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Food photo tricks


By Raffy Paredes

Watch the video “10 Mind Blowing Tricks Advertisers Use to Manipulate Photos” by Top Trending on YouTube and you will never wonder again why the food you’re served at the restaurant looks different from its photo in the menu. The 10 tricks covered in the video are:

  1. Cotton balls soaked and heated to add long-lasting steam;
  2. Mashed potatoes used to fill out meat, add consistency to foods, and serve as an ice cream replacement;
  3. Glue used as a milk substitute;
  4. Steak grill marks painted on with shoe polish;
  5. Shaving cream as whipped cream;
  6. Spraying fruit with deodorant for an ultra-shiny look;
  7. Using colored wax to improve the look and consistency of sauces;
  8. Cardboard used for separating cake layers and burger fixings;
  9. Raw birds stuffed with paper towels and painted to achieve agolden brown look;
  10. Spraying pancakes with fabric protector and pouring motor oil as syrup (PetaPixel).

  • Pilipinas Kong Mahal (Melvin Anore)

  • Misteryosa (Justin Reyes)

  • Proof of Faith (Anthony Into)

  • Untitled (Arnel Cruzada)

  • Untitled (Ateneo Sta. Ines)

  • Untitled (Japhet Bendol)

  • Untitled (Robert Bryan De La Rosa)

  • Dampa (Ricky Pagador)

  • East (Leo Vina)

  • Eat Again (Shien Rhoel Moral)

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    And now to our featured readers.

    Freelance printer Ateneo Sta. Ines sent in an untitled black-and-white photo taken on a rainy night. “I’m a photographer who loves to shoot moments on the street,” writes Ateneo. “That’s why I always see to it that I have my camera always in my bag. PAGASA declares that rainy season officially begins here in the country. While heading home riding on a jeepney, a heavy downpour of rain strikes, my heart smiles as I grab my cam inside my bag. This is it, time to shoot some moments on the street.”

    Shien Rhoel Moral, student journalist and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering student at the Laguna State Polytechnic University-Santa Cruz Campus shares “Eat Again” taken in Cubao. Her photo shows sleeping street people below a wall painted with the words “eat again” and “food.”

    From Robert Bryan De La Rosa is an untitled photo of the feet of team members moving in coordination during the team capability building of San Pablo City Water District.  His tagline for the picture reads: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

    The photo, “Dampa” comes from Ricky Pagador. It is a photo of the Cagayan River taken in Centro Norte, Camalaniugan,Cagayan. He shares facts about the great river: “Cagayan River, also known as the Rio Grande de Cagayan, is the longest, largest and widest river in the country. It is located in the Cagayan Valley region in the northeastern part of Luzon island and traverses the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela, and Cagayan. Small streams originating from Balete Pass, Cordillera, Caraballo, and Sierra Madre Mountains meet other streams and rivers and flow to the Cagayan River. The famous ‘lurung’ fish abound in this river during the rainy season when the river is murky and the fish swim upstream from the delta of Aparri to spawn.”

    Leo Vina submitted the sunrise photo titled “East” together with a sunset photo (not featured). “Sunrise and sunset for me are God-painted images,” writes Leo.“That is why I love shooting them. Capturing these blessings is a miracle for me.”

    Arnel Cruzada sent in the untitled photo of a lady paddler eking out a living on the Mekong River in Vietnam.

    The photo, “Pilipinas Kong Mahal” is Melvin Anore’s tribute to the country’s Independence Day. His photo description reads: “One of the most significant dates in Philippine history is June 12, 1898. It celebrates the nation’s independence from decades of Spanish rule. Philippine independence was formally proclaimed on June 12, 1898 with the reading of the proclamation of independence in Kawit, Cavite.”

    Japhet Bendol writes that his untitled postcard-like photo of a street in Intramuros was taken during the Chinese New Year photowalk of the WAP Photography Group. He travelled to Manila from Cagayan de Oro where he resides, just to join the photowalk.

    From Justin Reyes is the black-and-white photo titled “Misteryosa.” Justin relates that the photo taken in Tanauan, Batangas is part of his personal project,“365 days with Tanaueños.” He shares an advice for fellow street photographers: “When you want to take a shot of something but you’re feeling shy or afraid then there must be something good in it. I lost a lot of chances in the last three years just because I was afraid to take the shot. Be courageous and don’t you dare miss that moment.”

    And the photo, “Proof of Faith” comes from Anthony Into.

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