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Science Sunday: Science Behind Food Photography

Welcome back to another edition of Science Sunday and today we are talking food photography today. Did you know that there are laws surrounding food photography? In the photo, the food you are advertising has to be real, but any food surrounding it does not. Watch the full Science Sunday segment below to learn about some common food swaps- some of them may surprise you.

So, the next time you see a food advertisement- see if you can spot the swaps. Then, we encourage you to try some of this at home. What substitutes can you make for food products that will make a great food picture?


We want to see what you try at home. Share your experiments with us on social media by using the #ScienceAtPlay and tagging @CTScienceCenter.


Aoife Ryle is a STEM Educator at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition to working with school groups, she works with our Teen Program, Overnights department, and shoots weekly science segments for WFSB. She has a degree in Bioengineering from the University of Maine and has a personal interest in the life sciences and engineering which makes bioengineering a perfect crossover.


Mark Dixon is a meteorologist on WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News and a host of the weekly Science Sunday segments with the Connecticut Science Center. He has been nominated for several Emmy awards for weather anchoring and has won awards from the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association and the American Meteorological society.