There are plenty of Instagram profiles that you've come across and follow closely but was never able to put a face to the username. Squarepad is one of them, especially if you’re a cafe-hopping/foodie-loving individual living in Malaysia. So when Squarepad decided to run photography workshops and reveal his identity, it was a good opportunity to learn food photography from a trained eye. I guess you can also treat it as a (paid) meet and greet to uncover the veil behind the pseudonym (in case you haven’t heard, his actual name is Ryan).
1. Your screen protector and your phone screen will affect your editing
I've always known that editing in different brightness affects the way you edit, but I completely unaware that screen protectors would affect your editing as well! If thats’s the case, I have definitely committed an editing faux pas prior to attending the workshop. Previously, I was so accustomed to editing photos before I went to sleep, so chances are I would edit on the Night Shift mode where the screen is warm/yellow. I’ve also used privacy and matte screens before, so I can’t imagine how horrible my photos would look like on a phone screen that’s completely different from mine.
Sometimes you're so used to seeing how objects should be photographed based on the umpteen number of photos posted by people to Instagram, especially if you’re so used to gaining ideas from that particular social media platform. For example, you would naturally attempt taking flatlays of food. Have you ever thought of capturing it from the side angles? Or from a 45 degree angle? Try applying unconventional ways to capture food instead! It might be more visually informative than a flatlay for certain types of food.
3. Editing is Subjective
You can never be able to judge how much is too much editing. Some people may like to keep it as natural as possible, while some like to play around with Photoshop and superimpose images together. Some people may prefer a whitewashed image, others may think a #moodygram kinda shot would make their cup of coffee stand out. To each their own! To be honest, I kinda hate post-processing even though my photos could use some heavy duty editing sometimes.
I guess there’s only so much I can share without revealing too much information, but all I can say is that some of the things that he covered are things that I would not have thought of searching up on Google; and that it's incredibly amusing to be surrounded by people with the same (if not more) enthusiasm for photography and coffee. It's not everyday that you get to see a bunch of people shooting an innocent dish with a phone or a camera or have people run from one end to another at the mere mention of a "pouring shot"!
Follow Ryan on Instagram to admire his photography and stay tuned for upcoming announcements related to his workshops!