In movies and tv advertisements, you gotta get creative with presenting your food. As with everything else, you want your food to look fabulous. And sometimes this means using non-food items to spice up that look.

    Food commercials are great at this. They use a lot of tricks to make food appear more beautiful on camera than it looks in real life. I decided to make a DIY on how to make food look really good for the camera.

    Just to be clear, all of these food items shouldn’t be consumed. This DIY is for food in the background or for advertisement, not for actors or anyone else to consume.

    Cereal with yogurt

    The first item on the menu is a personal favourite: Cereal.

    For this food you’ll need:

    • Cereal
    • Yogurt
    • Bowl
    • Spoon

    It’s simple enough, you could use milk with your cereal, which turns the cereal soggy quick and looks like this:

    OR, you could use yogurt which allows for the cereal to stay atop the surface and keep drier for longer. After quite a bit of time, I noticed the cereal eventually began to get soggy, but it still turned out better than using milk.

    Also good to note: you’ll want to smooth out the yogurt before you place the cereal bits. If the surface of the yogurt is choppy, it’ll be harder to sell it as milk. And if you don’t have yogurt, then glue is also said to work. Here’s how it turned out:

    Grapes with deodorant

    The second dish on the menu is delicious grapes seasoned with some succulent deodorant. Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds. For this item you’ll need:

    • Grapes
    • A plate
    • Spray deodorant

    Regular grapes without spray look like this on camera:

    But, grapes with a little bit of spray get a shiny look to them, which makes them appear fresher. And they smell nicer too. Although again, make sure it’s clear these grapes are not for eating. Nothing’s worse than someone accidentally eating one and gagging. I found the spray worked wonders in making the grapes look nicer.

    You’ll want to use a good amount of spray too. Here’s how they turned out with the deodorant:

    Soda with soap

    The last item on the menu is soapy soda. For this step you’ll need the following items:

    • Soda
    • Dish soap
    • A cup
    • A spoon

    Soda usually loses the fizzy look within seconds of being poured, turning out like this on camera:

    Could be mistaken for tea or coffee, right?

    But, add a little bit of dish soap, stir with a spoon, and you get bubbles on top which will last much longer. This is especially good for advertising; you never know when you might need that fizzy look to last for several minutes. I found you need to stir in the soap really well or some of it will stay on the surface.

    Here’s how it turned out:

    There you have it! Three food items you can make look better for the camera. Just remember: Don’t consume.

    Here’s a video by YouTube channel, WOWsoAmaze, which shows some other food examples and how the advertisers trick your eyes.

    Have fun and be sure to get creative with how you doctor up your food.

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    • Keaton is an actor and writer who works with the Initiative Production Company in Brisbane, Australia. Native to Alaska, he enjoys staring at the stars while contemplating the meaning of life.

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