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Culinary Photoshoot

V 1.0 - 2021.12.01


By collaborating with the OCUS community, Yemeksepeti aims to fill the app with high quality, aesthetic and standardized photos.


How to schedule a photoshoot

If you are scheduling for the first time and are not sure of the correct process, please follow the instructions from this guide here to ensure that you follow the correct protocol with the business owner.

By accepting this assignment, you will be representing OCUS in the eyes of our client. We count on you to demonstrate a high level of professionalism in your coming interactions. If a photoshoot already has an appointment scheduled, please respect this appointment and only assign yourself to the photoshoot if you are available at this time.

When scheduling a photoshoot date, you need to confirm the following information with the restaurant owner:

  • The restaurant will prepare the amount of items stated in the package details, if this is not possible, please use the assignment comments to inform us about this, so it doesn’t delay the validation process of the photos.

  • The food is served in real plates or eco-friendly ones, if they use plastic plates you need to cancel the photoshoot and inform OCUS about this in the assignment page.

  • Restaurant tables are not of a dark tone or metallic, if that’s the case you need to cancel the photoshoot or bring your own background compliant with this guideline (more information about this can be found below).


When and how to upload my images

Your priority is to take excellent photos. To ensure consistency across our entire community, OCUS is handling the post-production internally. Please respect the following requirements to make sure that we can deliver the best results to our client.

  • Don’t edit any of your photos (no crop, no edit).

  • Don’t remove the metadata from the files.

  • Select your best shots and don't send more files than required.

  • Follow the naming convention below (take some notes during the photoshoot to keep all the needed information).

If something does not allow you to strictly follow these guidelines during the photoshoot, you must let us know with a comment on your dashboard after your upload.


Please refer to your assignment page on your OCUS dashboard to get the list of dishes to shoot at the restaurant. You will also find next to each dish name the DishID to use in the naming.

Kindly rename your files following this structure:

  • For single menu items: IDNumber.jpg

  • For Header shots: Header.jpg

If the restaurant serves a dish that is not listed, please follow this naming: Dishname.jpg Attention: Please don't use special characters (^"üō) and no space between words. Examples:

  • 11596601.jpg

  • header.jpg

  • 250gramcigkofte.jpg (in case of dish not present in the list)

Please make sure you upload your files to the correct category, and then confirm when you've finish the uploading process by clicking on send all media to send the files to OCUS.

⚠️ Send your pictures before midnight on the day of the photoshoot.

⚠️ Keep your RAW files until your assignment is validated.


This photoshoot is a gift to the restaurants determined by Yemeksepeti.

When you call the on-site contact, you can indicate you are an OCUS photographer, that you are calling them to shoot free professional product photos to be used on the Yemeksepeti restaurant page, and you would like to make an appointment for the photoshoot.

Your goal is to take enticing photos that make people eager to order food from the Yemeksepeti platform.

⚠️ Remember to always shoot your photos in RAW format, but only upload JPG files to the OCUS platform.

If you need to ask us any question, you can use the link at the bottom of this page to visit our Help Center, and we'll be happy to help you.



Full frame or APS-C

General settings:

  • ISO 400

  • WB: 5700 K


35-75mm (full frame)

General settings:

  • Aperture: f/8 - f/11 (on full-frame camera)