Lens And Ladle by Rachana Nayak


Master the art of food photography with essential composition rules, capturing the beautiful charm of delicious dishes.

Photographs capture momentary events and turn them into timeless visual stories.

Photography covers a wide array of genres, including food photography which is the art of taking pictures of food, making it look delicious and visually attractive. It involves careful styling, lighting, and composition techniques to showcase textures, colors, and details of various dishes or ingredients.

My portfolio book which is entitled “LENS AND LADLE”, creatively connects the worlds of photography and culinary arts. Lens  represents the camera used in photography, while Ladle symbolizes the utensils used in cooking and food preparation. I explore a unique method by looking at  principles that are essential in getting beautiful pictures. 

The Golden Triangle, Golden Spiral, S Curve, C Curve, Diagonal Method, Pattern, and Balancing are among the laws that provide a special framework for creating eye-catching compositions. 

According to the Golden Triangle principle, the frame is divided into three equal parts using diagonal lines, creating a balanced and attractive design. The Golden Spiral guides the viewer’s eye through the picture, sharing a sense of flow and action. 

The S Curve rule used in food photography employs curved lines to add style and liveliness. By including a curved shape like the letter “C,” the C Curve enhances balance and directs the viewer’s attention. 

The Diagonal rule suggests arranging important details or lines diagonally across the frame. Patterns, such as repeating components, textures, or shapes, add visual interest and improve the composition. 

Lastly, Balance is achieved by arranging visual elements, colors, and weights to create a pleasing and well-balanced image.

I captured the spirit and beauty of food in my photographs in a way that is both visually appealing and uniquely artistic.

To sum up, my portfolio book on food photography explores a unique method that combines essential principles and rules to capture the timeless beauty of food. Through careful styling, lighting, and composition techniques, I aim to create visually attractive images that tell beautiful stories and showcase the delicious attraction of food.

  1. Golden Triangle 
  1. Golden Spiral
  1. S Curve
  1. C Curve
  1. Diagonal Method
  1. Pattern
  1. Balance

The fusion of technical skill and artistic style, where rules become our inspiration and the camera celebrates the beautiful rhythm of our creative journey.

In this remarkable portfolio book, “Lens and Ladle,” I have begun a beautiful journey through the world of food photography. With each chapter, I have immersed myself in the artistry, techniques, and passion that have fueled my creative exploration. It has been an act of love, a collection of moments frozen in time, where flavors and textures transformed into artwork.

Embarking on a journey through the pages of my portfolio book, I immersed myself in the art of food photography, discovering the secrets behind visually captivating compositions. From the graceful curves to the dynamic energy of diagonal lines and the mesmerizing allure of patterns, I embraced the power of these elements to captivate the viewer’s gaze. Each image became a testament to the delicate balance achieved as the chapters unfolded, showcasing the exquisite beauty of food in artful arrangements.

In justifying my book, I aimed to inspire and boost the creative spirits within the readers. I want to demonstrate that food photography is not just about capturing images; it is an art form that celebrates nourishment, joy, and stories. By sharing my methods, ideas, and personal journey, I hope to encourage others to embark on their creative adventures and embrace the limitless possibilities that the world of food photography offers.

In “Lens and Ladle,” I have poured my heart and soul into every photograph, striving to capture the magic within the culinary world. It is a portfolio that celebrates the art of nourishment. I hope that as readers flip through its pages, they are inspired to see food in a new light, appreciating its aesthetic qualities and the emotions it evokes. May this book serve as a reminder that food photography is an art form worth exploring, a journey that combines technique and passion, and a gateway to endless possibilities in culinary delights.


All the photos and text in this post are copyright of Rachana Nayak, Uttarakannada, KarnatakaCreative Hut Institute of Photography. Their reproduction, full or part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.


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