Food Advertisements Informative - My Food Didn't Look Like The Picture
I just read an interesting article on how to photograph food so that it looks good.
Some of the tips are quite interesting...
i.e. Setting up the photo-shoot before the food is ready, so all you have to do it switch a blank plate out with the plate of fresh food when it's fresh from cooking
or brushing the food with a light coat of olive oil to make it glisten
using macro-focusing (very close focus on one part)
oh and even using wet microwaved cotton balls (placed behind the food) to make it look like it's steaming.
Taking the photo from an angle instead of straight down
there's a lot of tips if you look it up online.
The thing is... People really need to understand... There's a lot of magic a photographer can do with lighting, setting flash levels, focus, setting, how the item is arranged... All of this can make an item of food look more appealing.
And yes, they can take the same item of food that you're going to eat and make it look ten times better with photography skills.