How to make food images not so dried out
The skewer looks a lot worse than it actually tasted (juicy and tender). In photoshop, what are some methods to make this look more appetizing?
This is one of those things that is easier to fix during the actual photo-shoot, instead of with post processing. The main reason it looks 'dry' is because of the harsh lighting (you can tell by the shadow under the plate) - choosing a more indirect, and more warmer light will make this look more appetizing.
There are a bunch of other tricks such as spraying it with some oil when you're done to make it look shiny, or under-cooking certain meats to make it look more plump.
Anywho, here's what I came up with in Photoshop:
What I did:
- lower contrast via curves, also overall brightness
- color balanced to make it look warmer
- dodge light areas of food
- burn darker areas