Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Foodpanda Food Photography Secrets Revealed



foodpanda interviews one of its top-photographers to guarantee glamorous food snaps

Nowadays, everyone loves taking pictures of their food, whether it’s fiddling with filters to enhance images, or using special lenses for professional results - before actually digging in and enjoying a meal. But according to foodpanda, there are several even simpler tips to ensure masterful food photos without having to buy professional gadgets!

  1. What is considered to be most important when taking food photos?
It’s pretty difficult to pinpoint ‘the most important’ aspect to consider when taking photos of food, because a good photo depends on many factors, from lighting and technique to having an aesthetic eye, and of course the food itself. However, one of the most important things to consider is authenticity and to stay true to your individual style. Once you have your own style, you should stick to it, as it will serve as an expression of your personality.

  1. Do you need a professional camera to achieve the above or can you take cool pictures with a smartphone?
You can certainly achieve all of this with your smartphone! Having a professional camera has great benefits, but you are definitely not limited with a smartphone. If you know what factors to consider when taking pictures, you are guaranteed professional-looking images. You can also always edit pictures with the help of white balance settings or playing with one of the countless photography apps.

  1. Do ingredients play a role in pictures?
That’s a pretty good question, because it doesn’t cross most people’s minds, but the contents of the dish do play a role in photos. There are many dishes that don’t photograph well, so you need to consider adding fresh ingredients that would enhance the picture. The next time you order food that is not photogenic, consider using fresh ingredients with great colours available in your kitchen. Feel free to arrange them nicely and test the angle.

  1. Should you use raw ingredients around the dish in photos. What is the benefit?
Raw ingredients make for great extra props, especially with foods that don’t photograph well. As mentioned, the addition of raw ingredients make the photo look fresh, while bright colours would make your photos pop.

  1. If a dish looks crowded, will the picture be less appealing?
Yes, simplicity is key. The plate should be nicely arranged and not in an overwhelming way. To help you envision what that means, think about how you can keep the outer white space of the plate clear. I would suggest to just use a small portion of your meal to take the photo, and then later on enjoy it in its entirety!

  1. What about including hands in the photo? Is that a no-go?
Adding a human element to your pictures actually makes for a good picture, as it shows viewers that you are taking the picture from your own point of view and creates a sense of presence. You could take a picture holding cutlery, or you could simply lay your hand on the side. Holding ingredients in hand (rosemary, cranberry etc.) is a great idea. Just test the angles and you’re sure to take a perfect shot!

  1. What are the best angles to use when taking food pictures?
Angles are the visual language connecting you and your audience, and my two favourite are the top angle and the front angle. Of course, there a lot of different angles that work, but these are my personal favorite when taking food pictures. 

  1. And is there any necessity for professional gadgets?
If you’re not a professional photographer, it’s not necessary to invest in technical additions. Improvisation couldn’t be easier! Here are some super helpful tips:
     Decorate - use a wooden board to place your food, white baking paper or paper bag as a background, even spread some baking powder around for that extra effect!
     Use a napkin to take out excess oil from some dishes - oily dishes don’t photograph well and it will taste just the same.
     Put your food close to a window. Natural lightning is key to the having best pictures.
     Don’t have a selfie stick to take pictures from a high angle? Stand on a chair!
     Use styrofoam as a substitute for reflectors, they work wonders!
     Set the focus point correctly on the main dish - simply click on the screen of your mobile phone.

  1. Any obvious tips? Golden rules?
It might seem obvious, but it needs to be said that you should always keep the plate clean, especially when shooting close-ups. If there are smudges or imperfections, it would make the food look unappealing. Another tip would be to set up your perfect shot before your meal arrives -- food comes last in the composition process. Lastly, arrangement is a golden rule, as it is the key to a successful picture.


Food photography ultimately amounts to your interaction with your meal. Specific arrangements, differing camera angles, the use of natural lighting, and the human element are just some of the things to consider. This process takes time and postpones the moment of eventually taking that very first bite of a delicious meal. But the anticipation makes this experience all the greater, so take out your camera and enjoy snapping some cool shots using the above tips. Just don’t let that meal get too cold!

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About foodpanda:
foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favorite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 14,000 partner restaurants in more than 30 cities across 9 Asian countries globally. foodpanda is active in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, Philippines, Bangladesh and Brunei. It belongs to Delivery Hero, worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit www.foodpanda.ph

How it works:
Through the foodpanda website or via the new iOS and Android apps, customers can enter their area and view a curated list of restaurants serving their neighborhood. Once they have found their meal of choice, they can place an order in the comfort of their home or office, paying online through foodpanda’s secure platform. The order is then carefully prepared by the restaurant, picked up by the foodpanda rider and delivered straight to their doorstep.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Tips For First-Time Owners on How to Maintain Their Cars



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Whether it's new or old, every car needs to be cared for. If you're a first-time owner there're certain things that you need to take note of when it comes to maintaining your car. There're simple tasks that you can do yourself like cleaning the car, installing new windshield wipers, and checking tire pressure. But there're tasks that only a mechanic can do such as changing oil and new brakes. You also have to make sure that you've read the owner's manual for you to know the car's features and the schedule for the maintenance. Be attentive to any changes in performance, noises, leaks, and smell. It's better to have the vehicle repaired while the problems are still in its early stages.  

Having your car regularly washed and waxed will help protect the paint from elements. Another important task is to keep your tires properly inflated because if they're not, they'll wear faster and it's a waste of gas. Always have a tire pressure gauge on hand and check pressure at least once a month. Another must-do is to keep your car's registration certificate and other important documents handy. Better yet, keep them in the car so you won't misplace them. It's likewise practical to join a motor club so you can just call them if your car breaks down or you get a flat tire (but of course you need to learn how to change a flat tire). 

It's also essential that you have a reliable and highly qualified mechanic. Ask your family and friends for recommendations and once you find one, make sure to form a relationship of confidence and esteem. Furthermore, think hard where you'll have your car repaired, whether it's in a local repair shop or franchised dealership. Although local repair shops are cheaper, franchised dealerships have technicians that specialize in your brand and have parts and tools specifically for your car's model. 

Don't be afraid to visit websites like Cars.com for any information concerning a particular car brand and/or model. They have plenty of resources, even videos and reviews that will certainly help a first-time owner and/or those who are shopping for a car. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

S&R Pizza Gets Widest Delivery Coverage in NCR with Foodpanda


No cover ups. No frills. Just a bigger and better promise of the good old, cheesy and giant S&R Pizza delivering to most parts of Metro Manila. 
 
Yes, we’ve heard it before, the long lines are making you drool over your favorite S&R New York Style Pizza even more. And though it is definitely worth the wait, some of us may not just have the time and especially the patience to do it. Fret no more because S&R recently joined the long list of foodpanda’s restaurant partners making their in demand, enormous pizzas available even in the farthest corners of the Metro. 

You definitely need no membership card to get ahold of the most coveted comfort food in town, just download the app or visit foodpanda Philippines’ website and click away! You can choose from four different flavors: Pizza Combo Whole which has pepperoni, beef, green bell pepper, onions, olives, and a whole lot of cheese!, Pizza Garlic Shrimp with generous sprinkles of shrimps over loads and loads of cheese, enticing polka-dotted pizza dough called Pizza Pepperoni, and if you are a die hard cheese fan, you can indulge with their Pizza Cheese Whole.

Complementing their pizza line are other comfort food items like S&R Fried Chicken, Cheeseburger, Pure Beef Hotdog Sandwich, Chicken Caesar Salad, and French Fries. S&R may be the Holy Grail for bulk-buying grocery items but it’s slowly proving to be more than just that. The membership-shopping club’s food court is the favorite aspect of the warehouse for many shoppers. In addition to the great low price, S&R New York Style Pizza’s also known for their enormous servings. From their tasty FS Pure Beef Hotdog to their cheesy 18” Combo Pizza, it’s definitely a great deal. Thank heavens they’r now in foodpanda.
 
foodpanda, #YourFoodDeliveryApp, is one of the world’s leading online food ordering and delivery platform that enables restaurants to become visible to mobile app and web users. It is headquartered in Berlin (Germany) and powered by tech giant Delivery Hero. The foodpanda app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Its interface offer convenience and extensive food options to busy and hungry customers. foodpanda entered the Philippine market in 2014 and now partnered with nearly 2000 restaurants to provide unprecedented access to great food options in key cities and urban centers. Visit www.foodpanda.ph or download the app to order!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How About Churros for Your Next Online Food Delivery?

Churreria La Lola now delivers your favorites!

THIS IS NOT A DRILL – Craving for your favorite churros, but don’t have the will and time to brave the chaos outside? La Lola is now available via foodpanda desktop site and mobile app to serve you happy, messy, and chocolatey smiles!

Since their launch in 2014, La Lola Group has been consistently giving us several Spanish concepts to go loco about, and their churros are definitely not an exemption to this. They played and had fun with the traditional style of serving churros, and introduced a whole new way of appreciating this epic snack-time rock star. We all first fell in love with the classic style that they call Churros Clasicos, which are perfect when dipped in their rich Signature Chocolate sauce. But you can also be adventurous with other dip flavors like Dark Chocolate, Ube, and Matcha. One bite and you’ll know that it’s made from scratch using only the finest ingredients, and served hot and fresh! La Lola’s churros are deep fried in 100% olive oil and are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

You can also enjoy their Choco Churros, and select from 6 chocolate-flavored coatings like Ube, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry, White Chocolate, Butterscotch, and the crowd-favorite Matcha. Adding up to their foodpanda menu are their Xuxos (stuffed churros) that come with Nutella, Banana Nutella, Speculoos, and Dulce De Leche filling. foodpanda helps in La Lola’s aim to spread happiness and now covers the whole of Metro Manila.

foodpanda is one of the world’s leading online food ordering and delivery platform that enables restaurants to become visible to mobile app and web users. It is headquartered in Berlin (Germany) and powered by tech giant Delivery Hero. The foodpanda app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Its interface offers convenience and extensive food options to busy and hungry customers. foodpanda entered the Philippine market in 2014 and now partnered with nearly 2000 restaurants to provide unprecedented access to great food options in key cities and urban centers. Visit www.foodpanda.ph or download the app to order!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Gadget Accessories Shopping at Lazada

It's been awhile since I posted anything since I've been super busy. I've missed writing on my blog. Anyway, I did a little shopping last week for a laptop bag, tablet case, and cellphone case at Lazada. I've been using my old gadget accessories for quite some time now so it's high time that I replace them. Here are the items I bought:

Black 11.6" Messenger Bag by Golla Aden (Php 1,350)

Red Universal Tablet Case for 7 - 8" by Halo Kolby (Php 550)

Pink Silicone Glitters Case for Samsung Galaxy On7 (Php 375)



Friday, April 21, 2017

Shopback Redemption

Got some cash back from my Christmas shopping courtesy of Shopback. It's small alright but it's still money. 


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Earning Easy Money

I bought the 2017 Belle De Jour Power Planner not just because I needed an organizer and I wanted the discount coupons but also because of the numerous articles that come with it. There're lots of advice and tips about financial matters and life in general. I want to share one of the articles because I know it will be useful to many specially those who want to earn some extra money. It's actually about earning during Christmas but it's something that applies all year round, even if it's not the holiday season. 


Quick Tips to Earning Easy Money:

The holidays are fast approaching and shopping deals are waiting to be explored. If you're a little strapped for cash for Christmas gifts for the cherished people in your life, why not try your hand in some quick and easy ways to earn more?

1.) Share your skills.  Spread the word about your mad Photoshop skills and offer to design holiday greeting cards, letters, and party invitations for family and friends. But if writing is more your speed, then compile all your past works and send them to freelance writing sites, online and print publications, and popular bloggers who need content contributors. 

2.) Cook up a storm. Baking and cooking during the holiday season are surefire ways to book paying clients who want to give out edible Christmas gifts. Be sure to check out Youtube hits and Pinterest for sweet and yummy inspiration.

3.) Party on. Event assistant and party host are also other possible souces of extra income you could explore. There's always an event organizer who needs on-the-day event assistants who don't mind waking up extra early for ingress and going to bed late after egress. You could even encourage your friends to join you! The event organizer might even ask you to co-host if you offer to do so.