Originally Posted by athena53
In some ways, I find the way the marketers try to manipulate us fascinating. Heck, food stylist labor long and hard to get the perfect "bridge" (those strings of cheese when a slice of pizza is pulled away) in pizza commercials. I see the offerings in the in-store bakery in the grocery store and they're all packaged for maximum visual appeal (think about the frosting on cupcakes!) and they use words like "fresh" and "artisan" a lot. It's neither if the ingredient list is full of chemicals I can't pronounce!
As most everyone here knows by now one of my hobbies is photography and one of the learning sources I use is Youtube. I just went there and searched on "photographing food
" and got over 23,000 hits. And that's just videos on one site. There is indeed an art, science, skill set and technique to learn that specialty of photographing food. The pros will spend two days preparing for a shoot that lasts five minutes at most. There are people whose full time and well-paid job title is "food stylist". That's why you will never ever get a cheeseburger that looks even remotely like the one in the photo on the menu.
And that's for a simple hamburger. Think about the lengths they go to for something that is expensive.