The art of food photography is extremely technical, usually taking the stylists hours to create the perfect shot. All photographers make use of external factors, such as the height, angle, colors, textures, lighting, food placement, props, and backgrounds, to make the food look appetizing, and serving it in a way which flaunts the best features of the dish. However, some go even further, using some really weird, yet creative food photography tricks, which stretches the limits to just how far manufacturers can go in order to bring in more buyers.
Stylists also painstakingly glue sesame seeds to the bun, using tweezers, and melt the cheese carefully at the edges in exactly the way they want it. The sauces are strategically squeezed in with a syringe. Tweezers are also used to arrange the noodle placement and curvature when photographing Asian dishes. The cardboard trick is also used when photographing other layered items, such as cream cakes.
Apart from ice cream, mashed potatoes are also pumped into chickens and turkeys with a syringe to make them look plump, or they might be disguised as pie fillings to give the pie slice a sturdy structure.