Raised in the Midwest, I am a Korean-American who has a passion for cooking, eating, recipe development, and food photography. After moving back to the States from Korea a few years ago, disappointment hit hard when I tried to find authentic Korean recipes online and offline. This is not to say there weren’t any reliable websites out there, but they were mostly the same recipes regurgitated from previous ones. From that, I decided to give the world yet another food blog authentic recipes from classic restaurants in Seoul and throughout Korea (including Jeju Island). Being more active on Facebook and Instagram, make sure to join or follow for current updates on my culinary adventure in Korea.
Some people have inquired about how I take such beautiful, vivid pictures and the explanation is simple — lighting. Or, more specifically, natural lighting. After studying up on different food photography techniques, you quickly learn that lighting (and no, not the camera) is the single most important factor to get clear, detailed, and colorful pictures.
When I started this blog, I was very close to being one of those food photographers with an expensive camera in tow, props and placements to match every color, and dishes of all shapes and sizes. Standing on ladders or chairs to get that perfect picture is commonplace in professional food photography. I do not and will not be one of those guys.
Proud to say, I use a regular Samsung point n shoot that cost roughly $200 bucks. Though I am a big fan of beautiful food, I am not a big fan of food that looks more like art than real food. Even though I still yearn for a nice DSLR camera, I am reminded of the guy standing on the ladder trying to get that perfect shot. I will not be one of those guys.
Updated 4/20/2013: It was by pure accident that I purchased my beginner-level DSLR Nikon 5100 when the Samsung decided it didn’t want to shoot any more food pics. To my surprise, it would have cost more to fix the camera for what I originally paid for it, making it an easy decision to go ahead and upgrade. Needless to say, the pictures are turning out better than expected and you might see a noticeable difference in quality. As I read back at my previous notes, I guess I might end up being one of those photographers who stand on ladders and chairs to get that picture perfect shot.
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