc.


My Natural Light Photo Studio

So many people think to make good photo need big space and fancy camera. No, it’s not true. To make good photo you need good lighting. The key is controlling the light. Even in small space with a good light, you could be surprised with the result. Now I want to share where and how i execute my food photo around my house. I always use natural light for all my food photo. Now, let’s see how my natural light photo studio works.

These three pictures below taken in a room with the size 2x3m. I just used a bit space around the corner. Using table as background or wood sheets and styrofoam sheet as reflector. Sometimes i used ironing table as well to put the wood sheets. Not fancy at all isn;t it? But I love the big windows with lots of light coming in and also the sheer curtain functioning as diffuser. Dark curtain there has benefit as light blocking stuff. That’s why this corner becoming my favourite spot for taken most of my food photo.


The thick curtain help us to control the light, while the sheer curtain functioning as diffuser to soften the harsh light. Background also important to create mood for the photo. Dark background is needed to create low key photo or some people call it moody light photo. For example is spices and celeriac photo below. While bright background is usually use to create photo with bright mood like the coriander photo below.



The last picture below showing me shoot fried noodle. I took it in my living room which has big windows and wood space attach to the it. You can utilize the small wood space here to shoot food photo with simple styling.

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So with the basic of photography concept and knowledge about how to style the food and make it mouthwatering you can make good photo in your house. Find any spot with good lighting and you can use your household to improve your food photography. Next article would be about how to utilize your household to improve your food photography. Keep shooting guys! Practise makes perfect.